1Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest producer of oil and gas is finding it increasingly difficult to suffice its own needs. An unprecedented increase in population and growth in industrial and economic activity has triggered newfound interest in renewable energy development for six major Middle Eastern economies. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, together knows as the Gulf Cooperation Council, have turned their focus towards the exploitation of renewable sources of energy present in the region.
Electricity production is the most energy intensive industry in these countries and is produced mostly from fossil fuels. The climatic conditions of the region make air conditioning a must resulting in more than average power consumption as compared to the rest of the world. About 99% of water in these countries comes from desalination, another energy consuming process, working mainly on gas feeds. Water and electricity together are the most energy consuming sectors in the region and some of these countries are the highest per capita consumers of power and water (5 times Europe). With depleting oil and gas reserves and export quotas and commitments to fulfill, it is vital for the GCC countries to diversify and look at renewable sources of energy for power and water production.
For these reasons, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman have each declared their plans to produce at least 15-20% of electricity from renewable sources of energy by 2030 and are leaving no stone unturned to secure their future with renewable sources of energy. In this panorama, is evident how all the GULF local Governments and market, will require from developers and designers an huge effort directed to green approach, through the introduction of specific laws and regulations.
The revolution started already in the UAE : HRH Sheikh Mohammed launched the new DUBAI CLEAN ENERGY PLAN, achieving 25% of electricity from Solar, by 2030 ! At the same time, DEWA launched on March 2015 the SHAMS DUBAI INITIATIVE, the first solar energy regulation for private initiatives in the Gulf region, being an example for all the others. We are here, ready for the green challenge and for your financial benefits !