MENA Clean Energy Month in Review 

Roundup by the GM
Dear Members and Colleagues 

Its been another busy month for the clean energy sector and following the summer break, September sees the start of many exciting industry activities and exhibitions. CEBC is looking forward to supporting and participating in upcoming events including The Dubai Solar Show, World Green Economy Summit and the 4th PV Briefing & Networking Forum.  We also have a film competition planned as part of CEBC's Schools Program and we look forward to sharing details with you soon.

This month CEBC hosted a workshop dedicated to waste-to-energy solutions for MENA. Attended by 170 key industry stakeholders from across the region and global stage, there was plenty of informative, lively and engaging discussions. The Council extends a special thanks to keynote speaker Mr. Taher Diab, Senior Director Strategy & Planning, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Secretary General of the Emirates Energy Award, for sharing DSCE's  vision for Dubai as a role model in energy security & efficiency, and the role that Waste to Energy will play in driving Dubai's Green agenda.

CEBC's next event taking place on 28 September will focus on energy efficiency and more information and how to register can be found in the event section below.

We look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming events and wish you a great month ahead.

Best wishes,

Sarah Fitzgerald
General Manager

Renewables Revolution: Waste to Energy Generation
This workshop looked at  smart technologies and process innovation in developing efficient, sustainable and forward-looking waste management strategies, challenges facing the region's waste management and recycling efforts, trends and policies, as well as innovations and regulatory frameworks and financing structures. A huge thank you to the expert speakers for sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise and to our sponsors Unidaan and Anaergia for their support and generosity.  [Download Presentations]   [Photo Gallery]

Introduction to TAQATI | Dubai Energy Efficiency Program
TAQATI is the dedicated program management office for the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy. It was established under a mandate by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in 2016 to manage the DSM Strategy implementation, provide dedicated support to the Dubai government entities and program owners, and report on the progress of the strategy and savings performance. The core objective of the DSM Strategy is 30% reduction in electricity and water consumption by 2030. [Watch video Arabic]  [Watch video English]

Film4Climate Global Video Competition | Submission deadline 15 September
Connect4Climate is a global program launched by the World Bank Group, Italian Ministry of Environment, and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, that takes on climate change by promoting solutions and empowering people to act. Young filmmakers are invited to showcase their talents and c reate either a Public Service Advertisement (< 1 min) or a Short Film (1 - 5 minutes) about climate action. The competition is open to filmmakers from all over the world, ages 14 to 35, and the deadline for submissions is  September 15, 2016. [More information and Jury]

CEBC School Ambassador participates in UN youth panel on women's leadership
A Dubai student last week took part in a United Nations panel on young women's leadership roles in sustainable development.  Kehkashan Basu, 16, an Indian grade 12 pupil at Deira International School and Student Ambassador for the CEBC Schools Environment Protection Program, joined a panel comprised of young women from around the world, as part of the UN's Summer Youth Assembly in New York.  [Read more]

New Members
ata Renewables
ata renewables is a lean, independent renewable energy group with more than 17 GW of expertise in projects worldwide. They provide services for renewable energy projects, especially solar and wind, through their four divisions, engineering, advisory, certi­cation and market intelligence. ata renewables´ clients include the top 300+ fi­nancial Institutions, developers, equipment manufacturers and equity investors. ata also regularly work with multilaterals, utility companies and government lead institutions.

Emirates Group
The Emirates Group's extensive and diverse international portfolio includes the world's largest international airline, Emirates, and one of the largest combined air services provider in the world, dnata. Together, with a number of joint venture businesses, the Group comprises more than 50 brands, employing over 95,000 people representing more than 170 nationalities. For the financial year ending March 2016, The Emirates Group posted an AED 8.2 billion (US$ 2.2 billion) profit, which represented an increase of  nearly 50% from the previous year. This marked the Group's 28th consecutive year of profit and steady business expansion. 

Majid Al Futtaim
In 1992 Majid Al Futtaim started from one man's vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to 'Create Great Moments for Everyone, Everyday'. Majid Al Futtaim is a leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Its business spans 15 international markets, employs over 33,000 people, and has achieved the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately held corporates in the Middle East. MAF owns and operates 19 shopping malls, 12 hotels and three mixed-use communities in MENA and its shopping malls portfolio includes the popular "City Centre" brand, the iconic Mall of the Emirates, as well as the "My City Centre" and Matajer brands in their neighbourhood mall category.

