CEBC MENA Clean Energy Month in Review
July 2019
CEBC welcomes new corporate member Navigant Consulting
The Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) would like to welcome Navigant Consulting as a a corporate member. Navigant is a specialized, global professional services firm with offices all over the wold in Asia, Europe and North America and the Middle East.

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CEBC launches a new working group on Climate Finance
The CEBC launched a new working group focusing on Climate Finance . The main objectives of the group are to promote businesses and encourage investments in the sector and to educate the market on the importance of financing climate change related projects. Founding members of the working group include Dentons, Eversheds Sutherland, The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association, ENGIE, Ashurst and Johnson Controls.

The working group held its first meeting on 29th of July in Dubai where the goals for 2019 were set.

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CEBC attended the first business councils roundtabe meeting by SRTIP
The CEBC was invited for the first business roundtable meeting at the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP).

The discussion was held to strengthen the economic and investment partnership between the park and the business community in the UAE, and the park's role in shaping Sharjah's R&D and innovation ecosystem and driving its transition towards a sustainable, knowledge-based economy.

His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, SRTI Park’s CEO, reviewed the priorities, vision and objectives of the park, which is to create an environment conducive to creativity and innovation to enhance the status of the Emirate of Sharjah as the global destination in the fields of research and technology and to support its move towards the knowledge economy.

CEBC attended the first business councils outreach meeting by the UAE Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulations
The CEBC attended the first business councils outreach meeting by the UAE Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulations (FANR) to discuss the collaboration between the authority and the business councils and to provide up-to-date information about the import and export regulations for the nuclear related products and goods that matters the members of the councils.
Members News
Saudi foodmaker, NADEC, turns to ENGIE for 30MW of solar supply
The National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) of Saudi Arabia for have entrusted ENGIE (CEBC partner and board member) with the development of 30 MW of captive solar PV. The 25-year PPA for the project was signed on 29 July.
Once live, Engie’s scheme will slash NADEC’s carbon emissions by 53 million kilograms and fuel use by 124,000 barrels a year, according to its estimates.

For Engie, the Saudi Arabia project adds to its solar pipeline beyond France, with recent progress with a  60MW duo in Senegal  and a  746MW auction-backed pipeline in Mexico . The firm manages a 1.85GW solar portfolio across the globe and claims to be France’s top industry player, at a reported 12% market share.

ACWA Power inaugurated Shuaibah Expansion II IWP as part of a number of water projects in Makkah.
ACWA Power (CEBC partner and board member) announced the commercial operation of the Shuaibah II IWP plant in May 2019, ahead of scheduled date. The plant recorded high energy efficiency savings that exceeded the contractual terms of the project - adhering to and aligning with the efforts of Vision 2030 to conserve energy in the long term.

ACWA Power also owns and operates Shuaibah IWPP, the first IWPP developed following the Saudi government’s decision to open the market to private investment, which generates 900 MW of power and 880,000 m3/day. In addition, ACWA Power completed the 150,000 m3/day Shuaibah Expansion IWP in 2009.

Request for Qualification for the Second phase of OPWP's Solar Program in Oman
In line with Oman’s vision to diversify fuel sources through the use of clean energy for power generation and following the procurement of Ibri II solar PV, Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is planning to develop its second phase of the solar program known as Manah Solar I IPP and Manah Solar II IPP (Projects) with each having a capacity generation between 500 MW to 600 MW. The Projects will be located at Manah which is around 150 km south west from Muscat.

The projects each to be developed as a private sector project by appropriately qualified developers. OPWP is announcing the launch of the qualification process for the developers through the Request for Qualification (RFQ).

Neutral Fuels to expand to India and Bahrain
Neutral Fuels (CEBC corporate member) is expanding to India and Bahrain & two more Emirates, after a successful decade of Innovation in the Biofuels sector in the UAE. As McDonald's fleet and Del Monte's entirety on Biofuel, Neutral Fuels is now expanding into other markets.

