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Webinar examines EU-Kuwait cooperation in clean energy sector

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An online event organised Wednesday has highlighted the growing cooperation between the European Union and Kuwait in clean energy technologies.
“We strongly support concrete exchange and cooperation initiatives with Kuwait stake holders in the field of renewable and clean energy,” Irina Gusacenko, Political Officer, European Union Delegation to the State of Kuwait, told the webinar.
“We are delighted that renewable energy is an important element of Kuwait vision 2035. In the past years we see an increasing number of leading EU companies and SMEs engaged in important renewable energy projects in Kuwait and the region,” she said in her opening remarks.
The Online Event titled ‘Successful Implementation of Renewable Energies Projects in Kuwait, GCC and the EU’ was organised by the European Union Delegation to State of Kuwait, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) inn Kuwait with the support of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC).
The EU diplomat said that to support cooperation with Kuwait and GCC in Clean Energy the EU mobilizes flexible mechanisms and the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, being one of the strongest.
She noted that the network was created in 2010 by the EU and has implemented important activities in Kuwait with authorities and researchers.
“Cooperation of experience and know how is important for the EU as it aims at achieving mutual sustainability and energy transition goals,” she stressed.
Gusacenko said that the whole area is blessed with substantial solar and wind energy sources that can be harnessed and developed.
Todayآ’s webinar aims to exchange best practices, information and lessons learnt to scale up renewable energy integration, she said.
“Kuwait is a natural partner of the EU as we both strive for peace and stability in the region through diplomatic means and mediation. We both have strong humanitarian and diplomatic focus in our external relations,” she stressed.
“The EU is building strong relations with Kuwait since 2016 when the EU and Kuwait signed a cooperation arrangement which was the first of its kind among the Gulf countries,” she noted.
“This is the basis for developing Kuwait-EU relations in various areas, including industry, energy and research,” she said.
On his part, Dr. Mohammad Alhayan The Dean of College of Technological Studies, PAAET, in Kuwait told the online event that one of the most important aspects is to have an educational programme and research centres that deal with this field.
He said the college has established the first renewable programme technical which will provide the labour market with high qualified renewable energy technicians.
Moreover the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training is currently working on establishing a research centre that includes renewable energy units, he said.
On his part, Frank Wouters, Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network said that for more than ten years we are trying to understand what the communalities are between Europe and the Gulf.
“The Gulf states do very, very well,” he said an explained that this is due to the low cost for renewable energy projects in the GCC and noted the unit cost is lower than anywhere.
Regarding the clean energy technology we look at Europe as it has more experience in large scale energy projects. We like to learn from each other and that is what we are looking forward to hearing today, added Wouters.
High-level experts from the EU, Kuwait and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will be exchanging views on relevant best practices, information, and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives to scale up renewables energies integration.
The webinar will also discuss the challenges facing the area and what countries can do to tackle these challenges to ensure a smooth and sustainable energy transition.

 

 

Source: Kuwait News Agency

 

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