Online event "Energy transitions in the EU and the GCC: Challenges and opportunities"

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
11.00 - 12.30 CET


EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network is organising the online event Energy transitions in the EU and the GCC: Challenges and opportunities, taking place on Tuesday 16 June 2020 at 11.00 CET. The online event is organised with the support of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), and the Arab Council for Sustainable Energy (ARABCSE).

Clean energy has become a major growth sector as countries around the world have increasingly looked to transition to low emission energy systems. The EU and the Arab region particularly the GCC are both committed to progress toward a low emission and sustainable goals. However, this shift needs to progress substantially if they are to meet the Paris agreement goals. This means  that the energy sector should undergo a deep transformation over the next few decades. This shift should however be carried out in all the sectors of the economy. Indeed, sectoral coupling and a more integrated approach towards the clean energy transition is required in a number of sectors such as buildings, transport and industry. Moreover, the development of smart grids, distributed energy systems and digitalisation will enable the  massive introduction of clean energy technologies and therefore facilitate a smooth energy transition.

This online event will provide an overview of the goals and activities that the two regions are undertaking to achieve their clean energy targets including the EU green deal and the different GCC country visions and strategies. Also, it will discuss the challenges that the two regions are facing and what can be done to transform them in business and economic opportunities. In addition, the webinar will highlight the efforts that both regions are undertaking to foster their collaboration in the clean energy and climate change domains. There will be opportunity for audience questions after the presentations.