CEBC Fortnight in Review
Fortnight ended 9 April 2018


CEBC at the Bloomberg Businessweek Global Leaders Forum 
On 3 April 2018, Dr. Raed Bkayrat - CEBC Managing Director - spoke at the Bloomberg Businessweek Global Leaders Forum held at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. He participated in a lively panel session focused on the future of energy in the region, particularly Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Raed Bkayrat on Sky News Arabia
Following his success speaking at the Global Leaders Forum, Dr. Raed Bkayrat took part in an interview with Sky News Arabia, where he shared his views on the renewables market in Saudi Arabia. You can view the video by clicking here.

CEBC participates at the Preparatory Meeting on Energy-related Issues for the 2018 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 
In April 2018, CEBC Managing Director Dr. Raed Bkayrat also participated at the Preparatory Meeting on Energy-related Issues for the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development in Beirut, Lebanon. The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development is an annual high-level regional platform, where multiple stakeholders discuss coordination pathways for the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab region. To view more about the forum please click here, or you can download presentations from the event at the CEBC website

CEBC Schools - Under the Sea Recyclable Waste Competition
Our Platinum contest sponsors and CEBC Partners, Imdaad, have selected the Grand Prize winner of our  Under the Sea Recyclable Waste Competition - The Kindergarten Starters! The Kindergarten Starters win a trip for 20 students and two teachers to the Green Planet, Dubai, for a day of eco-learning. This contest was run as a part of the CEBC Schools Programme, with 25 schools (numbering over 60,000 students) engaged across the UAE. Thank you Imdaad! We would also like to thank the Green Ecostore for their sponsorship of our highly commended prize, which went to Al Diyafah High School for their entry which highlighted a unique ecological issue, the hunting of sharks. To view photos of all of the entries received, please click here.

Giveaway - two tickets to the Emirates Environmental Group Panel Discussion - Technology of Today - Lifestyle of Tomorrow
The CEBC has two tickets to give away to CEBC Members only to the Emirates Environmental Group Panel Discussion - Technology of Today - Lifestyle of Tomorrow. This is taking place on 18th April 2018 at Modul University. You can read more on the event here. To enter our draw, please email before 5PM on 11 April 2018. Please note that you  must be a member of the CEBC to enter.

Members News

Consultant to study regulatory framework for electric vehicles in Oman
Seeking to prepare the Sultanate for the advent of Electric Vehicles (EV), the Authority for Electricity Regulation Oman (AER) is inviting international consultants to participate in a competitive tender for advisory services linked to the development of a regulatory framework necessary to support the growth of this eco-friendly mode of transportation in Oman.  The initiative is a key part of a broader strategy by the Omani government to support a transition to sustainable energy sources, not only for electricity generation, but other usages as well. [Read More]

TÜV Rheinland exposes inverter, battery hacking vulnerabilities
2017 saw concerns arise ab out  residential battery storage systems and  whether they are suitable for installation within the home. While these regulatory issues seem to have been resolved, TÜV Rheinland has now demonstrated that vulnerabilities exist within PV and distributed battery inverters. The testing and quality assurance laboratory performed a series of experiments where it looked at whether inverter software could be accessed by hackers. The results surprised the TÜV team, with hackers being able to penetrate battery systems with relative ease. [Read More]

Fossil Fuels Squeezed by Plunge in Cost of Renewables, BNEF Says
The economics of generating electricity from fossil fuels are deteriorating rapidly as renewable energy technology plunges in costs. That's the conclusion of a Bloomberg New Energy Finance  report  on the levelized cost of energy, a measure that takes into account the expenses from buying equipment, servicing debt and operating power plants using each technology. In most places, wind and solar will work cheaper than coal by 2023, the research group has claimed. [Read More]

Torresol Energy celebrates ten years of solar thermal power generation
Collaborative Masdar- and SENER-backed solar company has paved the way for the development of more efficient concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies. In the ten years since it was established through a collaboration between Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, and SENER, the Spanish engineering and technology specialist, Torresol Energy has steadily pursued its mission to improve the competitiveness of large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. [Read More]

