EU Sustainable Energy Week, Session on 6 June 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018
Brussels, Belgium


On June 6, 2018 the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network in cooperation with MEDENER organised in Brussels a session on “EU OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND THE GCC REGIONS” during the main EUSEW Policy Conference.

The session aimed to discuss the leading policies, technologies and best practices that can unlock the clean energy potential in the Mediterranean & the Gulf (GCC) regions. Emphasis was given on the drivers and the challenges of the transition towards clean energy that is currently taking place and how EU stakeholders can engage and establish win-win partnerships in these regions, at a policy, technology/industry and research level.

Speakers included 

Ruud Kempener, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
Frank Wouters, Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network
Miguel Sales Dias, MEDENER Member of the Board of Director

While panelists of the panel moderated by Frank Wouters, Network Director included:

Ahmed Badr, Executive Director, RCREEE
François Gréaume, Head of International Geographic Coordination Department, ADEME (France)
James Watson, CEO SolarPower Europe
Sgouris Sgouridis, Asst Prof., Masdar Institure -Khalifa University

The Panel discussion was interactive and focused on:

  • Main drivers for the energy transition in the two regions
  • Barriers working against the clean energy transition in the two regions
  • The potential for solar energy in the MENA region and the associated potential for cross border trade
  • Hydrogen as an enabler for deep decarbonisation and the potential for green hydrogen to replace hydrocarbons over time
  • Hybridisation of PV / CSP
  • The role of ESCOs in the implementation of energy efficiency



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