CEBC Fortnight in Review
Week beginning 25 March 2018 


MENA Clean Energy Survey - we need your input!
We need your input to understand the challenges of the clean energy sector. We invite you to participate in a brief survey that aims to understand the companies engaged in the clean energy sector, challenges the industry face and how technology and mega trends will impact the future of renewable and clean energy in the region. All survey respondents who supply their email address will go into a draw to win a free brunch for two guests at Dukes Dubai Hotel.  [Read More]

Interview with Paddy Padmanathan, CEO ACWA Power
Many of you were present to enjoy Belén Gallego's candid and insightful interview with Paddy Padmanathan of ACWA Power at our Summit on 5 March. For those of you that couldn't attend, Belén has written a two part summary on LinkedIn, available here and here , and you can watch a short clip of the interview here
Sustainabilist Middle East Video Platform 
Together we can change the world!  Click here to visit the world's first digital video platform focussed on sustainability, innovation and happiness in the Middle East. On the Sustainabilist Dubai Video Portal you have the opportunity to complimentary share your own sustainability videos and discover other sustainability stories shared by both the private and the public sector. We have one common goal: to help Dubai achieve it's vision of becoming the world's most sustainable destination. 

Look out for an e-shot next week with a special offer for CEBC members.

Student Survey - can you share your thoughts? 
The CEBC has been contacted by  Nawal Yousif Al Hanaee, a PhD student at the British University in Dubai, in order to share their survey. All responses are confidential and will be compiled to help Nawal to analyse a model to support the research of their PhD project entitled "Technical, Economic and Policies Aspects of Implementing Solar PV and Wind Renewable Energy in Fujairah - UAE". You can complete the survey online here.
Members News

Dubai's ruler breaks ground on world's biggest concentrated solar power project
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has broken ground on the world's biggest concentrated solar power (CSP) project. The 700MW project forms the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. 
A consortium comprising Saudi Arabia's  ACWA Power and the Silk Road Fund, in collaboration with China's Shanghai Electric has been appointed as the main contractor for the project. [Read More]

Energetics publishes eleven industry energy bandwidth studies
Energetics recently prepared bandwidth reports for four traditional U.S. manufacturing industries, six lightweight materials, and the seawater desalination industry. Energy bandwidth studies can serve as foundational references in framing the range (or  bandwidth ) of potential energy savings opportunities in U.S. industrial sectors. For example, the water desalination bandwidth study examines energy consumption and potential energy savings opportunities in U.S. seawater desalination plants. More details on all 11 bandwidth studies can be found on the Energetics website. [Read More]

Liebreich: Beyond Three Thirds, The Road to Deep Decarbonization
In this insightful op-ed from Michael Liebreich,  Bloomberg New Energy Finance , he provides an articulate commentary on the next phase of decarbonisation - heat, industry and the space for hydrogen & nuclear beyond electrification.  This highly lauded article is well worth reading. [Read More]

IRENA welcomes International Solar Alliance as a new platform to advance solar energy
IRENA's Director General, Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, and the Interim Director General of International Solar Alliance (ISA), Mr Upendra Tripathy, have signed a joint declaration to deepen cooperation between the two organisations to accelerate solar energy deployment. The cost of electricity generated by solar PV decreased by almost 70 percent between 2010 and 2016, but IRENA estimates that the average cost will decrease by a further 60 percent over the coming decade.  [Read More]

Latest TÜV Rheinland's Solar Newsletter
The Latest TÜV Rheinland's Solar Newsletter is out, focussing on the organisations activities across the MENA region - and the world. This edition discusses the Sun Cup Project Halftime, capacity expansion in the solar laboratory in India and TÜV Rheinland's participation at WFES 2018. You can view the newsletter online here