Enviromena to install solar rooftop system at Dubai soap plant
Abu Dhabi-based Enviromena Power Systems, one of the region's leading clean energy companies, will install a 1.34 megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system to power the facility of Gulf Center for Soap & Chemical Industries (GCSCI) in Dubai. Enviromena will install 4,126 solar PV panels on the 400,000 square foot GCSCI facility located in the Jebel Ali Industrial area.  The 20-year leasing agreement (PPA) between Enviromena and GCSCI was signed in March.  [Read More]

Reports, Publications and Tools

Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa: Carbon Intensity
Following the  UNFCCC's 23rd Conference of Parties in Bonn (COP23), Carboun has released a visual guide to climate change in the Middle East and North Africa region. The visual guide comprises two infographics covering carbon emissions in the Middle East and North Africa and climate change impact. The aim of this infographic is to explain carbon emissions from the Middle East and North Africa  and the Arab World regions in the global context, especially the relationship between total emissions, per capita emissions, and emissions per unot of GDP.   [Read More]

The role that battery and water storage play in Saudi Arabia's transition to an integrated 100% renewable energy power system
Saudi Arabia can transition to a 100% renewable energy system by 2040 including the integration of the power, desalination and non-energetic industrial gas sectors. By 2050, single-axis tracking PV accounts for 79% of the total electricity generation. Battery storage accounts for 30% of the total electricity demand. Battery storage and desalination plants provide additional flexibility to the energy system. This report discusses the best way to enable to establish the least cost pathway for Saudi Arabia to achieve net zero emissions by mid-century. [Read More]

We have a large number of research publications and reports available to download in our Knowledge Centre. If you have anything you would like to add, please email us!
Featured Project

ACWA Power - DEWA 700MW CSP Project
The 700 MW CSP fourth phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, is the largest single-site concentrated solar power plant in the world using a state-of-the-art combination of a central tower and parabolic trough concentrated solar power technologies to collect energy from the sun. The project, which was awarded to an ACWA Power led consortium in 2017, will deliver electricity at a levelised tariff of US $7.30 cents per kilowatt-hour; a cost level that competes with fossil fuel generated electricity without subsidy for reliable and dispatchable solar energy through the night. [Read More]

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Upcoming Industry Events

The Green Business Summit will convene senior government officials, business leaders, policymakers, scientists, academics, and investors, providing a platform for the sharing of knowledge and best practices to help them with the development and implementation of strategies that will see the UAE become a sustainability leader.   J oin us and have your say discussing the challenges and opportunities in the global effort to protect the environment, ensuring that business has a part in it too.  Visit the   Green Business Summit  site for more details and to register.

With vast stretches of desert, windy coastlines and some of the highest solar radiation levels in the world, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) is a natural home for renewable energy. In the last decade, the MENA region has started to harness the abundant natural energy resources that it has in plentiful supply - namely, solar power - but also, more recently, it has looked to take advantage of the power of the wind. To augment this movement to "New Energy", MENA New Energy (formerly known as MENASol) was created to facilitate the discussions between Governments looking to add renewable energy to their country's grid and Developers who would build out each project.  MENA New Energy 2018  will be held from the 24th to 25th of April 2018 at the Hyatt Regency, Dubai. 
MENA Clean Energy News

United Arab Emirates

Smart transport: Reshaping how we get around
Navigating through traffic on congested roads or riding on a crowded public transport system on our daily commute demonstrates that little has changed in how we get from A to B over the past 30 years. [Read More]

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) on Saturday said it will support the development of the Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve with six sustainable development projects. [Read More]

Policies to Buildings: The UAE's Emergence as the GCC's Sustainability Leader
A fundamental transformation to the UAE's development towards sustainability is afoot, and what started as a few scattered and sporadic signals of change a decade ago - initiatives, awareness campaigns, pilot projects, etc. - have now come together and is gathering pace.  [Read More]

Dutch centre that produces energy from seaweed collaborating with the UAE
With sustainable energy one of the most pressing topics facing the UAE and the modern world, the country is working with the Netherlands to bring cutting-edge solutions to Expo 2020 and beyond. [Read More]


A Bright Future | Faisal Khalifeh
Renewable energy is the way of the future. Forward-thinking Faisal Khalifeh is making it a reality with his solar power enterprise, the first of its kind in Bahrain. [Read More]

