LCEC works on setting national strategies and action plans to be adopted by the Lebanese Government. LCEC also works on the implementation and the quality control of national projects and initiatives in the country. LCEC is also involved in the update and development of the legal and administrative framework needed for the greening of the energy sector. Until date, LCEC has implemented numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and initiatives that have resulted in many positive changes within the Lebanese society and economy.
The main driver of the LCEC is the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) that summarizes the national efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy. At the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, Lebanon voluntarily pledged to increase the renewable energy share to 12% by 2020. This voluntary commitment was anchored within the “Policy Paper for the Electricity Sector” prepared by the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and officially adopted by the Council of Ministers in June 2010. The policy paper includes ten strategic initiatives for the improvement of infrastructure, supply and demand systems and the definition of legal framework. Two key initiatives target respectively the renewable energy and the demand side management/ energy efficiency.
Developed by the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), adopted in August 2010 by MEW and approved in November 2011 by the Lebanese Government, the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) for Lebanon 2011-2015 summarizes all national objectives, programmes and policies in 14 independent but correlated initiatives in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. NEEAP was prepared in conformance with the Arab EE guideline (based on the EU directive 2006/32/EC on energy end-use efficiency and energy service) and Lebanon was the first Arab country to officially adopt such plan. LCEC is currently updating the NEEAP while preparing the Renewable Energy Strategy for Lebanon that will include several scenarios in achieving the set target of 12% RE by 2020 and that will also be in accordance with the Arab renewable energy guideline under preparation.
Moreover, LCEC provides both the public and private sector with expert advice, finance and accreditation, develops energy efficiency standards and labels, and provides national energy database indicators.LCEC is successful in establishing partnerships with the private and public sectors and in representing Lebanon in the international arena. LCEC is the national focal point for Lebanon in the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), the League of Arab States (LAS), the EU-funded MED-ENEC project, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP), the UNEP-funded En-Lighten initiative. LCEC also represents the Lebanon Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC).