RCREEE support the 6th version of the International Beirut Energy Forum
For the 6th year on role; RCREEE supports International Beirut Energy Forum (IBEF) held in Lebanon during the period of 9-11 September 2015. IBEF was held under the pateronage of the minister of energy and water, H.E Mr. Arthur Nazarian. In the opening speeche, the organizers thanked RCREEE for its efforts and wished Ahmed Badr a successful term as RCREEE executive director.
For this year RCREEE head of projects and technical Affairs, Dr. Maged Mahmoud moderated IBEF closing ceremony held in partnership with League of Arab States. The session tackled the Road to Paris COP 21: National Targets for 2030.
In addition, RCREEE and RE-ACTIVATE had jointly organized a regional expert workshop on the side of Beirut International Energy Forum. The workshop entitled “International Good Practices for Optimizing Socio-Economic Benefits of Sustainable Energy Technologies: New Approaches for the MENA Region” was held on September 10, 2015.
The workshop aimed to identify and assess best practices and key lessons gained by emerging and developing countries on how to optimize the socio-economic impacts of sustainable energy. This could be achieved only when taking into consideration local employment and income creation. In addition, the WS presented the first version of the “SE4JOBS” policy toolbox. The toolbox is currently developed within the framework of German International Cooperation with the aim of helping partners and colleagues to reinforce and optimize the socio-economic impacts of RE/EE.
The workshop succeeded in attracting high level participants from different regional institutions coming from the public as well as private sectors.
At the end of the workshop attendees emphasized on the importance of market uptake and confidence build-up required to enhance socio-economic impacts and increase employment opportunities. Strong political commitment is also crucial in that respect. Such commitment would be translated into roadmaps that include targets, regulatory frameworks and financing mechanisms. Detailed plans would be developed to build up trust in the market and thus ensure larger deployment of RE/EE solutions.
These plans should be re-visited and updated periodically building on successes and lessons learnt. On the other hand, joint regional efforts are needed to foster expertise and markets through training, knowledge sharing and common standards and qualifications.
About the International Beirut Energy Forum;
The International Beirut Energy Forum 2015 Beirut Energy Forum is one of the most reputable and professional energy event in the Middle East specifically dedicated to sustainable energy issues and projects and attracting key energy people from Lebanon, the Arab World, and the international community.
Historically, Beirut Energy Forum is done under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water. The event receives the support and participation of a large number of key players in the energy sector. The main supporters of the event are the League of Arab States (LAS), the European Union (EU), the Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),the ESCWA, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), and the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut (OEA). Beirut Energy Forum is organized by MCE GROUP for Congresses and Exhibition (MCE Group) in collaboration with "EnR, salon des Energies Renouvelables", the Ashrae Lebanon Chapter, the Lebanese Solar Energy Society, the Lebanon Green Building Council (LGBC), and the EU-funded project MED-ENEC. The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) is the strategic partner of the event.