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 Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza
Minister of Electricity and Water – Kingdom of Bahrain
The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain is committed to the sustainability of the country’s natural resources for future generations, as well as the protection of the environment. There is a considerable potential for undertaking energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives in Bahrain, which will extend the lifetime of oil and gas reserves, and enable long-term sustainable development.
SEU serves as a platform to consolidate existing efforts of public, private and international institutions in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Kingdom. SEU’s highly qualified team is committed to work closely with all our partners to provide support in deployment of low-carbon energy initiatives.
Bahrain has a great untapped potential in energy efficiency and is blessed with renewable energy resources. Our shared goal and responsibility to future generations is to use this blessing to benefit our people, our country and our planet.
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.