GCC and EU ex­perts share poli­cies, prac­tices for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and cool­ing tech­nolo­gies

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 2: The Kuwait So­ci­ety of En­gi­neers (KSE) and the EU-GCC Clean En­ergy Tech­nol­ogy Net­work or­gan­ised a two-day high level work­shop and train­ing on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and cool­ing tech­nolo­gies, held at the KSE premises. The event was held un­der the pa­tron­age of the Min­is­ter of Oil and the Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter, Es­sam Al Mar­zouq, and was or­gan­ised in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Col­lege of Tech­no­log­i­cal Stud­ies — PAAET.

The aim of the event was to foster part­ner­ships by bring­ing to­gether high-level stake­hold­ers from the Euro­pean Union (EU) and the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) to dis­cuss En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Cool­ing Tech­nolo­gies suit­able for the re­gion, ex­change best prac­tices and lessons learned and ad­vance col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween EU and GCC ac­tors.

Dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, ad­dresses were made by HE Min­is­ter of Oil and Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter, Es­sam Al Mar­zouq, Faisal Ala­jmi Chair­man of Kuwait So­ci­ety of En­gi­neers, Ms Lucie Berger Head of Trade Sec­tion at the EU Del­e­ga­tion to KSA and the Gulf as well as Dr Hi­lal M. Al­mukhaini, Di­rec­tor En­ergy De­part­ment, GCC Sec­re­tariat Gen­eral and Frank Wouters, Di­rec­tor EU GCC Clean En­ergy Tech­nol­ogy Net­work.

The meet­ing gath­ered more than 120 dis­tin­guished ex­perts from the EU and the GCC, rep­re­sent­ing at a high level Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, the KSE, the EU GCC Clean En­ergy Tech­nol­ogy Net­work, the GCC Sec­re­tariat-Gen­eral, the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter of Kuwait, PAAET, Kuwait In­sti­tute for Sci­en­tific Re­search, Public Au­thor­ity of Hous­ing Wel­fare, Eurovent ME, EuroHeat and Power, Clean En­ergy Busi­ness Coun­cil, as well as other lead­ing public and pri­vate sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives and ex­perts.

“En­ergy ef­fi­ciency is one of the pri­or­i­ties of the EU en­ergy strat­egy. By us­ing en­ergy more ef­fi­ciently from gen­er­a­tion to fi­nal con­sump­tion, Euro­peans lower their en­ergy bills, in­crease re­silience, and help pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant coben­e­fits in terms of job cre­ation, rev­enue gen­er­a­tion, in­ter­ac­tion with re­search and in­no­va­tion as well as in­creas­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness. Europe has a lot of lessons learnt and best prac­tices to share with Kuwait and the GCC re­gion. The EU GCC Clean En­ergy Tech­nol­ogy Net­work is a mech­a­nism that can fa­cil­i­tate this in­ter­ac­tion and ex­change among the two re­gions,” said Lucie Berger rep­re­sent­ing the EU del­e­ga­tion.

“The fi­nan­cial sup­port of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion en­ables the EU GCC Clean En­ergy Tech­nol­ogy Net­work to or­gan­ise events like this. Our aim is to bring peo­ple to­gether, so real co­op­er­a­tion will take place be­tween Euro­pean and Kuwaiti com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions in the field of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency”, noted Frank Wouters.

Top & above: some pho­tos from the event.

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