CENII Newsletter: Issue May 2016

EU-GCC Clean Energy Network II

fostering clean energy partnerships

EU-GCC Clean Energy Network II

Τhe EU GCC Clean Energy Network  aims to catalyze partnerships between clean energy stakeholders in the GCC and the EU.

The Network is a source of information on clean energy topics, the inclusive platform for stakeholders to meet and debate and the bridge towards cooperation on clean energy, including policy, technology and industry as well as research aspects, among various players across the EU and GCC countries.

Network News

Productive discussions during the first EU-GCC Clean Energy Network consultation workshop, 24 May 2016, Dubai, UAE

The EU-GCC Clean Energy Network and the Clean Energy Business Council sign MoU

The EU-GCC Clean Energy Network (CENII) hosted with success the first Working Groups’ Consultation Workshop, with experts from the two regions’ discussing cooperation potential in the fields of Renewable Energy Sources, Electricity Interconnections and Market Integration. The EU-funded workshop was organised with the support of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and in association with the Clean Energy Business Council.
The  workshop gathered more than 100 senior energy professionals from across the region and included addresses from distinguished public and private sector authorities and experts including representatives from Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the EU Delegation to the UAE, the Clean Energy Business Council, Dubai Carbon Centre, Qatar National Research Fund, MESIA, BELECTRIC Gulf Ltd, Petroleum Institute, CENER, Hydrocity Ltd, DWE and DII, Castalia Strategy, TRANSCO, Siemens, GCC Interconnection Authority, Baringa Partners and others.

About the event.

Introducing new members of the Network Team (CENII project experts)

Collaboration within the Working Groups is guided and facilitated by the Working Group Conveners.The selection and appointment of the Network’s Working Group Conveners (part of the CENII project team) has been finalized. 

Get to know the Working Groups’ conveners:

The Network at the RE-ACTIVATE Workshop, 31 May 2016, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Mustapha Taoumi participates as an invited speaker at the workshop that the GIZ project RE-ACTIVATE (Employment Promotion through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the MENA Region) is organizing together with RCREEE, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, on 31 May 2016 in Cairo on the sidelines of the Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ARFREE) organized by the League of Arab States (LAS). The workshop is on ”The Socio-Economic Benefits of Sustainable Energy: Opportunities, Approaches and Instruments for Local Value and Employment Promotion through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Middle East and North Africa”. 

Optimising energy use in cities: Training Workshop, 31 May 2016,Sant Cugat, Spain

The EU GCC Clean Energy Network supports the training seminars that the OPTIMUS EU research project is offering on how to automate energy data collection and integrate different data streams to make smart energy decisions for various types of buildings in a city to achieve cost and CO2-savings. This is an excellent opportunity for involving GCC city stakeholders in the relevant EU research agenda and providing insight in related best practices. On 31 May the first seminar is being held in Sant Cugat, Spain. Read more about this seminar here. There is still limited time to register/apply for the next seminars.

The Network at Oman Energy and Water, 23-25 May 2016, Muscat, Oman

The Network was a supporting organization at the Oman Energy and Water, Conference and Exhibition held in Muscat, 23-25 May 30, 2016, with Frank Wouters, the Network Director contributing as a speaker in the main conference. Interesting interaction with local energy stakeholders took place and the Network identified various opportunities for further concrete cooperation, indicatively with the Oman Green Building Council. More information here.

The Network at the EIC Connect Middle East 2016,17 May 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Frank Wouters took part at the interesting conference EIC connect, Middle East 2016 held in Abu Dhabi, on 17 May 2016 and made a presentation on “Transforming the GCC power sector”. The event aimed at exploring opportunities in the Middle East energy sectors while recognising the challenges that come with operating and contracting in the region. More information here.

The Network at the Dii Partners Meetings,10 May 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Frank Wouters represented the Network at the Dii regular Partner Meeting held at the Emirates Tower Hotel, on May 10, 2016. The Network and Dii are examining modes and joint actions to cooperate on. Stay tuned. More information here. 

“Electricity Tariffs:between Efficiency and Rationalization”, 9 May 2016, Kuwait

Dr. Mustapha Taoumi, the Network Energy Technology Expert, contributed as Keynote speaker in the workshop on "Electricity Tariffs: between Efficiency and Rationalization” that was organized in Kuwait on 9 June 2016 by the Kuwait Society of Engineers, in association with the EU GCC Clean Energy Network. During his mission in Kuwait, Dr Taoumi, discussed EU GCC collaboration with the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE), the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training and the Ministry of Electricity and Water. More information here

The Network at the "Clean Energy Project Financing in MENA" Conference, May 3, 2016

Frank Wouters, Network Director participated as a guest speaker at the regional conference on Clean Energy Projects Financing in MENA, organised by the Clean Energy Business Council on May 3. More information here.

Highlights for June 2016

Network Background Paper on “Clean energy topics for potential EU GCC cooperation” to be released.

The team is currently elaborating the feedback received from the online consultation on the working groups topics as well as from the recent consultation workshop on May 24. Soon the final version of the background paper will be released. Stay tuned! 

2nd OPTIMUS Training Workshop, 7 June 2016, Zaanstad, the Netherlands

Take advantage of this excellent sereies of training seminar organised by the OPTIMUS EU funded project and supported by the EU GCC Clean Energy Network. It is a unique opportunity for the GCC city stakeholders to follow the relevant EU research agenda and acquire insight in related best practices. Who should attend: City energy managers and facility / building managers; Technicians working on a Sustainable Energy Action Plans and Smart City solutions; Covenant Supporters and Coordinators, energy agencies and experts; Local political decision-makers keen to learn about smart energy solutions.  For more information here.

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), 13-17 June 2016, EU

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2016), an initiative of the European Commission, is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It includes the EUSEW Policy Conference, Energy Days and Networking Village and the EU Sustainable Energy Awards. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. More info here.

27 June: Deadline for applying for the Zayed Future Εnergy Prize

The 4 million $ annual award celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. Be part of this vision and the commitment to finding solutions that will meet the challenges of climate change, energy security and the environment. More information here.

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