CEBC Events

4th PV Briefing & Networking Forum: Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 - All Signs Point Towards Industry Takeoff
21 September 2016
10am to 2:00pm
Dubai World Trade Centre, Room III & IV 

Joint Forces for Solar in partnership with CEBC and MESIA are proud to present the 4th PV Briefing & Networking Forum Middle East. Under the session title "Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 - All Signs Point Towards Industry Takeoff", the event will be a highly interactive and content-driven conference session which will touch base on the hot topics and burning questions currently impacting development of the Saudi Arabian solar market.   REGISTER    AGENDA

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Workshop: Energy Efficiency in MENA
28 September 2016
8:30am to 2:00pm
Shangri La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

CEBC invites you to join  us for this workshop which will address the economics of energy efficiency in GCC countries, market value, trends and opportunities.  Leading experts will share case studies and identify retrofit solutions to reduce energy consumption, provide energy savings in commercial buildings, and energy performance contracts and options and key elements to manage.  Industry leaders will discuss the best financing mechanisms for helping SME's value and drive energy efficiency, energy efficiency financing and the role of intelligent efficiency - how systems-level integration and intelligence can reduce building energy consumption and operating costs.  REGISTER

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IFN Forum: Project & Infrastructure Finance 2016
9 October 2016
8am to 5pm
Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai

CEBC is delighted to partner with Islamic Finance News for the Project & Infrastructure Finance Forum 2016. Covering areas including transport, energy, renewables, power, utilities, education, health care and more, the Forum will explore issues such as capital-raising, investment avenues, public-private partnerships, and the role of intermediaries.

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Executive Partners

Strategic Partn er
Reports, Publications & Tools
Power, Transactions and Trends Q2 2016 | EY
Renewable energy sources continue to remain "safe bets" for investors as clean energy transactions thrived in the second quarter of 2016 amid ongoing global market volatility, according to EY's latest report on the global power and utilities sector. [Read Article]    [Download Report]
Renewable Energy Statistics 2016| IRENA
Energy use in transport accounts for around one-third of global final energy consumption, and demand is growing rapidly, at about 1% annually. Transport has the lowest renewable energy share of any sector, making progress in this area crucial for the global transition to a sustainable energy system.  Recognising the sector's importance, IRENA put together a Transport Action Team consisting of more than 200 experts from private companies, academic institutions, government and international organisations.   [Download Report]
This course is designed to provide executives and senior government officials in the UAE/GCC with extended capacity building on a number of specific topics related to achieving economic growth through a focus on sustainability and innovation across a number of sectors.The course intends to provide participants with up to date knowledge and understanding of key opportunities to capture benefits from a focus on sustainability and innovation. The course will be very operational and will focus on tangible and robust opportunities for the UAE/GCC region .  

CEBC Members & Partners News

DEWA awards Dhs16.3m advisory contract for desalination plant
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded an advisory services contract worth Dhs16.3m to develop a new reverse osmosis desalination plant in the emirate. [Read more]

Abu Dhabi's NBAD to launch ME's first green bond
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi plans to start an investor roadshow next week to issue a benchmark-sized green bond, the proceeds of which would be used to invest in renewable energy [Read more]

Mall of the Emirates' owner Majid Al Futtaim goes green

Storage, electric vehicles and the power market linkages | Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Batteries were the runaway winner last week as the UK published the results of its contest to provide power that can be dispatched quickly. Of the 37 bids National Grid received for so called enhanced frequency-response, 34 were for batteries. [Read more]

DEWA receives seven bids for renewable energy consultancy tender
Dubai's utility service provider Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received seven bids to provide consultancy services for pre-feasibility studies for assessment of renewable energy in the emirate [Read more]

Masdar and MIT researchers develop device that makes steam from sunlight
Researchers at Masdar Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have collaborated to create a device that makes steam from the sun, all without the use of solar panels. [Read more]

Dropping costs in CSP - Industry Survey Results | CSP Today
CSP Today compiled results from an industry survey on LCOE reduction after receiving over 70 responses from companies across the CSP supply chain on dropping costs in CSP. View the infographic [Read more]

Masdar makes progress at Mauritania solar plant
Masdar, Abu Dhabi's future energy company, announced that it had passed the halfway mark in its project to build a 16.6 MW solar power plant network in Mauritania.   [Read more]

