EU – GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, the Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) and the Kuwait Environment Protection Society are organising the Smart Energy and Sustainable Local Energy Planning Tools and Methods Training Week that will take place in Kuwait City, Kuwait from 25 to 29 November 2018.
The training consists of two programmes. The first thematic programme, scheduled to be delivered from 25 to 27 November 2018, is entitled “Sustainable local energy planning tools and methods; Lessons learnt from the Covenant of Mayors initiative in EU and beyond; Pathways towards cities carbon neutrality till 2050”. This training seminar will introduce to the participants the main concept of local energy and climate policy planning and will provide them with the following key pieces of knowledge:
- How can the local authorities improve the services offered and the living standards of their citizens by becoming greener?
- How can the local authorities foster local integrated energy, transport mobility and land-use planning in the long-term horizon?
- Local energy planning tools and methods and experience/lessons learnt gained from the EU, as well as the Maghreb and Mashreq region.
- Carbon neutrality alternative pathways for 2050.
The second 2-day training programme on “Smart energy cities; intelligent energy management tools and applications; replicability of European lighthouse cities for the GCC region” will be delivered on 28-29 November 2018 and will introduce to the participants the main concept of smart energy cities and intelligent energy management. It will provide the respective context of smart energy cities initiatives in EU and GCC, with emphasis on existing smart energy management systems and applications in a city level, addressing the following key questions:
- How can the city authorities assess a city’s performance, in terms of energy optimization?
- How can the energy managers monitor, manage & optimise energy consumption, exploiting multidisciplinary data?
- How can the facility/building manager foster behavioural change of end-users towards energy efficiency, through ICT?
Moreover, the seminar will present the experience from the implementation of available systems in European lighthouse cities and bring relevant findings, which could be valuable for the GCC region. The results will validate the applicability of the systems and reveal important energy and cost reductions.