The EU GCC Clean Energy Network II (CENII project)

In December 2015, the European Union launched the “EU GCC Clean Energy Network II” (CENII) project.
The project duration is three years.

The overall objective of the project is to enhance EU-GCC energy relations by developing new appropriate structures and instruments and by maintaining existing ones for practical cooperation activities of mutual interest in the area of clean energy. Hence, building on the achievements of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network since 2010, the project is necessary to further the cooperation opportunities in the energy sector.

The CENII will support the operation of the Network working groups aiming to examine opportunities and further cooperation in the areas of:

1) Renewable Energy Sources;
2) Energy Efficiency & Demand Side Management;
3) Clean Natural Gas & related Clean Technologies;
4) Electricity Interconnections & Market Integration;
5) Carbon Capture & Storage.

Climate change aspects will be considered across all 5 working groups.


Scope of Work 

The EU-GCC CEN II activities focus on:

  • Exchange of experiences and know-how as well as sharing of best practices;

  • Coordination and promotion of joint actions between the EU and GCC stakeholders;
  • Facilitation of joint research, demonstration and development, including through joint projects, of clean energy technologies in the GCC countries;
  • Provision of targeted inputs to the existing and possible future policy dialogues between the EU-GCC in the relevant sectors, and in particular on energy, climate change and environment;
  • The website which will promote discussion, dialogue and collaboration among EU and GCC stakeholders on technology, research and policy aspects of clean energy, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction.

Even if the dialogue is primarily established at a regional level, the Network will include exchanges at bilateral level in order to share best practices in a better and more efficient way and identify new fields of cooperation in the clean energy domain.

The Network’s operational directions are:

  • Working Groups Meetings
  • Workshops, Conferences 
  • Capacity Building & Training
  • Technical Site Visits
  • Facilitation of Exchange of Researchers
  • Studies, Technical Papers
  • Joint Research Publications
  • Facilitation and Development of Project Ideas,  and Project Proposals
  • Web portal operation providing among others information/resources on EU and GCC policies, energy technologies, standards etc as well as relevant cooperation and funding opportunities. 


The stakeholders from both regions participating in the Network include, inter alia, energy-related research entities, universities, administrations, utilities, industry, policy makers and relevant stakeholders from the energy and climate change sectors as appropriate.