CEBC WEEK IN REVIEW - WEEK BEGINNING 10 DECEMBER 2017
WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

The Clean Energy Business Council knows that the renewable energy industry in the MENA region is dynamic and fast moving. For this reason, we have decided to relaunch our newsletter in a weekly format - delivering you up to date news on what is happening in the sector.

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CEBC NEWS

HE. DR NASSER SAIDI ON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman of the CEBC, contributed an article in the publication The Business Year on the Green Economy. In this article, he emphasized the importance of environmental education for young people, noting the long-term intergenerational change that needs to occur to our thinking. Dr. Saidi's support of environmental education is reinforced by our commitment to the CEBC's Schools Programme.  [Read Article] or [Visit CEBCSchools.com]
MEMBERS NEWS

DEWA, INNOGY IME TO INVEST IN DISRUPTIVE TECH
DEWA has partnered with  innogy International to deliver a startup investment and incubator vehicle for a range of disruptive technologies. H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA and Chairman of innogy IME, and Peter Terium, CEO of innogy SE have endorsed the new strategy for their joint venture company innogy International Middle East (innogy IME). innogy IME has a strong track record of implementing important strategic projects, as well as projects for the region's digital and green economy.  [Read More]

INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS ALTMANN, ACWA POWER
In an interview with MENA CSP KIP, Thomas Altmann, Vice President of Innovation & Technology at  ACWA Power , discusses  whether CSP is the answer to clean water desalination? and explores the opportunities and possibilities of CSP for desalination. He also acknowledges the flexibility that CSP can offer in terms of desalination projects, given the ability of CSP to  produce electricity to run a 24-hour reverse osmosis desalination plant. [Read More]
ENVIROMENA ACQUIRED BY UK INVESTMENT FIRM
U.K.-based investment advisory company, Arjun Infrastructure Partners has agreed to acquire  Enviromena for an undisclosed sum.  This is the first time a regional renewables company has been purchased, which points to a maturing market.  Enviromena CEO, Sami Khoreibi, said the transaction will enable the company to receive crucial strategic support and access to capital from AIP, and that it will strengthen its position in the solar markets of the MENA region. [Read More]
EMBRACING MODERN WASTE MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
In this video, Utilities-ME.com speaks to Imdaad CEO,  Jamal Abdulla Lootah, about his organisations desire and effort to embrace modern and effective waste management techniques. [View Video]
MEMBERS PROJECT UPDATE

ETIHAD ESCO
CEBC Member Etihad ESCO has a number of exciting projects underway. This week begins a series of three updates on their  Dubai International Airport Retrofit Project ,   Dubai Golf Retrofit Project and  Wasl Properties Retrofit Project.

Dubai International Airport Retrofit Project
Etihad ESCO has signed a guaranteed-energy-saving basis agreement with Dubai Airports worth AED 140M for the retrofit of Dubai International Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3, and Concourse B.  The project is expected to help Dubai Airports to save 65.5 GWh of electricity and 21M IG of water annually, helping it slash its annual energy bill by AED 30M and reduce carbon emission by 28,700 tonnes.  Dubai Airports has become the first airport in the GCC, and the second among 56 airports worldwide, to achieve  Level 2 accreditation from the Airports Council International's Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme  in 2016. 


REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND TOOLS

EDA INSIGHT: GLOBAL GOVERNANCE OF CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE: ROLE FOR THE GCC?
In this EDA Insight, Robin Mills, CEO of Qamar Energy, provides his thoughts on carbon capture and storage in the GCC. He notes that c arbon capture and storage (CCS) is an essential environmental technology, and particularly important for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in allowing them to make continuing use of their large oil and gas resources. However, he also notes that  CCS has advanced less than is required to meet global climate goals, and less than other climate-friendly technologies such as renewable energy. [Read Report]  



