Jordan’s Pathway to a Green Economy
Under Jordan’s National Agenda (2006-2015) “environmentally-sustainable economic development” is a priority in a wide range of sectors, including energy efficiency, transport, and waste management. For more information, please consult the national agenda here.
See Jordan's Country Study Summary
Within its 2010 Executive Programme the government of Jordan has stated has underscored its pursuit of a green economy development, asserting the need to “launch a programme for green services and industries to meet the requirements for adhering to environmental standards and turning Jordan into a regional center for green services and industries”.
Partnership with UNEP on Green Economy
In May 2010 the Minister of Environment approved the launch of a green economy initiative in Jordan. A scoping mission identified the following sectors as critical: land use management, agriculture, energy, eco-cities, urban planning, energy, transport, and buildings. A team of national and international experts have already concluded a draft version of the Green Economy Scoping Study (February 2011). Comments on the first draft of this study have been received by the Ministry of Environment of Jordan.
A review committee composed of the different sinistries will be constituted to oversee the finalisation of the Green Economy Scoping Study by the end of March 2011; UNEP will commission a policy paper aimed at the Council of Ministers and donors in order to raise the green economy profile and leverage funding.
Under the aegis of its support to the Green Economy process, UNEP participated in the 2nd Eco-CitiesForum co-organized by the Ministry of Environment of Jordan and UNIDO on 2-3 December 2010 in Marseilles, France. UNEP intervened on the theme of “Green Economy and Sustainable Urban Management”.
Other UN related initiatives
UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2008 - 2012 The UN system in Jordan has developed an action programme known as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 2008 to 2012. The Framework is designed to work in alignment with the national development piorities of Jordan. These include water, energy, and transport infrastructure upgrades and the sustainable management of natural resources and the environment. Specifically in the energy sector, UN support will include surveys, research, and assessments to facilitate the identification of which products and technologies offer the best opportunities for energy efficiency.
What Jordan Leaders have said about the Green Economy
Jordan Minister of Environment, Khalid Irani:
(...)"We need to raise awareness among customers to go to green power. (...) Jordan has 355 sunny days a year but we lack strategies for making use of solar energy in our lives.” Statement by H.E Khalid Irani, Minister of Environment, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, January 2011.
For the full statement, please click here.