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Clean Energy Business Council set to host Annual Event

This year’s Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) Annual Event is to be held under the theme ‘MENA – The Clean Energy Upstart? Challenges, Innovation, Unlimited Potential,’ reflective of the growing interest shown by national governments and investors, developers and manufacturers in the currently under-realised clean energy potential of the wider MENA region.

“There is great excitement among clean energy players about the MENA region’s potential to become a world leader in clean energy development and adoption,” said Dr Nasser H. Saidi, Chairman of CEBC.

“Of all the global regions, MENA is the one that has the greatest potential for growth. We are seeing increased investment, favourable policy creation and implementation and enhanced development. It is an exciting time to be involved in the MENA clean energy industry.”

The event will convene industry leaders and policy makers, providing a platform for discussion on the state of the clean energy industry across the MENA region, their achievements this far, and the next steps required for further development of the sector. There will be a focus on energy and water efficiency, financing mechanisms and the social impacts of clean energy in the region, with key public and private sector stakeholders from across the region in attendance.

According to Nimer Abu Ali, MENA Head of Cleantech, EY, Governments in MENA have recognised that the long term sustainability of their economies and their resources can be improved by diversifying the sources of energy and include alternative energies and investment in energy efficiency. Saudi Arabia and UAE have been leading the renewables agenda in the region. Morocco has also, in the last year, seen significant progress in this direction. However, the inadequacy of policy frameworks and regulations in the region as a whole continue to be the main obstacles to the development of the industry.”

With over 100 projects under development across the MENA region, and with countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt looking to generate 20% of their power from renewable sources by 2020, and Morocco aiming for the even more ambitious 42% figure by 2020, the region’s clean energy future looks bright.


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Bee’ah announces its first office outside the UAE

Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading and award winning integrated environmental and waste management company, announced today that it has expanded its operations locally and regionally.

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO, Bee’ah made the announcement on the second day of Green Middle East, the region’s premier exhibition for the environment industry.

“Our skills and expertise are a level at which we can export expertise across the region,” said Al Huraimel. “Saudi Arabia is an ideal starting point in our regional expansion strategy due to the Kingdom’s similarities to Sharjah in terms of demographics and nature of waste. Bee’ah is proud to announce that we have now set up our first office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.”

Bee’ah’s entry into Saudi Arabia will mark the company’s first foray outside the United Arab Emirates and is expected to make a significant contribution to the improvement of the Kingdom’s environment. This is part of Bee’ah’s strategy to share best practices for sustainable waste management solutions in emerging markets across the region.

He said: “According to our estimates, each person in Saudi Arabia generates approximately 1.3kg of solid waste every day. With a population of 29.8 million, this means that a total of about 36.7 million tonnes of waste is generated on a daily basis. We are hoping to reduce this significantly to help the Kingdom’s cities become cleaner and more environmentally friendly.”

As part of its expansion strategy, the company will also expand its local operations to include the industrial areas of Sharjah.

For more information, please visit www.beeah.ae



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ENOC and UAE University promote occupational health and safety

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) signed an agreement with the UAE University yesterday to undertake training programmes and collaborative research to promote occupational health safety.

The agreement at the Dubai Joint Industry International Occupational Health Conference organised by ENOC for the fifth year.

UAE University will work with ENOC professionals as part of the MoU to hold training sessions, seminars and conferences on various aspects of occupational health. The two entities will also collaborate on research and development initiatives to further strengthen health and safety at the workplace.

More than 18 papers on occupational health and safety were presented at the conference by regional and international experts focusing on occupational health management, occupational health medicine, EHS systems and industrial & occupational hygiene, among others.

Other topics discussed at the panel discussions included: investing in employee well-being and occupational health; occupational health in the GCC region; psychosocial issues in migrant workers; risk management; worker well care; stress at work; occupational health nursing; and disability management, among others.

The participants came from over eight countries including the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Singapore. As part of the Conference, the delegates toured the site of DUBAL and Dubai Dry Docks to explore best practices in occupational health.




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Passavant undertakes two water treatment plant projects in Romania and Turkey

Passavant-Roediger GmbH, a wholly owned German subsidiary of Drake & Scull International (DSI) PJSC, has won two more major water treatment plant projects in Romania and Turkey worth a total of AED 152 Million. The new contracts affirm Passavant’s growing presence in the European market.

Under the terms of the Romanian agreement, Passavant-Roediger will undertake the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning works for the extension and modernisation of the waste water treatment plant in the cities of Campina and Plopeni in Romania.

The contract in Turkey, involves the development of an activated sludge plant with primary clarifiers, biological nitrification/de-nitrification and biological/chemical phosphorous removal and anaerobic stabilisation capabilities. The project is located in the city of Adiyaman and is expected to serve to 185,119 population equivalent.

