MENA Clean Energy in Review - June 2014 
CEBC appoints New Board of Directors
The Clean Energy Business Council's Annual General Meeting took place at the offices of CEBC member Latham & Watkins on 27 April 2014 at 8:30am.  We are pleased to announce the membership elected a new Board of Directors.  To  meet our new Board please click here.

New CEBC Chief Executive Officer Appointed
We are delighted to announce the CEBC Board of Directors appointed former Program
Director, Alice Cowman as the new Clean Energy Business Council CEO.  To view Alice's bio please  click here

Dubai One | Emirates 24/7 TV Interview - The Heat is On
Clean Energy Business Council Deputy Chair, Daniel Zywietz talks to Emirates 24/7 about
the current state of the clean energy market in the Middle East. 
Clean Energy Business Council wins the Environmental Award 2014
CEBC has won the Environmental Award 2014, organized by the Arab Organization for Social Responsibility and Tatweej Academy for Excellence Awards, for its achievements in adopting strategies and initiatives towards a sustainable future. [Read more]

A UN body has joined up with a local organisation to promote the use of renewable energy and clean technologies in the region.   [Read more]
CEBC Events

Creating Smart Sustainable Cities Workshop 
9 June 2014 
The CEBC Creating Smart Sustainable Cities workshop took place on 9 June at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai.  It was a hugely successful day with both informative speakers and an engaging audience generating many useful discussions. 
CEBC would like to thank all of the speakers for their time and for sharing their 
industry insights, knowledge and experiences.  We also thank two of our members, Schneider Electric and Cisco for sponsoring the event.  The following presentations are available to download from our website:


Connections change everything(Cisco) [Download]

loE (Cisco) [Download]

Smart Water Network (Schneider Electric) [Download]

ADWEA Smart Grid Implementation Roadmap (Transco) [Download]

The Smart Grid Map (Elster) [Download]

Energy Balance burning platform (Accenture) [Download]

Smarter Energy & Utilities an IBM View (IBM) [Download]

Delivering urban efficiency through Collaboration (Schneider) [Download]


Financing Sustainable Energy Solutions

September 2014

[Details to come]


CEBC Annual Conference

November 2014

[Details to come]

Reports and Publications

REN21 Renewable Global Status Report

First released in 2005, REN21's Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) provides a comprehensive overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions. The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends.  [Download free report]


REN21 Renewables Interactive Map

To facilitate the accessibility of renewable energy knowledge, REN21 has developed a web-based interactive tool to guide users through relevant renewable energy information. The REN21 Renewables Interactive Map is a research tool for tracking the development of renewable energy throughout the world. It offers a streamlined method for gathering and sharing detailed national-level information on the status of renewable energy policies

and regulations, the use of renewable energy technologies, and current

investment trends. [Access the Map here]


World Energy Investment Outlook | IEA

Questions about the reliability, affordability and sustainability of our energy future often boil down to questions about investment. But are investors ready to commit capital in a fast-changing energy world? This complimentary special report in the World Energy Outlook series takes up this question in a full and comprehensive update of the energy investment picture to 2035 - a first full update since the 2003World Energy Investment Outlook. [Download free report]


Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI 2014) | Ernst & Young

Established in 2003, the Ernst & Young global quarterly publication ranks 40 countries
on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities,
based on a number of macro, energy market and technology-specific indicators.

MENA Cleantech Survey | Ernst & Young
Invitation to participate in the Survey
CEBC is pleased to partner with Ernst & Young to publish the Annual MENA Cleantech  Survey. 
The survey is a unique study which gauges the sentiment of industry experts, manufacturers, investors and regulators regarding the clean tech industry and renewable energy implementation. The study identifies key issues, the most important market drivers and prospects for growth in the Middle East and North Africa region. 
Clean Energy News

CEBC member GDF Suez wows with biggest ever green bond

GDF Suez has printed the biggest corporate Green bond to date, a €2.5bn dual-tranche deal. The transaction on Monday was also GDF's inaugural deal in the format and attracted a total book of €7.5bn from 520 investors following a pan-European roadshow conducted last week.


Saudi Arabia in Policy Shift Seeking Solar Through Aramco | Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company is planning to add more solar power, a move to limit domestic fossil-fuel consumption in the world's biggest exporter of crude. "We are looking at solar investments with great interest," Chief Executive Officer Khalid Al-Falih of Saudi Arabian Oil Co. told a conference in Bahrain. 


Measuring a Smart Cities 'Smartness' 
Researchers at the UK's University of Sheffield teamed with GSMA, an organization that represents mobile network operators, to develop a common index for measuring a smart city's smartness. Leveraging a set of 31 indicators developed by GSMA that take economics, infrastructure and social benefits of mobile-connected smart cities into account, the Sheffield researchers are now figuring out how much weight to give to each.


UK firm launches first Sharia-compliant green energy project 
UK-based Simply Sharia has launched a green energy scheme that will sell Renewable Obligation certificates and electricity to the grid in partnership with Gardner Asset Management LLP (GAMllp) and Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB).  [Read more]


Rise of the Machines - How to make a successful Smart Meter Roll Out
Installation of smart meters is a growing global trend in the utilities industry. By 2020, it is expected that Europe will have achieved 80% coverage and global reach will be 55%. This eBook explores the challenges in this large-scale roll-out and provides some insight on how to overcome them. [Read more]


Building a Smarter Smart Grid - Counteracting Cyber-Threats in Energy Distribution 
Energy providers have arrived at a new frontier. Behind them lies the existing energy delivery infrastructure, some 70% of which is more than 30 years old, making it stress prone, labor intensive, and environmentally risky. Ahead lies the promise and potential of the smart grid, the path to more efficient, less costly, cleaner, and safer energy distribution. This new path poses a dual challenge: to retrofit and modernize the existing grid and to design tomorrow's energy grid with even more built-in intelligence, communication, and the flexibility to adapt to the future-all at an acceptable cost and without undue complexity. Technology exists today to help providers meet these challenges. [Read more]


Advancing Grid Modernization and Smart Grid Policy: A Discussion Paper 
Developed from the Advanced Energy Economy Grid Modernization forum held in Boulder, Colorado, the Discussion Paper identifies the most relevant barriers to broader smart grid adoption, as well as corresponding policy options put forward for consideration. [Read more]


Cleantech Investments are Sexy Again, Here's Why
On paper, renewable energy, energy efficiency and green technologies attracted less new money over the past two years. But returns for mainstream investors look more compelling than ever.  Cleantech is sexy again, as evidenced by dozens of presentations by entrepreneurs, industry executives, analysts and financiers at the recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) "Future of Energy Summit 2014" conference in New York (video interviews from the summit are available here). [Read more]


Is Energy Storage the New Holy Grail of a Clean Energy Future?
Is energy storage the new holy grail of a clean energy future? Energy storage can take the form of large batteries, flywheels, pumped hydro facilities, compressed-air energy storage, and many others. However, the exciting "new kid on the block" is battery storage, largely because of its relatively small size, modularity and rapidly declining costs.  [Read more]
Industry Events and Conferences
1-2 September 2014, Dubai, UAE
9-10 September 2014, Dubai, UAE
17-18 September 2014, Amman, Jordan
22-24 September, Dubai, UAE
PowerGen Middle East
12-14 October 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE

10-11 November 2014, Doha, Qatar
17-19 November, Dubai, UAE
21-24 January, Abu Dhabi, UAE
14-16 September 2015, Dubai, UAE
CEBC  members are entitled to discounts on the above events.  Please contact for details and discount codes.
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