Bahrain: First 'Solar Home' Launched
Bahrain has unveiled the country's first 'solar home,' which is connected to the governmental electricity network through a net metering system.  [Read More]

Public tender issued in Bahrain for 100MW solar power plant
A public tender has been issued for a 100MW solar power plant, planned to be functional in Bahrain by December 2019. [Read More]


Egypt to establish first photo-voltaic power plant in Hurghada
Executive-President of Egypt's New and Renewable Energy Authority Mohammed al-Khayat said that the NREA had signed an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency to establish the first photo-voltaic system power plant a capacity of 20 Megawatt (MW) in Hurghada. [Read More]

Egypt's Infinity to complete solar plants in Q1 2019
Infinity Solar will complete the construction of solar power stations in the second phase of the feed-in tariff projects with a capacity of 130 MW in the first quarter of 2019. [Read More]


Vestas to build Shobak wind farm in Jordan
Vestas will build the 45MW Al Shobak project in the southerly Ma'an governorate, the manufacturer confirmed. [Read More]

Jordan: New policy allows public institutions to build, own 10 MW PV plants
Jordan's Government has approved a new policy allowing all public institutions in the country to build and own a solar PV plant up to 10 MW. The first to benefit, Mutah University has launched a 10 MW tender. [Read More]


Meet the women who are establishing green leadership in the Middle East & North Africa
Our first story comes from Morocco where, in January 2018, Wiam Samir was elected as the first female President of Morocco Green Building Council. [Read More]


Oman taps UK firm for consultation on 1 GW residential solar plan
Oman's Authority for Electricity Regulation has contracted PassivSystems to consult on the Oman government's plan to install rooftop solar PV atop 30% of the nation's homes. [Read More]

Oman's Haya Water signs agreement to produce solar power
Haya Water has recently concluded an agreement with Scan Electromechanical Company to design, construct, supply, operate and provide maintenance to produce solar power at the Quriyat Sewage Treatment Plant. [Read More]

Oman's first solar-powered service station opens
Shell Oman opened its first solar-powered service station in the Sultanate in Mukhaizna, Al Wusta Governorate, as an initial phase of its "Solar Into Stations" project, which was launched in the third quarter of 2017, with more sites planned in Muscat to be announced this year. [Read More]

Photovoltaic course to boost Oman's renewable energy sector
A five-day solar photovoltaic course was held at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) last week. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Plan World's Largest Solar Project 
Saudi Arabia and  SoftBank Group Corp.  signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that's exponentially larger than any other project. [Read More ]

Reform Fatigue in Gulf Energy?
Grand reform plans underway in the Gulf region, typified by Saudi Arabia's National Transformation Program and Vision 2030, give an impression of fast movement. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia Issues New Regulation for Energy Efficiency Center
According to information acquired by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, the new regulation replaces the former regulation of the Energy Efficiency Center, which was issued by cabinet resolution number 16 for the year 2011. [Read More]

What Saudi Arabia's 200 GW solar power plant would look like-if placed in your neighborhood
If built, that solar-power plant will be about 200 times the size of the biggest solar plant operating today. It would more than triple Saudi Arabia's capacity to produce electricity, from about 77 GW today. [Read More]

Tunisia to issue 300 MW tender for large-scale solar
Tunisia's Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed has announced a plan to deploy around 1 GW of new renewable energy capacity in the country. [Read More]


Subsidy-free renewable projects on 'cusp of breakthrough'
In a few months' time, if all goes to plan, designs will be drawn up for a wind farm that will be built off the Netherlands' coast. Once running it will be Europe's first offshore wind farm built without government subsidies. [Read More]

In-depth: Is Shell's new climate scenario as 'radical' as it says?
This week, Shell published a "radical" new climate change scenario, showing how the world could meet the "well-below 2C" goal of the Paris Agreement. [Read More]

Women are helping drive the change we need in the energy sector - but we must support them to go further, faster
When we think about the faces of energy poverty, the poorest in society, and particularly women, come to mind. That's because they make up the majority of the 1 billion people who don't have access to electricity and the over 3 billion people who don't have access to clean cooking solutions. [Read More]


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