Schneider Electric launches Eurotherm Online
Schneider Electric, global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched a new Software as a Service (SaaS) offer to drive innovation across process industries.   [Read more]


Job Vacancies

Senior Energy Specialist, Energy & Resource Efficiency
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Istanbul, Turkey

Energy & Resource Efficiency (E&RE) is a part of IFC's Cross-Industry Advisory Solutions division: supports clients to optimize access to reliable, cost-effective energy, address resource availability risk, and manage production more efficiently to minimize losses and costs. The team works on issues ranging from power generation, transmission and distribution, to off-grid energy access, and resource efficiency (including energy, water, and raw materials). They also provide market intelligence and innovative business models to vendors and project developers through advisory programs. [Find out more]  [Apply online]
MENA Clean Energy News

Saudi Electricity Company pushes ahead with wind, solar projects
Saudi Electricity Company has begun technical studies to take advantage of renewable energy and in line with that has identified sites that could produce solar energy in the various regions of the Kingdom. [Read more]

Saudi's 9.5GW of renewables by 2023 target now possible due to government reshuffle
A radical Saudi Arabian government reshuffle reaffirms its  9.5GW renewable energy target  by 2023, according to the Apricum Cleantech Advisory. [Read more]

InterContinental to open Dubai's first 100% solar powered hotel in 2017
Solar energy and sustainability are important trends in hospitality. In 2017, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is forecast to open Dubai's first 100% solar powered hotel, dmg events reports.  [Read more]

Leaky buildings: Residents see high energy prices living in UAE's older flats and villas
As some residents have discovered, the energy cost of an ageing home can be high. A bu Dhabi resident Hadi Yehya saw his water and electricity bill increase by nearly Dh40,000 in one month.    [Read more]

Abu Dhabi's initiative ushers in green regime
Nine years ago, Abu Dhabi's Urban Planning Council ushered in a sustainability initiative called Estidama.  A key component to this was the Pearl Rating System, the region's first sustainability rating system   [Read more]

Multilateral development banks provide $6 billion for renewable energy in 2015
A new  report by six multilateral development banks documents that of the $20 billion in financing these banks provided for climate mitigation, 30%, or $6 billion, was dedicated to renewable energy projects .   [Read more]

French Environment Minister Royal announces joint projects on Iran visit
French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal announced plans for joint projects with Iran on energy, water shortages and pollution at the start of a three-day visit to the Islamic Republic [Read more]

Oman plans new power tariff for large consumers
Public Authority for Electricity and Water said that it is working with Authority for Electricity Regulation and other agencies to introduce a fully cost-reflective tariff for large industrial consumers of electricity. [Read more]

Omani startup plans solar panel production facility
Omani startup Nafath Renewable Energy has told the Muscat Daily that it is planning to start the first solar panel production facility in the country. [Read more]

MBR Solar Park Phase II to be operational by April
The second phase is based on the Independent Power Producer model and will be operational by April 2017. Al Tayer was briefed by officials from Shuaa Energy 1 about the progress made in construction.   [Read more]

FRV gets US$39.2 million from EBRD for 50MW solar plant in Jordan
The European Bank has approved a US$39.2 million loan to solar energy developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) to construct a 50MW solar photovoltaic plant in Jordan.  [Read more]

Kuwait reveals plans for smart, environmentally friendly city
Kuwait has unveiled plans for what is claimed to be the first smart and environmentally friendly city in the Middle East.  South Saad Al-Abdullah city has been designed to accommodate 400,000 people  [Read more]

Smart grid round-up: 'fossil free' grid, DEWA and smart grid IT
Newcastle University explores a 'fossil free' grid; DEWA and KEPCO collaboration on a demonstration project and increased growth.  [Read more]

Industry Events and Conferences

Powering Resilience with Renewables
1-2 September, Addis Ababa

Wind Power Morocco
5-6 September 2016, Oujda, Morocco

2nd Annual Solar Projects Egypt
6-7 September, Cairo

Inter solar Middle East
19-21 September 2016, Dubai, UAE

25-27 September, Palestine

MENA Investment Exchange: Energy
29-30 September, UK
40% Discount for CEBC Members

Dubai Solar Show
4-6 October 2016, Dubai, UAE

World Green Economy Summit
5-6 October 2016, Dubai, UAE

WFES Energy Efficiency Expo
16-19 January 2017

CEBC  members are entitled to discounts on the above events.  For the discount codes please email 
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