Energy efficiency cannot ignore the older buildings in Dubai
In this thought piece by Ali Al Jassim, CEO of  Etihad ESCO , the concept of retrofitting older buildings in Dubai is discussed. The building sector has enormous potential to mitigate the impact of climate change in both developed and developing countries according to the UN Environment Programme. He notes that, worldwide, businesses, governments, and owners have begun to retrofit millions of buildings in a bid to cut down on energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  [Read More]
Saudi Arabia expected to break ground on first wind project this year, ACWA CEO says
Saudi Arabia's first wind project is expected to start construction this year, with the kingdom's newly established renewables agency set to launch 11 solar and wind new tenders, according to the CEO of ACWA Power. "The wind project should not only be awarded this year, it should go to construction this year. I expect it to be awarded and in financial close this year," Paddy Padmanathan of ACWA Power, which is bidding for the 400-megawatt wind project, told reporters in Dubai. [Read More]
Reports, Publications and Tools

RCREEE and GIZ publish a study on Socio-Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Egypt 
According to the newly released study estimations, Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) generated income for more than 8,800 individuals in 2016 and under the right framework conditions; it can increase to 65,000 by 2030 in Egypt.  This report was developed in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.  The study gives an overview of different RE and EE projects employment assessment methods, international experiences and their results. [Read More]

World Economic Forum - Fostering Effective Energy Transition
The first edition of the Fostering Effective Energy Transition report is part of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy. The report introduces the "Energy Transition Index", which builds upon the previous series of "Global Energy Architecture Performance Index" by adding a forward looking element of country readiness for energy transition. The index benchmarks 114 countries on the current level of their energy system performance, and the readiness of their macro environment for transition to a secure, sustainable, affordable and inclusive future energy system. [Read More]

Leveraging Market Mechanisms for Climate Change Mitigation in the UAE and the Gulf Region 
This Emirates Diplomatic Academy Insight provides an overview of recent developments around international market mechanisms for greenhouse gas emission reductions and analyses their relevance for GCC countries, in particular the UAE. The paper argues that there is a need to better understand what global carbon pricing and market trends could mean for the region's competitiveness going forward but also to explore related opportunities. [Read More]

eBook: How Utilities are Planning for Distributed Energy Resources
With the rapid integration of renewables and distributed technologies into the grid, utilities can no longer feasibly address the challenges of maintaining power quality, balancing supply and demand in real time and ensuring adequate distribution infrastructure capacity with their old systems. To gain a better understanding of what utilities think about a holistic distributed energy management strategy-and what challenges they face and benefits they expect. Itron and Zpryme conducted a survey of 170 electric utilities and collected the findings in a new eBook: Distributed Energy Management: The New Era of Demand Response. [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

GreenParking - installation of EV chargers throughout the UAE and Oman
A new network of over 200 state-of-the-art charging points has been established by GreenParking to power electric vehicles across UAE and Oman.
The GreenParking Network of EV Charging stations allows electrical car owners to travel through the Emirates and cross-border all the way to Muscat with few recharging stops, GreenParking expects to substantially increase the number of EV charging stations in UAE and Oman within the coming months.
" Electric vehicles are the future of transport and they will soon be a common sight on the UAE's roads. We are delighted to be helping to lay the foundations for a revolution in transport in the Middle East" said Mr. Sam Alawiye, CEO GreenParking.  By establishing a new, extended network of charging stations across two countries GreenParking is demonstrating that electric cars cars are not just environmentally friendly options for the future, they are real options for car buyers today.  [Read More]

Latest Renewable Energy Jobs

Energy Expert at the League of Arab States
RECREEE [Read More]

Growth@IRENA Summer Internship 
IRENA [Read More]

Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY)
RECREEE [Read More]
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

The UAE is steadfast in its support and deployment of renewable energy solutions
The United Arab Emirates has been relentless in its pursuit of a greener future, locally developing solar technologies and deploying them globally since 2006. [Read More]

'Wastenizer' in homes, communities to turn Dubai waste-free by 2020
Dubai is hoping to be the world's first "waste-free city" by 2020, thanks to an ambitious project by Dubai Municipality in which buildings and communities will produce electricity by treating waste. [Read More]

