RCREEE Discusses Economic and Political Environment for Renewables at FES Berlin

On 21 April 2015, RCREEE participated in a panel discussion titled: “Moving away from oil?...Towards energy transformation in the Middle East. The panel session was held on the occasion of the “International Week of Justice” organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Berlin.

Dr. Tareq Emtairah, Executive Director at RCREEE talked about how the current economic and political environment for renewables could be assessed given the dramatic turmoil in the region, and how the recent cuts in subsidies helped the Egyptian government meet its own goals. Dr. Emtairah also explained how investments in renewables could be advanced. He also talked about the sensitivity of public opinion to the topic of renewable energy given the many other challenges people have to face. Moreover, Dr. Emtairah tackled the question of whether investments in renewables can create new employment opportunities. 

The panel discussion was also attended by H.E. Dr. Malek Kabariti, former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Jordan and with German MP Dr. Nina Scheer (SPD), Dr. Nina Scheer, MP and member of SPD Basic Values Commission, and was moderated by Dr. Karin Kneissl, publisher and energy analyst.