Kuwait Joins the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Kuwait, Kuwait – 25 August, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency welcomes Kuwait to its membership, represented through the Ministry of Electricity and Water. Kuwait’s membership brings the total number of members in RCREEE to 15 states joining Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. Kuwait reinforces RCREEE geographical coverage in the Arab region, especially within GCC countries.
Under the auspices of Eng. Ahmed Khaled Al-Jassar, First Undersecretary of the Ministry of Electricity and Water, the cooperation inaugural meeting was held on 25 of August, 2014. The meeting included RCREEE Executive Director, Dr. Tareq Emtairah, Eng. Jassem M. Al Nouri, Assistant Undersecretary for Transmission of Electrical Networks, and Eng. Dhawi Al Hameli, Electricity Distribution Networks Emergencies Manager, Minsitry of Electricity and Water, who was appointed as Kuwait’s representative to RCREEE Board of Trustees.
As a member of the GCC countries, Kuwait forms part of the GCC region-wide power grid connection between the Northern and Southern system, connecting Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to UAE and Oman respectively.
“We are thrilled that Kuwait joins forces with other 14 member states to promote awareness and applications of renewable energy and energy efficiency in our region. Kuwait is well positioned to take a leading role to complement region wide needs with the current strategic focus on building advanced energy performance and standards validation infrastructure , R&D capabilities and investments in advanced demonstration projects” Said Dr. Tareq Emtairah, Executive Director, RCREEE.
Eng. Ahmed Khaled Al-Jassar, First Undersecretary of the Ministry of Electricity and Water emphasized on the importance of cooperation with the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) in fulfilling Kuwait’s interests in specific and the Arab states in general in spreading renewable energy and energy efficiency awareness. “We are looking forward to a close cooperation with RCREEE in light of the state of Kuwait’s ambitions to reinforce its renewable energy production capacity and lead the regional energy efficiency culture.” Said Ahmed Khaled Al-Jassar.
Kuwait is among the most fossil fuel rich countries in the world. The country holds one of the world’s largest oil reserves and, as an OPEC member, is a top oil-exporting country. Oil sales represent half of the country’s GDP, and account for 95% of government income.
Kuwait’s electricity consumption relies almost entirely on oil products and natural gas for power generation. Currently, the country is facing important challenges in the growing energy demand. As a response to these shortages, the Kuwaiti government is planning to increase generation capacity in the next decades. Most of newly planned capacity will come from natural gas or oil, but the government also aims to generate 5% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and 10% by 2030. These targets are to be achieved by capitalizing on the country’s wind and solar energy potential. Kuwait has also set energy efficiency targets to reduce energy consumption by 10% in the residential and industrial sector, as well as to improve power generation efficiency by 5% in the utility sector.
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.
For more information about RCREEE, please visit www.rcreee.org