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EDA INSIGHT: THE UAE/SAUDI ARABIA-EAST ASIA ENERGY RELATIONS: TOWARDS MORE DYNAMIC AND DIVERSE
In this EDA Insight, Dr Makio Yamada, Research Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, shares his knowledge on the  UAE/Saudi Arabia-East Asia energy relationship. His paper notes the importance of continued improved relationships between the two regions, but also acknowledges that it would be sensible for the UAE and Saudi Arabia not to only rely on the Chinese market, but also keep pursuing a diversication of their energy-export markets to South and Southeast Asian countries such as India and Indonesia. [Read Report]



EVALUATING PROGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
This report, published by GlobeScan/SustainAbility, analyses the progress made to date on Climate Change, in consultation with experts in the field. It also  provides opinion on possible solutions for climate change, with its findings reflect rapidly rising expectations for the private sector and other non-state actors, especially regional governments and cities. [Read Full Report]
UPCOMING CEBC EVENTS

WEBINAR: HOW DIGITALISATION AND CUSTOMER-CENTRISM WILL BOOST ENERGY INDUSTRY PROFIT THROUGH THE WHOLE SUPPLY CHAIN

Date:  December 20, 2017
Time: 2PM Dubai Time
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: Free

The digitalization of the energy industry is a system overhaul, breaking down boundaries between sectors, increasing flexibility and enabling integration across the entire system. This webinar analyses how embracing digitalization early on will position energy companies along the supply chain in a win-win situation to profit from a customer-centric approach. Speakers include the  International Energy Agency (IEA)Schneider Electric and  The August Company. 


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WEBINAR: EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF BLOCKCHAIN IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

Date:  January 29, 2018
Time: 2PM Dubai Time
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: Free

Blockchain is a distributed, digital ledger used to record and track information. It uses sophisticated algorithms to validate, encrypt, and instantaneously record this information in a secure and decentralized manner. Most people know it as the technology underpinning Bitcoin, but blockchain has enormous potential to disrupt many industries, including energy.
 
We have just begun exploring the potential for blockchain, but already we are seeing some initiatives in the energy industry centered around blockchain. This webinar aims to explore the capabilities of blockchain, its disruptive potential and future applications. 


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MENA CLEAN ENERGY NEWS

Rafic Hanbali, Managing Director for Emirates Insolaire, shares his thoughts on the mass adoption of solar.  [Read More]

CSP costs set to fall below $50/MWh in 2018, consultants say
ACWA's 700 MW Dubai Project, which combines tower & trough technologies, will deliver $73/MWh LCOE from direct normal irradiance of about 2,050 kWh per square-meter per year [Read More]

Move towards renewables - where does the GCC stand?
The renewable energy sector no longer remains at the periphery as an industry for social good alone; but has emerged as a profitable alternative to conventional sources of power generation. [Read More]

Sustainable practices could generate $637 billion in value by 2030 for Mena businesses
Adopting sustainable business policies in the MENA region can generate US$637 billion in economic value and help create 12.4 million jobs by 2030, according to a new study. [Read More]

Can electric cars really conquer the Middle East?
2017 has seen a raft of incentives from respective MENA Governments to try and increase the uptake of electric vehicles. What does the future hold for EV's in the MENA region? [Read More]

2018 Could Be Another Record Year For Solar Energy 
A year ago, 2017 and 2018 were supposed to be down years for the solar industry. Instead, this year will be a record year for the industry, and 2018 could be even better. [Read More]

Jordan's plan of shiny city in the desert met by skepticism
A shiny new city is to arise from Jordan's desert over the next three decades, potentially rivaling the capital Amman. [Read More]

INDUSTRY EVENTS

CLEAN AIR FORUM
10 - 11 December
Abu Dhabi, UAE 

RETROFITTECH AND LIGHTINGTECH ABU DHABI
11 - 12 December
Abu Dhabi, UAE

SAUDI ARABIA SMART GRID
12 - 14 December
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


WORLD FUTURE ENERGY SUMMIT
15 - 18 January 
Abu Dhabi, UAE


MIDDLE EAST ELECTRICITY
6 - 8 March 
Dubai, UAE


RETROTECHFIT DUBAI SUMMIT AND AWARDS
10 - 11 April
Dubai, UAE


MENA NEW ENERGY
24 - 25 April 
Dubai, UAE

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