The Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) was established in November 2014 as a joint initiative between the Office of the Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The key objectives of the Unit are to develop a cohesive and sustainable energy policy and to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Unit also works towards bridging the legal, institutional, and capacity gaps to ensure the Bahrain energy sector is capable to meet the future challenges.
SEU is the entity mandated to lead and promote energy efficiency practices, transfer and diffuse renewable energy technologies, and draft related policies and regulatory frameworks in close coordination with stakeholders and partners in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Since its establishment SEU developed two key policy documents for Bahrain: the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP). These plans were endorsed by the Cabinet and are currently in the implementation phase.
His Excellency Eng. Wael Nasser Al Mubarak
Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs– Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain has adopted two national action plans to ensure the sustainability of the country’s natural resources for future generations, as well as the protection of the environment. Through the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) developed by the Sustainable Energy Centre – The lifetime of oil and gas reserves, will be prolonged and this will promote long-term sustainable development.
The SEC has been mandated and given the support of the leadership to coordinate efforts of public, private and international institutions in the Kingdom in regards to promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Kingdom. The SEC’s team of highly qualified industry experts and policy advisors with all our supportive stakeholders work diligently to implement the initiatives and policies to ensure we meet our national targets, regional and international commitments.
Our beloved Kingdom has been blessed with ample resources to develop quickly, it is now our responsibility to ensure we promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy to ensure future generations are able to benefit from these blessings as past generations have done.
Mr. Alexander Al Samahiji
Acting Executive Director
Dr. Khalid Burashid
Senior Technical Advisor
Mr. Rami Osman
Energy Efficiency Specialist
Mr. Paranthaman Munusamy
Solar Energy Engineer
Mr. Nar Khatiwora
Renewable Energy Specialist
Ms. Shereen Hussain
Renewable Energy Researcher
Mrs. Latifa Khalifa
Mr. Yazan Samara
Energy Finance Expert
Ms. Dalal Al Baharna
Dr. Ibrahim A. Gelil
Energy Efficiency Expert
Dr. Hanan Al Buflasah
Renewable Energy Expert
Mr. Stefano Pettinato
Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme
Promoting energy efficiency, diversifying energy sources, and establishing a supportive regulatory framework for the transition towards renewable energy. These and more developments are allowing the Kingdom of Bahrain to make steadfast progress towards ensuring energy security and sustainability.
Such efforts are aligned with Bahrain’s commitment to the tenets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 7, “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”
The United Nations Development Programme in Bahrain has had the privilege to support the Minister of Electricity and Water in establishing the Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU). The Unit has contributed to the advancement of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Bahrain by supporting the design and launch of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP). Since the adoption of these plans by the Cabinet, we are committed to continue supporting the SEU to promote their implementation.