Year of launch:: 

The ACTE (Alliance des Communes pour la Transition Energétique) programme was launched on  May 27th, 2015 as a partnership between ANME, the Local Government Loans and Support Fund (Caisse des Prêts et de Support des Collectivités Locales – CPSCL) and the General Directorate of Public and Local Authorities (Direction Générale des Collectivités Publiques et Locales – DGCPL).  The programme aims to strengthen the capacity of Tunisian local authorities to contribute at the local level to the national energy transition, through taking advantage of opportunities for increased energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies.

The programme covers the following six areas:

1. Urban planning and construction

  • Urban planning
  • Building permits

2. Municipal buildings and infrastructure

  • Communal buildings
  • Public lighting
  • Green spaces
  • Vehicle fleet

3. Diversification of energy sources

  • Energy production and distribution
  • Waste recovery

4. Urban mobility

  • Travel management
  • Urban transport

5. Internal organization and governance

  • Budgets
  • Human resources
  • Public sector procurement

6. Co-operation and communication

  • Inter-administration co-operation
  • Cooperation with other sectors
  • Communication


The choice of these six areas of engagement has enabled ANME to comply with the methodological framework of the European Energy Award (eea®).  This will serve as the basis for the creation of a system of energy management and certification for local authorities in Tunisia.  The programme will come under the “Project to Support the National Energy Transition Plan for Local Authorities in Tunisia, introduction of ACTE / MEA certification” financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

eea® certification is a methodology originating in Switzerland, currently used by more than 1,300 local authorities in nine European countries and three pilot countries (Romania, Ukraine and Morocco).  It is a system of quality management for local authorities developing sustainable energy, which provides a basis for the analysis, planning, monitoring and evaluation of municipal energy policies.


This project has four main components:



  • 30%
    The scarcity of national natural resources along with the increase of energy demand leads Tunisia to initiate an energy transition process focusing on the increase of the share of renewable energies in the production of electricity in order to reach 12% by 2020 and 30% by 2030, in comparison to the current 3%. Indeed, the objective is to reach a renewable electric power of 3815 MW by 2030.
  • 45%
    International negotiations on climate change resulted in a historic agreement in December 2015 in Paris called the "Paris Agreement"
  • 35%
    Penetration rate of renewable energies in electricity production in 2030