11 December 2012, Bahrain, Manama (Arabian Gulf University)


Scope and Objectives
The Arabian Gulf University (AGU), the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) and the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network, organise an experts’ workshop on the challenges and prospects of GCC-EU collaboration in the fields of Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management.
The objectives of the workshop are to raise awareness on the value of Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management; provide tools and best practices to energy practitioners; demonstrate energy efficiency technologies for industrial and building sectors.
The event is targeting regional energy sector experts, consultants, engineers, practitioners, project developers, executives at utilities and authorities, as well as researchers and students specialising in the field of energy efficiency and demand side management.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
Background Information – Concept Note
Energy efficiency remains one of the biggest opportunities, which both GCC and EU regions are not fully utilizing. Efforts realized so far for its promotion have resulted in the harvesting of all low hanging fruit, however, intensification & diversifying the current activities in this sector are  required to achieve the ambitious goals set  to reduce energy demand and the associated carbon emissions.
Although both regions face different challenges as regards their development rates, the security of their energy supply and their environmental footprint, EU-GCC synergies on energy efficiency can only create beneficial outcomes. Energy efficiency can be a prominent parameter towards the achievement of the above mentioned goals, since within the economic decline the world faces these years, it can contribute to the employment creation and boost of the regional economies; contribute to the satisfaction of rising energy demand, securing at the same time the energy supply; provide a significant answer to the raising concerns and commitments on the environmental impact due to energy consumption. 
Collaboration agenda could focus on the promotion of technology best practice examples; exchange of knowhow and experts’ opinions on the development of customized strategies for the promotion of energy efficiency in both regions, engaging also public and private sector stakeholders; experiences regarding energy efficiency technologies customised to the specific needs (climate characteristics, load demand etc) of both regions.
Based on the above,  this workshop aims to demonstrate the experiences and knowhow from EU&GCC and to facilitate dialogue and exchange of ideas among the participating experts on the successful promotion of energy efficiency in a variety of thematic areas, such as policies, labels and standards, load management, efficient building technologies etc.
To capture the significant benefits associated with energy efficiency, integrated and sustainable national strategies that engage different stakeholders are required. National strategies should satisfy both short and long-term objectives. While short-term issues should focus on removing a set of policy and market barriers that inhibit the development of the energy efficiency market, long-term aspects should focus on ensuring the sustainability of energy-efficient practices in various sectors of the economy.
Key approaches could be categorized into two groups:
1) Policy measures and market initiatives to stimulate demand for and increasing the supply of energy-efficiency goods and services,
2) cross cutting activities that facilitate improving energy efficiency at the national levels including increasing awareness of energy efficiency of all stakeholders, and building capacity in key institutions (regulatory agencies, service providers, industry, financing institutions, research institutions, ..etc).
Energy Efficiency is all about consumer behavior and technologies in order to overcome price and non-price market limitations. Successful Energy efficiency labeling schemes offers a combination of information, awareness, and incentives to encourage consumers to adopt energy-efficiency technologies and producers to invest in technology innovation.