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 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.

Second Solar PV Systems Installation Course

The Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) in cooperation with the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) and with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has successfully completed the second Solar PV Systems Installation training course. The course aimed to qualify contractors and consultants specializing in the installation of solar PV systems to become certified installers by the Electricity & Water Authority.  H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs inaugurated the launch of the second training course and commended the success of the first training course held back in January 2018. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Amin El Sharkawi, UNDP Resident Representative, a number of officials and about 60 participants, including Electricity & Water Authority staff.  This training course was run for five consecutive days from June 24th to June 28th at the EWA Training Center in Sitra. The course was offered through two renewable energy specialized companies, J Lanka Technologies and CESI, and aimed to provide a high-level training and diversify experiences and lessons learned that were on offer for the trainees. Upon successful completion of the course and passing the qualification exam, the consultants and contractors will be awarded a certificate that allows them to complete accreditation procedures with the Electricity & Water Authority.

The next batch for the training course will be announced on the SEU website and SEU social media accounts in due time. Announcements will also be featured in the local newspapers and on the UNDP website and EWA website.

SEU’s New Acting Executive Director

Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain H.E. Dr. Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza appointed Mr. Alexander Al Samahiji, SEU’s Solar Energy Expert, as the new Acting Executive Director of the Unit. Mr. Al Samahiji has taken over the management of the Unit from Ms. Nurzat Myrsalieva, Renewable Energy Expert, who has taken a new job role abroad. Mr. Al Samahiji has over 20 years’ experience in management, sustainable construction and information technology. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kent, a MBA degree from the University of Warwick and a Master’s degree in Solar Energy Engineering from Dalarna University in Sweden.

On this occasion, H.E. the Minister stated that we are very pleased to welcome Mr. Al Samahiji in his new position and look forward that under his leadership SEU will build a path towards a sustainable future in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We would also like to thank the old Acting Executive Director Ms.  Nurzat Myrsalieva for her invaluable contribution to the Unit’s work and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Ms. Myrsalieva joined the SEU in 2016 and played an instrumental role in the development of the Unit over the past two years. Ms. Myrsalieva has also made valuable contributions to the development of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the National Renewable Energy Action Plan of the Kingdom of Bahrain and actively participated in the development and promotion of key SEU initiatives.

SEU at St. Christopher’s School

Rami at St. Chris

Rami Osman, the Sustainable Energy Unit’s Energy Efficiency Specialist, met with a group of enthusiastic students at St. Christopher’s School to discuss Bahrain’s work in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Year 8 and IB students engaged in a lively discussion of what we can do to save energy and promote sustainability. SEU is delighted to engage with young generation in Bahrain, who are open-minded, caring about the planet and each other, and are very bright and intelligent.

St. Christopher’s School commits to other initiatives to promote sustainability as well. For example, St. Chris Primary School celebrated the World Earth Day on April 22nd by organizing waste free lunch.

SEU at the R20 World Summit

On May 15th, 2018, the Sustainable Energy Unit delegation led by H.E. the Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Mirza and supported by H.E. Amin El Sharkawi, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, participated in the R20 Austrian World Summit in Vienna. The R20 Summit is a network platform that aims to help regions, states and cities implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and meet the global climate protection targets set by the Paris Agreement. The event is organized with the support of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s R20 Regions of Climate Change, an initiative to bring together sub-national authorities, public-private investors and experts to work together on sub-national green infrastructure projects. Please see more at the R20 website:

SEU participated in Vienna Energy Forum

The Sustainable Energy Unit led by H.E. Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, and supported by the United Nations Development Program and the UNDP Resident Representative and the United Nations Resident Coordinator H.E. Amin El Sharkawi, participated in the Vienna Energy Forum on May 14th-16th, 2018. The annual global event was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO). The Vienna Energy Forum is a high-profile gathering of key decision-makers in the area of renewable energy from all over the world.
H.E. Dr. Mirza spoke about the Kingdom of Bahrain’s achievements in renewable energy and its progress towards achieving the sustainable development goals. H.E. Dr. Mirza was also discussing the steps taken by the government of Bahrain towards encouraging investment in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency and the comprehensive development of the energy sector in Bahrain.
This participation was particularly important as part of SEU’s delivery on its commitment to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, as this year’s event will focus on reviewing the global progress of SDGs and will offer an opportunity to exchange experiences on sustainable energy and successful and innovative business models to encourage the uptake of renewable energy initiatives and improve energy efficiency.

The UoB launches MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Energy Unit welcomes the official launch of the first Master program in Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development is a joint program between University of Bahrain and Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, UK. It is designed to attract students, who combine postgraduate study with their professional practice, thus boosting professional skills and upgrading their career prospects.

The program features interdisciplinary courses and uses a range of teaching and learning materials and methods. Prospective students can choose between two streams: Stream I: Environmental Science and Development, or Stream II: Sustainable Urbanism.

The SEU is delighted to see the increasing interest of youth in sustainability and environment as young people are the key stakeholders and drivers to sustainable future.

For more information on the program please visit the UoB website.

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