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Energy Globe Award: Submit your applications

The Energy Globe Award is presented annually to outstanding and sustainable projects in the area of environment and energy. Awards are presented on the national level and on the international level for the 5 categories of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth. With more than 180 participating countries, the Energy Globe Award is today’s most renowned worldwide environmental award. The international recipients of each category are presented with their awards as part of a ceremony that is broadcast all over the world. They will receive a total of 10,000 euro cash as prize money and are featured by international media.

Projects focusing on the conservation of resources, the improvement of air and water quality, the efficient use of energy, the implementation of renewable energies as well as creating a heightened awareness for these issues can be entered.

If you have been involved in the implementation of an interesting project please submit specific projects from these areas for the Energy Globe Award. If you are you familiar with anyone who has implemented such a project, please forward this information to the person(s) concerned and encourage them to participate. Our environment is everyone‘s concern – every single contribution to an environment worth living in and creating a sustainable future counts!

Deadline for project submission: 21st November 2018

More information is available at https://www.energyglobe.info/

Please note that this is a repost of the original call of applications run by the Energy Globe Award Organizers. Please address your questions to the Organizers.

Call for Applications: Solar PV Systems Installation is announced

The Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) in cooperation with the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) with support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invite companies with Company Registration (CR) in Electrical Installation and/or Solar Installation to nominate a qualified person to participate in the third batch of the 5-day intensive training course on “Installing Solar PV Systems in the Kingdom of Bahrain” from 12 to 18 November 2018.

The Training Course will be held at the EWA Training Centre in Sitra from 08:00 to 17:00. The training is free of charge.

Eligibility criteria for training course participants:

All participants shall have following minimum related work experience:

–           Minimum four (4) years of electrical construction-related work experience with a licensed contractor, or,

–           Minimum four (4) years as a professional technician/engineer with documented experience in design and installation of electric systems (e.g. system designer, project manager, site manager, foreman, electrician, system engineer), or,

–           Minimum one year of solar PV systems installation experience.

Companies with CR in Consultancy working in the field of solar energy are also invited to nominate one person to participate in the course to enhance their knowledge of installing Solar PV systems in Bahrain.

Upon successful completion of the training course and passing the exam, the training course participants will receive a Certificate.

The Certificate will enable the participants to become authorized Solar PV Installers in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with the condition that the company will have to either sub-contract EDD licensed engineer/technician for grid-connection process or have such person within the company.

Course registration:

The Companies should send their nominations and other details to the Sustainable Energy Unit on the following email: inquiry@sea.gov.bh with a subject line “Nomination for Solar PV Training Course” and include the following information:

  1. Completed registration form, which is available on www.bh.undp.org and below, and should include:
  2. Company name, CR number
  3. Full name of the nominated participant and position
  4. CPR (smart card) details
  5. Contact details
  6. CV
  7. Indicate number of years of work experience
  8. Experience in Solar PV systems (if any)

Should the number of applicants exceed the available space, the Training Course Organizers reserve the right to select the participants based on their qualifications and experiences.

The deadline to submit nominations is 30 October 2018. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Please click on the following link to download the application form: Application Form – third batch

National Successes in Sustainability through Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Initiatives

On October 7th, 2018, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs H.E. Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza received United Nations Resident Coordinator, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme H.E. Amin El Sharkawi and members of the Sustainable Energy Unit of Bahrain.

The Sustainable Energy Unit under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mirza and with the support of the United Nations Development Programme works to ensure that the Kingdom of Bahrain meets its national, regional and international commitments in regard to the sustainable use of energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. These efforts directly align and support the recently announced 6 Point Fiscal Balance Programme.

H.E. Mr. El Sharkawi congratulated H.E. Minister Dr. Mirza on the recent work towards achieving Bahrain’s National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) targets. These achievements include the finalisation of a Green Building Code and an associated Green Building Rating Scheme with Ministry of Works and other stakeholders. The Code and the Rating Scheme ensure minimum energy and water performance of new and renovated buildings within the Kingdom and incentivise further investment in sustainability. Other achievements include developing with the Ministry of Finance a Green Public Procurement manual as an addendum to the standard financial manual to mandate sustainable government purchasing choices, several Energy Audits of Government Buildings to rationalise energy expenditure and highlight savings potentials.

