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Growth accompanied by efficiency and diversification
As Lebanon’s construction sector continues to grow, the lighting market will need to expand in order to satisfy rising demand for new materials and services.

USD 25 billion in ongoing and planned projects in Lebanon

  • Recent residential and touristic projects estimated at USD 8 billion in Beirut alone
  • Current infrastructure projects total USD 2.376 billion
  • More than USD 5 billion worth of projects planned by Solidere

Along with additional high-caliber residential and touristic projects planned for 2012, the market is expected to evolve in order to cater for an ever broader array of actual end-users including an increasing number of environmentally aware clients.  

On the national level, the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water launched a series of initiatives to improve the lighting sector across the country in partnership with the UNDP:

USD 7 million action plan to phase out incandescent lamps in Lebanon

  • Develop the Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) market
  • Replace 3 million incandescent lamps with 3 million CFLs in 1 million households (3 lamps per house)
  • One-time USD 7 million investment resulting in USD 76 million saved per year

USD 0.58 million for the development of public street lighting

  • Implement energy conservation measures
  • Initiate an operation and maintenance plan 



A growing demand for a full range of products and services
Lebanon’s temperate climate and 4 distinct seasons entail that the country’s demand is not limited to air conditioning - as with most Arab countries with higher temperatures year-round - but covers all aspects of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market.

The rise in the number of residential and touristic projects directly drives the market, creating a need for a wide range of HVAC solutions and techniques able to satisfy end-clients’ needs both quantitatively and qualitatively.

More than USD 20 billion worth of projects to develop the water and energy sectors in Lebanon

The trend in Lebanon’s energy sector is towards foreign investment and partnerships with the private sector to develop and supplement the output of national institutions, in parallel with the government's financial support.

Investment opportunities are plentiful with more than USD 20 billion worth of projects planned or underway in the country’s Water and Electricity sectors, including:

  • USD 4.5 billion for electricity development plan
  • USD 9 billion for sewage plants
  • USD 9 billion for water projects

In addition, recently discovered natural gas reserves in Lebanese territorial waters off the country’s southern coast present interesting exploitation prospects.



USD 4.87 billion plan to build modern electrical power plants and grid technology in 2011-2014
Self-generation plays a large role in electricity supply and demand in Lebanon despite the high level of electrification (99.9%). Individual or community-based back-up generators are commonly used in the industrial sector as well as among low-voltage consumers (households and commerce).

The Lebanese government approved a USD 4.87 billion electricity plan to boost power production from 1,500 MW to 4,000 MW in 2014, utilizing natural gas instead of fuel oil, as well as other energy sources.

As part of this plan, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) was formed within the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) to supervise energy efficiency and renewable energy in Lebanon and oversee the implementation of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) covering more than 10 national initiatives in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and green buildings.

The plan also includes the construction of an infrastructure for handling the gas and this will include a liquefied natural gas pipeline along the Lebanese coast. In the long run, the plan calls for investing another USD 1.65 billion so Lebanon can produce 5,000 MW of electricity.