Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) and the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network organise an experts’ meeting on “EU GCC Co-Operation on Renewables, Energy Efficiency & Carbon Capture and Storage”. The meeting is hosted at the Education City – Qatar Foundation in Doha from 7th to 9th of May, 2012.
This meeting, in line with the efforts of Qatar Foundation and of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network to promote cooperation in the field of clean energy, aims to enhance inter-regional knowledge dissemination and information exchange on clean energy topics, including research, technology and policy aspects.
The working plan includes:
- The Opening Ceremony on May 7, when high level representatives from Qatar Foundation, from the European Commission and the Network co-ordinating partners will make opening addresses.
- Discussion Session on the Roadmap for a sustainable EU-GCC Clean Energy Network (May 7th)
- Experts’ Discussion Groups’ Meetings on the topics of:
- Training Seminars delivered by distinguished experts on areas of mutual interest to EU –GCC members including:
- Visit to Qatar Science and Technology Park (May 7th)
- Technical Site Visit to Cogeneration Plants in Ras Laffan Industrial City (May 9th)
The Event is addressed to energy sector experts, consultants and researchers including engineers, project developers, executives at energy utilities and authorities, as well as students specialising in the fields of clean energy and particular on energy efficiency and demand side management, renewable energy sources, carbon capture and storage, etc.
During the event, distinguished clean energy experts, including representatives from the European Commission and the GCC authorities, will exchange views on the potential ways to support and enhance the long term strategic EU-GCC clean energy relationship.
Further information on the scientific Agenda, the venue and other organizational details are made available through the Meeting’s Website. Participants will receive certificate of attendance for the training seminars.
Interested experts are expected to pre-register online. There is no registration fee for participation at the Meeting.
The EU-GCC Clean Energy Network (http://www.eugcc-cleanergy.net/) is an initiative created and supported by the European Commission (EC) and by relevant Gulf Co-Operation Council authorities to:
· Support and enhance the long term strategic EU – GCC energy relationship, addressing specifically clean energy issues.
· Develop concrete cooperation activities of common interest on clean energy (including policy, research and technology aspects) among various stakeholders across the EU and GCC countries.
The Network initiated its first activities in December 2009 under the EC funded service contract “Creation and Operation of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network”. In February 2011, the GCC Energy Secretariat gives the mandate to a GCC Consortium led by Masdar Institute, to establish the GCC side of the Network for ensuring its sustainability. National institutions appointed by the GCC Energy Secretariat for supporting the Network include: Qatar Foundation – Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Sultan Qaboos University – Renewable & Sustainable Energies Research Group (Oman), The Arabian Gulf University (Bahrain), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research – Renewable Energy Program, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia).
The EU Consortium is lead by the Institute of Computers Communications Systems of National Technical University Athens, ICCS – NTUA (Greece). Members of the EU Consortium include: Gulf Research Center – GRC (Switzerland), German Aerospace Center – DLR (Germany), National Renewable Energy Centre – CENER (Spain), University of Stavanger – UiS (Norway), Electricity Supply Board International – ESBI (Ireland), Center for European Policy Studies – CEPS (Belgium).
The Network’s current objectives are:
· Exchange of experience and know-how;
· Coordination and promotion of joint actions between EU and GCC stakeholders;
· Facilitating joint research;
· Demonstration and development through joint projects of clean energy in GCC;
· Policy support to promote the above.
The Network’s Activities target:
· Knowledge Sharing through direct collaboration and the Network’s Communication- Collaboration- Dissemination Platform (NCCDP) (http://www.eugcc-cleanergy.net/)
· Training Programs: training to promote accelerated learning on clean energy technology and policy topics of popular interest to EU-GCC members.
· Research Articles: Recent Network initiative includes a Special Issue (call for papers) on the analysis of EU-GCC cooperation on clean energy from the International Journal of Energy Sector Management (Elsevier).
· Technical Visits: Network experts have the opportunity to participate at sites visits in state of the art clean energy and energy efficiency facilities; acquiring knowledge on technical design, process and tools; state of the industry updates.
· Discussion Group Meetings: active exchange of knowledge with input from high level industry officials, academia and non government organizations from the EU and GCC regions.
An essential feature of the Network is the operation of Discussion Groups (DGr) that focus on areas of common EU and GCC interest. At the moment five Discussion Groups of experts have been created to support activities in the following focus areas:
The Discussion Groups are facilitated by qualified EU and GCC experts/conveners, who co-ordinate the thematic working plan and stimulate discussions on the above key topics. A variety of stakeholders/experts from both the EU and the GCC participate in the Discussion Groups, including universities, research institutions, industrial entities, professional organisations and authorities. The Network aims to respond to the common interests of stakeholders active in the field of clean energy.
For a full list of the benefits of Network Membership (expert’s individual membership and institutional membership) please refer to the Network’s website.
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