The company has also successfully launched a bond on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange raising "a substantial quantity of money” that can't be disclosed at the moment.

With McDonald’s as a partner, Mr Feilder brought on the fast food chain’s supply chain partners such as Del Monte to run on biofuel as well, eventually clocking up five million kilometres within five years of being in business.

RAKEZ partners with Smart4Power to reduce energy, water consumption by 38%
Smart4Power (CEBC corporate member) has been contracted to complete a retrofit of nine buildings – one a district cooling plant – in Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ). Part of RAZEK’s contribution towards the targets of RAK’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy 2040, works will take place over the next five years and will provide energy and water savings of 38.5% versus typical consumption patterns.

The project will preserve more than 25GW-hours of electricity over the duration of the contract. Additionally, over 14million imperial gallons of water will be saved, enough to fill 25 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Veritas Capital-backed Guidehouse to Acquire Navigant Consulting, Inc. for $1.1 Billion
Guidehouse, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital and leading provider of management consulting services to government clients, announced it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Navigant Consulting (CEBC corporate member) in a transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion.

“Guidehouse and Navigant are both leaders in their markets today, and this combination creates a new, highly differentiated platform with capabilities and expertise in both commercial and public sector consulting. We look forward to the next chapter of growth as the new organization goes out to market as one entity with combined expertise and scale,” said Ramzi Musallam, CEO and Managing Partner of Veritas Capital.

Research and Publications
APICORP MENA Power Investment Outlook 2019 – 2023
The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) published a report about the MENA Power Investment outlook 2019-2023. The key points of the report are:
  • Investments worth USD 209 billion needed in MENA Power Sector from 2019 to 2023
  • MENA region will need to install 88GW of power generation capacity over the period 2019-2023
  • Electricity demand growth to slow over the medium term leading to some overbuilding
  • Renewable Energy to account for 34% of power investments in the MENA region
  • Close to 87GW of generation capacity is currently under execution, driven by the UAE (19%), followed by Saudi Arabia (17%) and Egypt (16%)
  • Private sector financing dependent on sector reforms and government guarantees
  • Highly leveraged power projects in the region continue to be financed based on non-recourse or limited recourse structure

Doing Business 2019 by the World Bank Group
Doing Business 2019 : Training for Reform, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 16th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.  Doing Business  presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.

Doing Business  measures regulations affecting 11 areas of the life of a business. Ten of these areas are included in this year’s ranking on the ease of doing business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.  Doing Business  also measures labor market regulation, which is not included in this year’s ranking.

We have a large number of research publications and reports available to download in our    Knowledge Centre .
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Women in Clean Energy (WICE) Spotlight
This is a new section dedicated to the Women in Clean Energy (WICE) group. We will feature a professional women every month in this section.
Mrs. Habiba Al Mar'ashi
It is our pleasure to launch the Women in Clean Energy (WICE) spotlight section by featuring Mrs. Habiba Al Mar'ashi, Co-founder and Chairperson of the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a pioneering nongovernmental organisation (NGO) based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), founded in 1991. 

The spotlight is designed in an interview format to give the reader a deep and useful insight.

Upcoming Events
Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability Panel Discussion by EEG
Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) in partnership with the CEBC is organising its 4 th  Panel Discussion of the year in Dubai on the  26 th  of August  under the topic of " AI and Sustainability" . The panel discussion will aim to foster an open conversation about the importance in the integration of technology and environmental issues. The panel discussion will aim to foster an open conversation about the importance of the efforts we need to undertake in order to combat the effects of climate change. 

The event is only AED 160 for CEBC members. Register now by sending an email to:

Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit 2019
Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit taking place from 29-30 October 2019 in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi City Municipality” and participation from more than 20 other governmental and semi-governmental entities.

The UAE, with ambitious visions such as the UAE Continental 2071 and the UAE AI Strategy 2031, aims to create a better world for its citizens, boost government performance at all levels, promote education in Emerging Technologies and make the UAE a global leader in the field of AI investments.