Efforts of the Sustainable Energy Unit towards the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) have brought about important milestones including the development of the Net Metering Policy, which since January of 2018 has allowed property owners in Bahrain to install and benefit from Renewable Energy sources, including Solar energy. The survey of 530 public buildings to assess their suitability will be included in an upcoming tender – which will invite the private sector to offer bids for a Feed in Tariff, and the inclusion of a renewable energy mandate in the Green Building Code and Rating Scheme.

HE Amin El Sharkawi added that with all these efforts Bahrain is on its way to achieve the national renewable energy target of 5% by 2025 and 10% by 2035, and the national energy efficiency target of 6% by 2025. H.E. Mr. El Sharkawi emphasised that the goals of sustainable development are equally important for both developed and developing countries. H.E. Dr. Mirza highlighted the importance of cooperation between the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Nations to be working together towards a sustainable future.

Hungarian Businessmen visit Bahrain to discuss renewable energy sector

On September 30, 2018, H.E. Dr. Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza was visited by a group of business figures from Hungary, led by Ret. Amb. Mr Viktor Polgar, Chairman of the Bahrain based Company, Insomnia Middle East WLL.

The visit to the Ministry of Electricity and Water was organized by SEU led by Mr Alexander Al Samahiji, Acting Managing Executive Director of SEU. After a brief introduction to the Bahraini renewable energy landscape by H.E. Dr. Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, the delegation welcomed the positive developments in several areas, was encouraged by the reduction of non-renewable resources and the overall positive economic development. Among the issues discussed was the establishment of business relation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Hungary in the field of renewable energy by inviting Hungarian manufacturers and service providers to participate in a workshop to be held in Manama later this year.

Both parties hoped that the impressive growth of the past years in the field of renewables and the encouraging progress in the field will make Bahrain and Hungary an important trading partner in the renewable energy sector.

SEU supports the Mobility 360 Conference and Exhibition

The Sustainable Energy Unit is delighted to support the Mobility 360 Middle East Conference and Exhibition, held under the patronage of His Excellency Zayed R. Al Zayani, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center on September 2nd and 3rd, 2018. The Mobility 360 Conference and Exhibition focuses on innovation in sustainable mobility and is in line with the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) initiatives to increase energy efficiency in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Sustainable Energy Unit, with the support of the Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), managed to organize the invitation of an expert speaker, Mr. Manpreet Singh, Director of Climate Change and Sustainability Services at KPMG India. Mr. Singh has more than 13 years of experience in the areas of sustainability, climate change mitigation and sustainable transport solutions. Mr. Singh has worked on a variety of projects in developing countries and has hands-on experience in practical sustainability solutions and environmental finance. Mr. Singh will deliver a presentation titled “Sustainable Transport Policy: Enabling Transition towards a Greener Tomorrow” on the second day of the conference, on September 3rd at 11:30 am.

The SEU, along with its numerous partners across the public and private sectors and academia, works towards achieving a sustainable future for coming generations.

The Arabic version of the press-release is available on this link.

Minister Dr. Mirza and SEU staff visit the Avenues

H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, officials from the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), and the Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) experts visited renewable energy project at the Avenues Complex in Manama. The Avenues Complex will have its new parking area fitted with solar PV systems, which are estimated to produce 250kWt energy.

The honorable delegation was greeted and welcomed by Dr. Maher Al-Shaer, Managing Director of the company, Mr. Salah El Din, Engineering Consultants MSCEB, the project’s implementing consultant, and Mr. Nacad Abdel Salam, General Manager of El Ritaj Company, who demonstrated the progress of the ongoing installation of solar PV systems.

Minister Mirza highlighted the keen interest of the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain to ensure that both public and private entities benefit from clean energy. Miniser Mirza also confirmed Bahrain’s commitment to achieve the national goals approved by the Council of Ministers to increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix in the country. He thanked and praised the management of the Avenues Complex and the Mohammed Salahuddin Foundation for their outstanding initiative, which contributes to the achievement of national goals. In their turn, the Avenues project managers expressed their gratitude to the Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs and officials for their support and readiness to provide all possible assistance in the implementation and implementation of solar energy solutions in the project.

