Distinguished Presence for RCREEE at 5th Beirut Energy Forum

In the framework of the continuous cooperation and coordination between RCREEE and the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, led by Mr. Pierre El Khoury, Director of the Lebanese Center and a member of RCREEE Board of Trustees,  RCREEE successfully participated as a partner in the 5th edition of Beirut Energy Forum (BEF 2014), which was held during the period 17 to 19 September 2014 in Beirut. RCREEE organized and sponsored activities included a sessions in collaboration with the Department of Energy of the League of Arab states, where Eng. Jamila Matar, the head of LAS energy deptartment announced the approval of the Arab renewable energy framework as well as the Arab template for national renewable energy action  plans by the Executive Office of the Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity.  Dr. Tareq Emtairah RCREEE Executive Director confirmed the commitment of RCREEE to assist countries to adopt the template. During the session the contents of both documents were presented as well as a case study on the Lebanese and the European expertise in the field. Also future steps to ensure national adoption of the NREAP template were elaborated. The Session was moderated by Eng. Ziad Gebril, renewable energy director at the Jordanian Energy Ministry.

At the level of the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI), the fourth regional meeting of SHAMCI Network was held and was attended by 45 participants from ten different countries, including experts and industrialists and representatives from a range of regional and international organizations. The meeting ended with the adoption of both the Sudan and Lebanon to SHAMCI sign officially.

The aim of the network meeting was to examine the readiness of quality authorities to of the application of SHAMCI program. In addition to that, it was agreed during the network meeting, to prepare a future action plan for the concerned institutions through issuing seven important decisions, including the decision to accept the membership of 16 new associates from private and public sectors, and also the formation of four committees which have been tasked with working on all regulatory and legal matters between SHAMCI secretariat and network on one hand, and the certification bodies and testing laboratories on the other hand.

In addition, Eng. Maged Mahmoud, Head of Projects and Technical Affairs at RCREEE made a presentation in the Pre-opening session: "Bridging the Gap between Education and Job Opportunities in the Sustainable Energy Market" organized by the Forum in In Partnership with USEK University (Université Saint-Esprit Kaslik) where Eng. Mahmoud gave an overview of the Renewable Energy Market in the Arab World.

RCREEE also organized an experts’ consultative meeting for the Eastern Arab countries, in collaboration with the World Bank, to discuss the primary outputs and next steps for the study being prepared about the delivery mechanisms for  energy efficiency in the region.

All of these events have been organized successfully as a result of fruitful support from Mr. Ziad Zein, RCREEE focal point in Lebanon and LCEC vice president, who in turn thanked RCREEE during the ministerial opening session for securing the participation of experts and leaders of renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the Arab countries..

Beirut Energy Forum is one of the most important events that deal with renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Arab region and is supported by the Ministry of Energy and Water (ME).

About the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE):

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an independent not-for-profit regional organization that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in the Arab region. RCREEE teams with regional governments and global organization to initiate and lead clean energy policy dialogues, strategies, technologies and capacity development in order to increase Arab states’ share of tomorrow’s energy.