The Network had the opportunity to hold an interesting interview with H.E. Mr Patrick Simonnet, Ambassador, European Union Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman. H.E. the Ambassador highlights the challenges and the opportunities that the energy transition and climate change bring for Europe and the GCC countries. He also reflects on the impact of the covid19 pandemic in changing our priorities and on the need to move towards more sustainable, climate friendly and resilient approaches in all sectors.
The 11th session of the IRENA Assembly will take place in a virtual setting from 18 to 21 January 2021, with related stakeholder meetings held virtually on 13 and 14 January 2021. Representing the Network, Frank Wouters, Director EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network will attend the 11th IRENA Assembly.
Virtual workshop The Synergy of Innovative Technologies and Carbon Market Developments in Achieving Net Zero Carbon in the GCC Region on the occasion of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 12.00-13.30 CET / 15.00-16.30 GST.
The ΕU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network(*) provides a wide variety of services and offering to its Members. Networking and fostering of partnership between EU and GCC institutions are the key services that are provided.
Background on EU GCC energy cooperation
The GCC countries comprise some of the world’s largest producers of oil and gas. In the past few years countries in the GCC started a number of initiatives to diversify their economy and their energy mix. In particular GCC governments have put the emphasis on sustainable energy transition with the implementation of clean energy plans or the adoption of targets – mainly based on diversification strategies, energy efficiency and renewables.