The COP-18 session being held from 26 November to 7 December coincides with the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties, while also serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP8). The meetings are organized on behalf of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Climate Action, a multimedia platform that aims to encourage businesses and large organizations to reduce their carbon footprint, and which puts forward the business case for tackling climate change.
The EU-GCC Clean Energy Network’s ‘GCC Renewable Energy Readiness Meeting’ is open to COP18 delegates and co-organized with Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation (QF). It will be held on 28 November at the GCC Pavilion, Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha, and aims to highlight the importance of a recent initiative, ‘GCC Renewable Energy Readiness Assessment Report’, being developed with Network partners across the GCC.
Renewable Energy (RE) readiness is defined as the level of development of a country’s infrastructure, institutions, and human-capital factors that influence the attractiveness of investing in renewable-energy projects. It plays an important role in enhancing the reliability of renewable-energy technologies (RET) to ensure their sustainable deployment.
The ‘GCC Renewable Energy Readiness Assessment Report’ will serve as a benchmark, using a common framework to assess each country’s RE-readiness. It will also help them identify and address gaps in their strategies to overcome the main barriers for the deployment of renewable energy projects, which are of growing importance for the GCC region. It will also elaborate on key R&D priorities and a policy framework conducive to scaling up renewable-energy technologies.
Top GCC officials participating in the meeting include Faisal Mohammed Al Suwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development; Hamza Kazim, Vice-President, Operations, and Finance, Masdar Institute; and Dr Scott Kennedy, Dean of Research, Masdar Institute.
High-ranking officials from the EU include Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, Directorate of International and Climate Strategy, DG-CLIMA, European Commission; and Professor John Psarras, ICCS-NTUA, Project Director – EU.
Hamza Kazim said: “The GCC countries are at present assessing their renewable energy readiness to submit a report. The region’s commitment and enthusiasm to adopt renewable sources is overwhelming, and the events in Doha will provide a fresh stimulus to implementing green measures across the GCC member states.”
The presentation by the high-level team of attendees from the GCC and European Commission will highlight the achievements in areas of mutual interest for the GCC and the EU, including renewables, energy efficiency and demand-side management, electricity interconnections, and carbon capture and storage, as well as natural gas.
Some of the concrete outcomes that will be summarized during the session include publications, research work/papers, established partnerships between the GCC and EU, co-operation project ideas, targeted working meetings, and training workshops.
The EU-GCC Clean Energy Network’s mission is to support and enhance the long-term strategic EU–GCC energy relationship, addressing specifically clean energy issues; develop concrete co-operation activities of common interest on clean energy (including policy and technology aspects) among various stakeholders across the EU and GCC countries; and expand as a professional network among public- and private-sector players in clean energy by retaining and recruiting institutional members.
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