Dr Mazen Bachir, managing director at Passavant-Roediger said: “The GCC remains a key growth Market for Passavant and we continue to deliver on our on-going projects in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Lebanon. In recent years, Passavant- Roediger has steadily grown its footprint in the GCC with successful implementation in Qatar, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. Backed by DSI’s solid reach and reputation in the GCC and our own experience in European as well as global markets, we have been able to establish ourselves well here. In the coming years, we hope to further reinforce our position and emerge as the choice ‘go-to-specialist’ in the region. We are after all, the first company to bring a waste-to-energy plant to the region, with the Saida Municipal Domestic Waste Treatment plant in Lebanon, treating 300 tonnes per day of domestic waste.”

DSI acquired Passavant-Roediger in 2009 to enhance its capabilities in the region’s water and wastewater sector.




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DSCE honours winners at the Emirates Energy Award

Emirates Energy Award (EEA), was held on October 27 organised by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy at Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy said: “The Award highlights best global experiences and practices that enhance the rational use of energy, promote the sustainable use of alternative clean resources, reduce dependence on traditional resources to mitigate environmental pollution, strengthen the role of institutions and individuals, and raise awareness on the importance of rationalised use of energy and environmental protection.

“The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is striving to put these directives, initiatives and ambitious strategies into action; an example of which is the launch of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. This aims to diversify our energy sources to comprise a mix of 71% from natural gas, 12% from nuclear power, 12% from clean coal and 5% from solar energy by 2030,”.

The Award, distributed every two years, honoured the winners of the different categories as follows:

  • Large Energy Project: The Gold Award was presented to the Morocco-based NAREVA Holding; the Shams Power Company (United Arab Emirates) was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).
  • Small Energy Project: The Gold Award was given to the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company ‘du’ (United Arab Emirates); the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to Empower Company (United Arab Emirates).
  • Energy Efficiency for Public Sector: The Gold Award was given to Masdar (United Arab Emirates); RTA was honoured with the Silver Award (United Arab Emirates), while the Bronze award was given to RasGas (State of Qatar).
  • Energy Efficiency for Private Sector: The Gold Award was given to Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (United Arab Emirates); the Arab Contractors Company was honoured with the Silver Award (Egypt), while the Bronze award was given to ABB/ Al-Khaleej Sugar Company (United Arab Emirates).
  • Education Energy Award: The Gold Award was given to the Friends of Environment Society (Jordan); Dr. Hanan Talib was honoured with the Silver Award (United Arab Emirates), while the Bronze award was given to HSBC Bank (United Arab Emirates).
  • Research & Development Award: The Gold Award was given to Ayman Adnan Almaitah (Jordan); the University of Bahrain was honoured with the Silver Award (Kingdom of Bahrain), while the Bronze award was given to the Nitrate Production System (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan).
  • Young Professional Energy Award: The Gold Award was given to Abdul Aziz Al Obaidli (United Arab Emirates); Mahmoud Shatel (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to Aisha Ali, Aya Abu Hani and Noora Rashed Al Kaizi (United Arab Emirates).
  • A Special Recognition Award was awarded to the organisations that succeeded in reducing energy consumption, including: Saudi Aramco (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia); Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex; Dubai Investment Park (United Arab Emirates); Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme; Emirates Transport, for the use of clean transportation fuels; Dubai Silicon Oasis; and Drydocks World (United Arab Emirates).



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American hardword imports increase in the MENA region

According to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), $45.05m of American hardwood lumber and veneer were exported to the MENA region including Pakistan during the first six months of this year.

This marks a 4% increase over the same period in 2012.

A closer look at markets across the region reveals strong demand for American hardwood lumber in the UAE (USD 3.98 million), Turkey (USD 3.59 million), Saudi Arabia (USD 3.42 million), Egypt (USD 4 million), and Pakistan (USD 3.85 million).

“A key issue for the timber industry in the MENA region is the EU Timber Regulation, which came into effect in March this year. Some of the world’s largest interior fit-out companies are based in the UAE and other Gulf countries and a number of Dubai-based joinery factories are almost totally focussed on production for countries outside the Middle East, including in the European Union. In the case of U.S. hardwoods, EUTR conformance is satisfied through the comprehensive ‘Assessment of Lawful Harvesting & Sustainability of U.S. Hardwood Exports’. This is significant given that the EU is a major destination for a significant amount of the joinery work being undertaken in the region, much of which features American hardwoods. Because of this and the region’s booming construction levels, we feel confident that U.S. hardwood exports to the Middle East will remain strong for the months and years ahead,” concluded Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Oceania.


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