Session on “Energy efficiency and Renewable energy for Food and Water Security in the Arab Region”
Today, many Arab countries suffer from several problems related to water and food security, many of which depend on energy-consuming desalination plants. Technological development and declining prices for solar systems and reverse osmosis desalination systems offer significant opportunities for increased reliance on renewable energy in desalination.
On the other hand, there is a big challenge in the correlation between food prices and rising fossil fuel prices as a result of the liberalization of energy markets in many countries, which means the importance of shifting agriculture and irrigation systems to food production to the model of "smart energy consumption".
To tackle this matter, Energy Department at the league of Arab states jointly organized with the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and GIZ a session on “Energy efficiency and Renewable energy for Food and Water Security in the Arab Region” on October 20,2019. The session took place on the side of Cairo Water Week.
We had the pleasure of welcoming the following esteemed keynote speakers:
Dr. Ahmed Gaber, CEO, Chemonics Egypt
Topic: Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus State of Art
Dr. Khaled Elfarra, Energy Expert, Tarsheed Egypt
Topic: Renewable energy technologies in water Sector (Solar pumping technologies)
Dr. Hisham El Sherief, CEO, ECARU
Topic: Energy Potentials of Agriculture waste “Challenges and Opportunity”
Dr. Waleed Abd El Azeim, Waste Water Treatment Expert
Topic: Waste water energy based technologies (Bio- digesters)
Dr. Nouri Alkishriwi, Senior Expert, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Economic Sector, Energy Department - League of Arab States
Moderator: Eng. Ahmed Khalil, Environmental Expert, RCREEE