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Solar Plaza Solar Asset Management Conference 2019
The first edition of  Solar Asset Management MENA  will take place on  19-20 November 2019  in  Dubai . The conference will be  the  strategic platform for the MENA region's solar PV industry focusing on the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios.

A market estimated to be worth more than $20 billion, the MENA solar sector is poised to continue on its upward trajectory - with another $15 billion worth of projects becoming operational within the next five years. Situated on the global Sunbelt, the region is well-equipped with all the necessities to become an oasis of solar energy production. Accounting for almost 3 GW of operational capacity, solar seems to only loom large for MENA.

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UAE Global Hybrid Electric Challenge GHEC 2019
Th e Global Hybrid Electric Challenge in the United Arab Emirates (GHEC-UAE) is the latest international collegiate competition promoting education, energy efficiency, and environmental consciousness. The next event will be held in UAE on 21 - 23 November 2019 , and is open to institutions of higher learning in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). 

Whilst the GHEC-UAE seeks to encourage competition amongst engineering students, it is also aimed at providing a means to convert their knowledge into real world solutions that promote energy efficiency. It brings together students with shared interests from across the MENA and enables them to compete their hand-built hybrid-electric powered cars in one of the most exciting racing tracks. The GHEC-UAE further allows students and engineers to share their common interest in automotive racing technology, sustainable energy, and hands on engineering, and expand their network of professional friends.

If you are a faculty member or university student, check how to register here
Middle East Electricity Saudi (MEE Saudi) is a fundamental annual platform gathering several international power players looking to invest in the country. Held between 19-21 November 2019 , this leading exhibition and conference is perfect for organizations to position themselves as thought leaders in one of the most dynamic GCC Power and Electricity markets.

MEE Saudi serves as a fully comprehensive event showcasing the core segments of the power and energy industry, including: power generation, transmission & distribution, lighting, solar, renewables and energy storage & management. In support of Vision 2030 which concentrates heavily on renewables, the 2019 edition of MEE Saudi is pleased to incorporate a new dedicated section to the show - Renewable Energy Arabia.

The event is free and open for the public.

Gulf Traffic Exhibition 2019
Launched in 2002 Gulf Traffic has become the region’s largest and the most influential Traffic & Transport exhibition, providing businesses in the industry with a once-a-year opportunity to influence and network with key government officials, key decision makers, consultants, engineers and other interested parties niche to the traffic and transport sector.

This year, the Future Mobility Club will be organizing a Future Mobility Forum at the Gulf Traffic to talk about the latest trends in mobility and the outlook in the region.

Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit 2019
The 2nd Edition Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit will be held from 09 - 10 December 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman . The Summit takes into account, the current energy landscape; bringing together regulatory authorities, senior stakeholders, policy makers, influencers and solution providers driving the clean energy eco-system in the region.

CEBC members can redeem their 25% discount by filling in this form and sending it to:

CEBC member, EVERA, is providing green transportation from Dubai to SETS in Muscat. If interested, please register here

Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition & Conference 2020
RAWMEC is Lebanon’s largest recycling and waste management exhibition and conference. It is part of a bigger platform called Lebanon Sustainability Week , which will focus on solid waste, industrial waste and alternative energy. With participation from various stakeholders including decision makers, industry experts, innovators, private sector, investors and academia, RAWMEC will provide impetus to sustainability initiatives in Lebanon and other regional countries. RAEMEC will take place on 18-20 March 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition and Conference (RAWMEC)
As the largest and most influential PV trade shows in South China and the second largest one in China, PV Guangzhou 2019 in partnership with the CEBC is going to cover a show floor of 40,000 sq.m, with 600 quality exhibitors displaying state-of-the-art PV technology on 16th-18th of August 2019 in Guangzhou, China.