SEU, a joint initiative between the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the Minister of Electricity and Water Authority, is delighted to see more and more businesses step up their sustainability game and contribute towards developing clean energy and other sustainable solutions for their operation. This demonstrates the strong commitment of the private sector to sustainable development goals and corporate social responsibility.

Bahrain welcomes a new batch of certified Solar PV Systems Installers

H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, awarded 46 successful contractors, consultants and the Electricity and Water Authority staff with the certificates on the successful completion of the Solar PV Systems Installation training course, which qualify them as certified solar PV systems installers. The certification required full attendance of the training course and passing of an exam.

The training course was organized by the Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) in cooperation with the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) and with the support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Two international energy consulting companies, CESI and JLanka Technologies prepared and delivered the tailor-made comprehensive course, which combined substantial theoretical training with demonstrations and laboratory work.

In his speech on the occasion of awards ceremony, H.E. Minister Mirza congratulated the successful graduates and highlighted the Kingdom of Bahrain’s achievements in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. H.E. Minister Mirza confirmed Bahrain’s commitment to regional and international obligations to ensure the uptake of renewable energy sources in the energy mix and to encourage and promote practical steps towards energy efficiency. Bahrain works towards achieving sustainable energy goals, and the graduation of a new batch of solar PV installers is yet another proof of Bahrain’s commitment to achieving sustainability.

The next training course will be announced in due time on the SEU website, UNDP website and EWA website, as well as in local print media outlets.

SEU launches the first training workshop for energy efficiency applications and solutions

Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza SEU launches the first training workshop for energy efficiency applications and solutions

Under the patronage of Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, the Sustainable Energy Unit, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), launched the first training workshop for energy efficiency applications and solutions on Sunday, 29 July 2018, as part of the Unit’s efforts to support the institutional capacity building of the Kingdom’s energy sector.

The workshop was attended by a number of local specialized companies and is designed and delivered by a leading European consultancy company with sound expertise in the energy efficiency assessments for large industries and small and medium enterprises within the framework of energy efficiency legislation.

On this occasion H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza stated “The workshop is part of a number of other initiatives included in the national renewable energy action plan and the national energy efficiency action plan, and is an important part of the ongoing efforts to promote energy efficiency, encourage energy discipline and energy efficiency practices, build local institutional capacities and promote energy efficiency as the lifestyle of choice in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The workshop aims to develop and consolidate local capacities in the field of energy auditing and to ensure a consistent standard for the assessment of buildings and facilities in line with international standards and the use of the best technologies and solutions in the field. It also helps contracted auditors familiarize themselves with a newly developed framework for energy audits.”

Dr. Mirza also further elaborated “there is a large global market for energy service providers, who specialize in energy audits of industrial, residential and other facilities. The institutional capabilities in the Kingdom, though relatively developing, are promising and will be expected to cater to the increasing public demand and climatic conditions that make energy efficiency a necessity.”

The workshop is held through for five days from 29th July to August 2nd, 2018 and combines academic and practical training. The work shop program included interactive lectures and discussions during the first three days and practiced their lessons learned over the later two days through implementations carrying out energy audits for the selected public use facilities.

Please click on the following link Press_Energy_Audits بالعربي to read the Arabic version of this press-release.

SEU launches the first energy audit training in the Kingdom of Bahrain 

The Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) with the support of the Office of the Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized and launched the first training on energy audit to be ever held in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Energy audit is the first crucial step to ensure energy efficiency in any facility. Energy audit assesses how much energy facility consumes and helps identify what measures should be taken to make facility energy efficient. There is a large global market of energy service providers, who specialize in energy audits for industrial, residential and other facilities. In Bahrain, this is an emerging and very promising market due to the public demand and the climate conditions, which make energy efficiency a basic necessity. The energy audit course will run for five days from July 29th to August 2nd. The training course consists of lectures, interactive workshops, round table discussions, on-site demonstrations and guided energy audit conducted by an expert European energy audit company. The training aims to develop and consolidate local capacity in energy auditing and to ensure a consistent standard of energy audit report. It also helps contracted auditors familiarize themselves with a newly developed framework for energy audits.This training course, among other existing and emerging initiatives, is an integral part of the ongoing work aimed to promote awareness of energy efficiency practices, build the capacity of local private and public stakeholders, and encourage energy efficiency as a lifestyle choice in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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