Back in 2002, the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement to create a new project called “Cross-sectoral energy efficiency and removal of barriers to ESCO operation”. The project was co-funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the MEW and under the direct management of UNDP Lebanon.
One main objective of this project was to create a national energy agency for Lebanon to be called the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC). The project team started its operation in early 2005, and gradually the project name changed to LCEC. The LCEC project succeeded in implementing a number of activities to push for energy efficiency development in Lebanon. Gradually, the LCEC established itself as an independent technical national center offering the Lebanese Government and more specifically the Ministry of Energy and Water all kinds of services dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The role of the LCEC project was consolidated as an independent technical national center in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between MEW and UNDP on 18 June 2007. GEF and UNDP extended their support to the LCEC in 2009 until the end of 2013.
In 2011, LCEC finally achieved to stand out as an independent organization affiliated to the MEWand is now financially and administratively independent. LCEC operates under the direct supervision of the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water.
In 2013, the financial and administrative support of GEF and UNDP to LCEC came to an end. During that same year, LCEC received its first financial support from the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). LCEC also benefits from the support of the European Union (EU) through a contract signed with the Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL).