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AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

Ensuring affordable, reliable and efficient energy while also increasing our use of renewable energy.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon has a high potential to move away from oil as a main fuel for energy and rely more on renewable energy from resources such as sun, wind and water. Significant efforts are needed to improve greenhouse gas emissions and the affordability of energy.

Did you know that…?

• In Lebanon up to 4.5% of electricity comes from hydropower and up to 95.5% from oil.
• In 2012 Electricité du Liban (EDL) only met 63% of the demand for electricity in Lebanon.
• 53% of Lebanon’s total greenhouse gas emissions were from the energy sector in 2012.

By moving away from diesel oil as a main fuel for energy to more sustainable forms, Lebanese citizens could access more affordable energy while also improving the environment.

INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Fostering innovation and building resilient infrastructure to promote inclusive sustainable industrialization as a driver of sustained economic growth and sustainable development.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon has a reputation for vibrant entrepreneurship and has done a lot to improve the conditions for small businesses to grow. However, additional efforts are needed to modernize the infrastructure, promote innovation and strengthen the industrial sector.

Did you know that…?

• The information and communication technology sector in Lebanon is expected to grow 7.24% annually in the 2015-2018 period.
• Manufacturing exports decreased by almost 30% from 2012 to 2015.
• The estimated cost of traffic congestion in Lebanon is estimated at between 5% and 10% of GDP annually.

Lebanon has the human capital to innovate and develop an industrial sector that is economically and environmentally sustainable and inclusive, helping to maximize jobs and economic opportunities.

REDUCED INEQUALITIES

Reducing economic, social, legal and political inequalities based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, economic or other status through the adoption of policies protecting the equal human rights of all.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon faces a wide range of inequalities including income, consumption and social, particularly between Beirut and rural areas. Geographical disparities are further exacerbated due to the manner of allocating funding directly to municipalities, particularly affecting municipalities in rural areas.

Did you know that…?

• The richest 20% in Lebanon account for 40% of all consumption, five times more than the poorest 20%.
• Lebanon does not have a civil code guaranteeing equal treatment for all in personal status matters such as marriage, custody and inheritance, but rather has 15 separate personal status laws that are linked to religious sects.
• The 244 most vulnerable municipalities host 87% of all displaced persons from Syria.

Tackling all types of social, political and economic inequality, especially inequality between urban and peripheral areas, will help Lebanon take big steps towards sustainable development for all.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Providing safe and sustainable cities through the protection of cultural and natural heritage, secure housing, transport systems and road safety with a focus on sustainable urbanization and environmental impact.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon has a rich urban cultural heritage, with a number of the world’s oldest cities. The country has, however, witnessed large demographic changes, including a high level of conflict induced urbanisation and waves of external and internal displacements. Such increasingly complex urban contexts can make it more difficult to maintain social coherence and ensure inclusion.

Did you know that…?

• Around 90% of the population in Lebanon live in urban areas and about 30% live in the Beirut metropolitan area alone.
• The majority of Syrian refugees live in urban areas, often in high density poor neighbourhoods and sometimes in vulnerable conditions.
• 63% of Palestine refugees in Lebanon and 55% of Palestine refugees from Syria live inside camps, most of which are located in urban areas.

Urban inequalities can be reduced by making cities more inclusive, safe and environmentally friendly through robust, localized planning. With its small geographical size, better planning could, for example, promote the development of a sustainable transport system in 15 years which has a low environmental impact and can increase road safety.

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Sustainable consumption and production involves the efficient management of natural resources and chemicals and the reduction of waste pollutant products.

IN LEBANON

Since 2000, Lebanon has implemented environmental legislation requiring industries to minimize their pollution. However, environmental governance at municipal level and national level regulation and enforcement needs to be further strengthened for better recycling and waste management.

Did you know that…?

• Lebanon was able to reduce consumption of CFC (a substance that depletes the ozone layer) from 928 tons to 0 tons in less than fifteen years.
• In 2010, 17% of household solid waste was recycled while 83% was sent to landfills or open dumps, including potentially hazardous forms of waste.

Raising awareness on the benefits of sustainable consumption and production can lead Lebanon to transform itself into a green economy and significantly reduce its negative impact on the environment.

CLIMATE ACTION

Integrating climate change into national policies and raising awareness about it, while strengthening the country’s ability to deal with the results of climate change.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon has signed several conventions, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, and established several institutions dedicated to the protection of the environment. The country is vulnerable to extreme events such as winter floods and extended hot summer days that are increasing due to climate change. More can be done to reduce Lebanon’s contribution to climate change and increase the capacities of institutions working with environmental issues.

Did you know that…?

• Lebanon increased its greenhouse gas emissions, gases that are harmful to the environment and contribute to climate change, by nearly 5% annually between 1994 and 2012.
• It is estimated that by 2040 rainfall in Lebanon will have decreased by 10-20%.
• At the current rate, sea levels in Lebanon will rise with up to 60 cm in the next 30 years.

Combating climate change will allow our children and their children to experience and live in the Lebanon we know today.

LIFE BELOW WATER

Protecting and conserving marine and coastal areas and ecosystems by reducing marine pollution, ocean acidification and over-fishing.

IN LEBANON

With around 240 kilometres of coastline, Lebanon’s coastal zone is a key element of its natural capital, beauty and tourist attractions. However, the lack of protection measures is negatively affecting these ecosystems and the species living in them.

Did you know that…?

• In 2010, 65% of total sewage in Lebanon ended up in coastal waters.
• Between 1975 and 2001 an estimated 1,269 illegal properties were constructed along the coastline, which negatively affected coastal and marine ecosystems.

By creating effective management policies, Lebanon can go a long way in protecting the national treasure of marine and coastal ecosystems.

LIFE ON LAND

Conserving and protecting freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, forests and biodiversity from deforestation, desertification and non-native species.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon, with a unique biodiversity, has an identity that is deeply linked to the cedar tree — and yet its forests are at grave risk of dissappearing. Development after the civil war has come at a cost to the natural ecosystems mainly due to unsustainable urban growth.

Did you know that…?

• Lebanon has a very high biodiversity with 0.25 different species per square kilometre—more than in Brazil.
• Growing urbanization is estimated to consume about 5 square kilometres of natural areas every year in Lebanon.

By protecting, restoring and promoting terrestrial ecosystems through urban planning and public awareness, Lebanon can take advantage of its rich and diverse ecosystems and habitats.

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