Currently, the Gulf countries face many challenges in the energy sector such as low energy efficiency, a chronic dependence on fuel subsidies and related high CO2 emissions. To tackle these issues, the GCC countries are now embarking on a clean energy transition pathway, which targets a more sustainable, efficient and cost-effective methods for using energy.
Energy efficiency measures and technologies, including Demand Side Management (DSM) and Smart Cities, can play a major role to reduce energy intensity and thus emissions. There are solutions available suited for small, medium and large-scale applications and that can be implemented in different sectors of the economy such as building and Industry. In addition, Energy efficiency provides significant co-benefits in terms of job/SMEs creation, revenue generation, interaction with research and innovation, increasing competitiveness and an improvement of companies’ corporate images.
Following the above developments, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network in partnership with the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) organise an EU-GCC Workshop on Energy Efficiency, to take place in Oman, on 28-30 October 2018. The workshop will focus on solutions and methodologies for the Industry and building sectors.
The aim of the event is to foster partnerships by bringing together high-level stakeholders from the EU (European Union) and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to discuss Energy Efficiency suitable for the region, exchange best practices and lesson learned and advance collaboration between EU and GCC actors.
The workshop shall seek answers to the following questions:
- Which opportunities/options and challenges exist for energy efficiency at local and regional levels?
- What are the most convenient/suitable policies and regulations that can enable energy efficiency actions/projects?
- What are the drivers for investment in energy efficiency?
- What are successful business models to accelerate the introduction of energy efficiency technologies and measures? What role can SMEs and ESCOs play in the sector?
- Where does the money come from?
- Which key actions/recommendations should be suggested to promote collaboration between the EU and the GCC stakeholders?
The target audiences for this workshop include:
- Policy/ decision makers,
- Industrial & Building energy-users.
- Engineers, technicians and technology providers who work with energy-users to implement energy efficiency systems/concepts and digital technologies.
- Academicians, researchers and analysts examining energy efficiency trends, policies and concepts