CEBC MENA Clean Energy Month in Review
June 2019
The CEBC kicked off the first public event of the Future Mobility Club (FMC)
The Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) organized the first public event of the Future Mobility Club (FMC) on the 26th of June from 6-9pm at Renault showroom in Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. More than 115 people representing more than 100 companies, from the mobility and energy sectors in the UAE and the MENA region, have attended the event. The event started with opening remarks from the Manager Director of the CEBC, Dr. Raed Bkayrat, followed by an informative talk by Nick Vinckier from Duval Union Consulting about the 7 trends that are shaping the future of mobility. Following the talk, we had two panel discussions; the first panel discussed the challenges and opportunities in the infrastructure and regulations of future mobility in the UAE and the MENA region where the second panel discussed the role of the government and the private sectors in the community awareness and education.

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The CEBC organized the first site tour to Expo 2020 Dubai
The Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) organized its first site tour at the Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday 30th of July 2019 for the CEBC members and community. More than 25 million visitors from all over the world are expected to be visiting Expo 2020 Dubai.

CEBC organizes a webinar titled "C utting Energy Costs in Industrial Facilities: Case Study of an Award-Winning ISO 50001 Project in Oman"
This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the recent implementation of ISO 50001 at an Omani food manufacturing facility, Areej Vegatable Oils & Derivatives, in Muscat.

ISO 50001 provides an internationally recognized framework to help commercial, industrial, and governmental organizations save energy costs. Organizations that implement ISO 50001 can quickly cut energy costs by more than 10%, typically by implementing no-cost and low-cost energy saving actions.

​Areej was successfully certified to ISO 50001 in October 2018, making it the first ISO 50001 certified organization in Oman. Areej has achieved very significant energy and costs savings resulting from its ISO 50001 project, helping the organization to better cope with increased electricity tariffs in Oman. Webinar panelists will include the Areej Assistant Manager for Energy Management and the consultant, GEN Europe, that provided technical assistance to the Areej team. 

The webinar will take place on Monday 29th of July from 1 - 2pm (Gulf Standard Time).

Members News
China buys 49% of ACWA Power renewables; US to build concrete thermal storage plant
China's Silk Road Fund has purchased a 49% stake in ACWA Power Renewable Energy (ACWA Power RenewCo), the Saudi Arabian group announced June 23.

ACWA Power is a leading solar and wind developer in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the dominant developer of CSP plants in the region.

ACWA Power RenewCo owns 1.7 GW of PV, CSP and wind assets across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Africa, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco, the company said.

CEBC Vice-chair talks about the largest single-site solar park in the world at Dubai Eye
Mhairi Main Garcia, Partner at Dentons (CEBC partner member) and Vice-chair of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) talks about Dubai renewable energy projects and initiatives and the largest single-site solar park in the world in the context of Dubai's goal to produce 25% of its energy through clean sources by 2030 on Dubai Eye 103.8

Application for the 2019 MENA Green Building Award is now open
The application period for the 2019 MENA Green Building Awards is now open. The 2019 MENA Green Building Awards recognizes and celebrates the achievements and success stories of organisations across the region who are supporting the industry's rapid transition to a net zero future. 

Organised by EmiratesGBC, the awards has 20 categories including, for the first time in the region, an award reconsigning a Zero Building Design or a Zero Building. 

The awards are endorsed by  World Green Building Council and held in partnership with regional Green Building Councils:  JordanLebanonEgyptKuwaitMorocco and  Palestine

Research and Publication
Energy Vulnerability in the Arab Region by ESCWA
This report seeks to identify sources of energy vulnerability in the Arab region that prevent member States from being able to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services for current and future generations. It also assesses strategies to tackle energy vulnerability effectively while at the same time providing perspectives on how different groups can contribute to solving these issues. Building on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the publication aims to move beyond the 2030 horizon to mainstream the concept of sustainable long-term energy management in the Arab region and address vulnerabilities that result from the continuation of a business-as-usual scenario.

Survey: Technical, Economic and Policies Aspects of Implementing Solar PV and Wind Renewable Energy in Fujairah – UAE
The CEBC would like to invite you to take few minutes from your time to fill in this survey questionnaire for a research project being done by a a PhD student at the British University in Dubai. The project is entitled " Technical, Economic and Policies Aspects of Implementing Solar PV and Wind Renewable Energy in Fujairah – UAE". All responses are confidential and they will be compiled to help in the analyse of the model to support/prove the research of the PhD project.
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Upcoming Events
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.
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.

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11th International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition, Guangzhou 2019
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
More than 100 domestic developers were interested in the seven-project, 1.515 GW generation capacity second round of the kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program. That number has been reduced to dozens, according to a briefing note, and a request for proposals is expected within weeks.

Global law firm Eversheds Sutherland (CEBC board member) has reported Saudi Arabia’s  Renewable Energy Project Development Office  (REPDO) has pre-qualified around 60 bidders for the 1.51 GW second round of the nation’s  National Renewable Energy Program  (NREP).

Noor solar park operational
The  1.78 GW Noor Abu Dhabi solar park  has entered commercial operation on time and on budget. The  Emirates Water and Electricity Company  re ferred to Noor Abu Dhabi as “the world’s largest single solar project”. The project is up and running and supplying power for AED0.08888/kWh ($0.024), a figure that marked the  world’s cheapest solar power  w hen the tender was awarded in 2017.

The winners were a consortium made up of newly-formed Emirati water and power investment fund the Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, Japanese industrial conglomerate  Marubeni Corp  and Chinese solar giant  Jinko Solar  Holdings.

Dubai claims to have reduced carbon emissions 19%
DEWA announced reductions in per capita energy and water use in Dubai from 2015-18 and those figures may be the basis for what the emirate’s Supreme Council on Energy labelled a reduction “compared to the business as usual scenario”.

The DEWA pres release cited the sprawling  5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park  and Dubai’s  Shams net metering program  as contributory factors to the achievement.

Kuwait eyes up to 400 MW of CSP in expanded solar park
In February, Kuwait started commercial operations at its 50 MW Shagaya CSP plant, marking the completion of phase 1 of the Shagaya renewable energy park.

Developed by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), the Shagaya park was launched in 2012 and was originally expected to host 2 GW of capacity by 2030, across three phases. KISR initially recommended a generation mix at the park of 56% CSP capacity-- equivalent to 1.15 GW-- alongside 35% PV and 7.5% wind.

‘Europe’s biggest subsidy-free solar project’ nears completion in Portugal
Chinese manufacturer Jetion Solar has supplied 221 MW of its polycrystalline modules to the scheme, which is being developed by Irish firm WElink Energy with state-owned China National Building Materials the EPC provider. [Read More]

Singapore’s Sun Cable is eyeing up what would be the world’s biggest solar project by some distance. Australia’s Northern Territory government is on board with the plans and an environmental approval application is in the works. Project plans include deployment of the 5B pre-assembled array concept. [Read More]

Embrace ‘solar skins’ to decarbonise cities, Europe told
Widespread adoption of so-called solar skins would help decarbonise European cities and lessen the need for expensive grid upgrades, experts have said. A PV roll-out on rooftops but also façades and windows would see the continent lower the footprint of buildings that account for 36% of EU-wide CO 2  emissions, according to SolarPower Europe (SPE) and the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV). [Read More]

Netherlands-based EV startup Lightyear has released a prototype for its first solar-powered, long-range EV. Is the car really the environmental dream it’s pitched as? [Read More]
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