CEBC partner members  can have two nights of free accommodation (at least 4 stars). If interested in the event, please confirm your registration by sending an email to:

Clean Energy News
90% of Dubai's 6,500 limousines to go green by 2026, RTA says
According to the Dubai Media Office, RTA to transform 90% of Dubai‘s 6,500 strong limousine fleet into an environment-friendly vehicle by 2026. Moreover, 39.9 tonnes of carbon emission is produced per annum, which leads to this kickstart initiative by RTA.
Work on a seven-year plan would begin & include raising the ratio of green limos and transforming 50% of Dubai taxi fleet into hybrid vehicles.
Financial savings will certainly play a major role in this initiative.RTA is offering different franchise discounts in order to avail the services smoothly.

UAE, Saudi Arabia to drive MENA $209b power sector expansion
The latest MENA Power Investment outlook 2019-2023 report was issued by the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicop), a multilateral development financial institution. According to the report, close to 87GW of generation capacity is currently under execution, driven by the UAE (19 per cent), followed by Saudi Arabia (17 per cent) and Egypt (16 per cent). This is expected to translate into $142 billion for power generation, and approximately $68 billion for transmission and distribution, said the report.
Further Report states that government remains involved at different phases of power projects & on the other hand the private sector is critical for risk management due to its track record in performance.

Saudi food maker turns to ENGIE for 30MW of the solar supply
Engie has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a solar plant to back the operations of Saudi Arabia’s self-styled largest listed food group. The PPA, covering a 25-year period, will see solar power sold to NADEC at a fixed price of 0.094 riyals per kWh (around US$0.025/kWh). For Engie, the Saudi Arabia project adds to its solar pipeline beyond France, with recent progress with 60MW duo in Senegal  and a  746MW auction-backed pipeline in Mexico .

Saudi Arabia invites bids for Round Two of the National Renewable Energy Program
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia issued the RFPs for Round Two of National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). Announcement of two projects in the Category A - smaller projects and four Solar projects in category B - larger projects with total solar PV capacity of 1.47 gigawatts (GW) is proposed to qualified companies on August 1st

DEWA invites solar energy companies to take part in the 4th Dubai Solar Show
DEWA announced 4th Dubai Solar Show (the largest solar-technology exhibition in the region) in alliance with WETEX 2019 and the World Green Economy Summit wherein DEWA will showcase its efforts in research, development, and innovation in the field of solar energy. DEWA aims to highlight the Shams Dubai initiative that encourages building owners to install photovoltaic solar systems to generate electricity and connect them to DEWA’s grid.

Dhofar project targets 10% of Oman’s green energy needs
First-of-its-kind in the Gulf, the Dhofar Wind Project by Rural Areas Electricity Company @Tanweer aims to secure a minimum 10% share of Oman’s total energy needs from sustainable energy sources within the next five years. The project spans over 1,900 hectares utilising a $100mn investment with the capacity to deliver over 50MW of clean energy.

Egypt: Egypt to establish a centre for sustainable development in MENA.
Egypt's Financial Regulatory Authority FRA is set to establish a new centre in alliance with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that offers consultancy services for sustainability in the MENA region.   [Read More]

Morocco: Morocco prioritises the world's largest solar plant
Morocco's status as a global poster-boy for renewable energy was confirmed in May when it signed a $780mn contract to build Noor Midelt, a plant that solves solar energy's biggest problem: what happens when the sun goes down? The plant, to be built by a French-led consortium, combines two solar technologies to give it daytime and after-dark power generation. It will be the jewel in the crown of an impressive strategy. [Read More]

Tunisia: Lowest bid in Tunisia’s 500 MW solar tender comes in at $0.0244
Tunisia’s Ministry for Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy has received five bids for  the 500 MW solar tender it launched in November 2018 . The Tunisian government had pre-qualified 16 developers for the tender. Among them were European energy giants Enel, Engie, Total and EDF – the latter in a consortium with UAE-based Masdar and Japan’s Mitsui.  [Read More]

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