Iran, France to coop in energy efficiency

Iran, France to coop in energy efficiency

Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

By Fatih Karimov – Trend:

Iran and France will cooperate in various environmental issues including energy efficiency, Massoumeh Ebtekar, Iran’s vice president and head of environment protection organization said.

She made the remarks following her meeting with the visiting French Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs Segolene Royal in Tehran on Aug. 28, SHANA news agency reported.

She further said that Tehran and Paris are determined to cooperate in the fields of tackling dust particles and improving water consumption pattern and water resources management as well.

Ebtekar added that the two sides also discussed the ways for following up the mutual agreements inked during President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to France last January.

During the trip 20 MOUs and cooperation documents including one on environment protection and air pollution prevention were signed between the two countries.

The MOU was the result of months of technical surveys of both sides as of many months ago aimed at improvement of the environmental conditions in regions that they have been endangered.

While commenting on the upcoming international environment exhibition which will be held in Iran in near future, Ebtekar said that preparing the ground for presence of French companies in the event also was discussed between the parties.

The French minister, heading a delegation including senior business figures from environmental and renewable energy firms specializing in water, pollution and energy efficiency, arrived in Tehran Aug. 27 for 3-day official visit.

She is due to visit Urmia Lake, in northwestern Iran, a UNESCO heritage site that has lost 90 percent of its surface water in the past two decades as a result of over-farming, dams and climate changes.

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