Middle East and Africa Poised To Go Green

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GCC Environment Forum

Although renewable energy deployment in Saudi Arabia has seen slow progress over the past few years, the current need and urgency to invest in renewables has become apparent. Domestic consumption in Saudi Arabia is increasing at alarming rates. National consumption is forecast to double in a decade. The December 2011 report by Chatham House concludes “that Saudi Arabia must develop an energy policy based on achieving a long-term sustainable consumption pattern in line with its transition to a less oil-dependent (and, eventually, post-oil) economy.”

This growing need for alternative energy sources is evident. The New Energy Outlook 2015 Report by Bloomberg states that “In the Middle East & Africa, some 38% of new capacity will be fossil-fuelled as countries seek to exploit their substantial reserves. But we also expect 160GW of solar PV as many of these nations exploit their world class solar potential.” This clearly suggests the utilization of alternative energy sources with a focus on solar energy. Recent developments indicate the region plans to develop the solar sector, taking advantage of the abundance of sunlight this region receives.

The GCC Environment Forum (GEF) remains Saudi Arabia’s flagship environmental event. Over the years the event has grown and gained recognition as the longest running environmental event in the Kingdom, covering topics including waste management, renewable energy and energy efficiency, water, and wastewater. The 6th edition of the GCC Environmental and Sustainable Development Forum will take place from the 18th to the 20th of March 2016 at Jeddah Hilton, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Forum will be held under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and under the initiative of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME).

GEF 2016 will examine the Saudi Arabian green market demonstrating commitment to Saudi Arabia’s sustainable and green development. The credibility of this event has been recognized and approved by the King’s Patronage demonstrating the importance of this event within the Kingdom and the positive effect it will have on future developments of the global sustainable energy market.

GEF 2016 will consist of an international exhibition with attendees from both public and private sector environmental investors and specialists, alongside a prestigious conference capitalizing on the lucrative environmental landscape. The overall event will unite some of the world’s most powerful executives and expert speakers in the environmental industry. The event provides the perfect opportunity to meet with key influential government officials in charge of environmental projects to discuss upcoming legislation, project opportunities, and technological breakthroughs with the sector in order to achieve sustainable development.

Forum organizer, BME Global, is an international events company with extensive experience in operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Headquartered in London, with a branch in Cairo, BME Global covers key industries such as petrochemicals, water, power, environment, security, and construction.

The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) was created in 2001, coinciding with the appointment of H.R.H Prince Turki bin Nassar bun Abualaziz as president. The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment is the government body in charge of all environment related issues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. PME issues, revokes, or renews the licenses as and when necessary for any company operating an environmental business in Saudi Arabia.

Those interested in learning more about the GCC Environment Forum are welcome to contact David Stanely at david@bme-global.com.

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