Oil majors get serious on 'new energy' investments
With the present day bringing a new spell of low oil prices, combined with environmental policy pressure, consideration of renewable energy sources by big oil is taking place. [Read More]

GCC women lead the charge to transform region into a smart energy powerhouse
A progressive all-female panel of experts led the way at the recent Smart Global Energy Summit at Middle East Electricity 2018.  [Read More]

SirajPower wins rooftop solar system contract
SirajPower will install a rooftop solar power system for Al Abbar Aluminium at the GCC facade company's building in Jebel Ali, Dubai. [Read More]

UAE mulls law to ramp up solar rooftop for homes
The UAE continues to explore new innovations to find avenues that are sustainable, low-cost and energy efficient in removing salinity from water. [Read More]

Dubai's DEWA awards new power plant contracts worth $348mn
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said it has awarded a Dh1.28bn ($348mn) contracts to construct four 400/132kV substations. [Read More]


Bahrain issues tender for solar IPP project at landfill site
Developers are invited to submit a concept for proposals for an IPP solar project planned to be located in the Askar landfill site, in the Southern Governate of the Kingdom of Bahrain. [Read More]


Desert Sun to Power Upper Egypt With $2.8 Billion Solar Park
Egypt inaugurated the first solar power plant at a remote desert complex where the government plans to generate as much as 1.8GW from the sun, cutting the most populous Arab nation's reliance on dirty and expensive fossil fuels. [Read More]

Egypt's growing green energy sector likely to boost jobs
Egypt's shift to renewable energy has helped create many job opportunities, experts say, with the industry expected to grow further over the next few years.  [Read More]

Egypt's largest PV plant inaugurated
German firm, ib vogt and Egypt's Infinity Solar inaugurated first 64.1MW PV farm in the Aswan Governorate, Southern Egypt this week. [Read More]


Morocco's SBM Installs Photovoltaic Power Plant at Tit Mellil Factory
Morocco's SBM has recently provided its Tit Mellil factory with a photovoltaic power plant designed and built by a subsidiary of the French group GreenYellow. [Read More]


New water treatment plant planned for Oman
Oman is in the early stages of adding a new water treatment plant according to media reports.   [Read More]


IFC, IBRD, MIGA, Government of Canada support solar energy plant in Gaza
The IFC, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), with the support of donors are supporting a $12 million solar project in Gaza, to ease an acute energy shortage and help create jobs. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi's WEC invites bids for new water and power project
Saudi Arabia's Water & Electricity Co (WEC) invited proposals early this week to develop Jubail Phase 3, an integrated water desalination and power plant in the country's Eastern Province. [Read More]

UK & Saudi Arabia Sign Clean Energy Partnership
The United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week which commits both countries to working together on developing new technologies to reduce carbon emissions and sharing technical knowledge with one another. [Read More]


Turkey produces 58.4B KWh of hydropower in 2017
Turkey produced 58.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from hydropower plants in 2017 despite the most severe drought of the past 44 years and has plans to expand production to 90 billion kWh. [Read More]


Abu Dhabi fund allocates $17m to Seychelles renewable projects
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the UAE's government-backed development aid entity, has allocated Dh64.2 million ($17.4m) towards two renewable energy projects in the Seychelles. [Read More]

The cities leading the transition to renewables
More than 100 cities worldwide get at least 70 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, according to a new initiative. How did they manage and what can we learn from them? [Read More]
Commentary: Gender diversity in energy sector is critical to clean energy transition
The energy sector remains one of the least gender diverse sectors in the economy, despite recent efforts to promote and encourage women's participation. [Read More]

These are the countries best prepared for the global energy transition
There are 43 countries that boast well-performing energy systems and high-transition readiness, which indicates their ability to address the energy transition based on current performance. [Read More]

Clean power is shaking up the global geopolitics of energy
Energy transitions change the world, writes Henry Tricks. So who will be the winners and losers of the green revolution?  [Read More]


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