RCREEE co-organizes 8th and 9th edition of Arab Energy Efficiency Day | RCREEE
May 23 2021
The Secretariat of the Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity (Energy Management – League of Arab States), in cooperation with the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency organizeD the eighth and ninth editions of the “Arab Energy Efficiency Day” on Sunday (May 23, 2021).
The Arab Energy Efficiency Day is one of the most important Arab celebrations in the energy field. The day sheds light on energy efficiency measures as one of the best means to save energy and reduce the investments needed to secure economic and social development needed and help Arab countries reduce its dependence on energy imports, for energy importing countries, or increase exports for energy exporting countries
Accordingly, The Arab Ministerial council for Electricity in its 9th summit, held at the headquarters of the Secretariat on December 22, 2011, issued a decree No. 147, which declared the 21 May of every year to be the Arab Energy Efficiency Day.
The eighth and ninth edition began with an opening statement from Head of Energy Management at the League of Arab States, Mrs. Jamila Matar. Ms. Mattar welcomed the attendees and thanked the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) for its cooperation with the Energy Department in organizing the activities of the Arab Energy Efficiency Day-2021.
During his statement, Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Economic Affairs Sector – the League of Arab States, Ambassador Kamal Hassan Ali referred to the severe disparities around the world, including the Arab world, caused by the Corona pandemic in terms of access to modern and sustainable energy services at reasonable prices. Electricity has been a main pillar of responding to public health emergencies in many countries. But millions of citizens in the Arab world still lack the basic capabilities to obtain them, which has led to a doubling of international public financial flows to developing countries to support clean and renewable energy since 2010 to reach $ 21.4 billion in 2017 and these flows hide large disparities, as only 12% Of the flows in 2017 reached those countries most in need.
Additionaly, Arab EE Day 2021 dedicated a session to celebrat the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Arab Energy Efficiency Day competition. “Ta’akad” application for the quality mark, degradable plastic products and energy efficiency labels for electrical products (air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, heaters and dryers), tires, vehicles, lighting and water consumption rationalization was chosen as the winner of 2020 comeptition. The application was launched by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization as was chosen as the ” Best innovative project utilizing technologies to serve energy efficiency”.
Besides, Arab EE Day 2021 competition for “Banking sectopr best financing mechanisms to support the private sector in energy efficiency during Covid 19 pandemic” was awarded to the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center for its project “Equivalent High Efficiency Air Conditioning Units” and “Sunref Project” submitted by the State of Palestine.”
RCREEE Acting Executive Director, Dr. Maged K. Mahmoud, congratulated the winners in his closing remark stressing upon the importance of energy efficiency measures to accelerate the transition towards sustainable energy sources and create more job opportunities in the energy field.
Notably, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) has been one of the organizers of the Arab Energy Efficiency Day since its first session in 2013.
For more about the Arab Energy Efficiency Day, please visit www.arabeeday.net