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About

The Sustainable Energy Unit

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.

The Team

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

Project Coordinator

Mr. Yazan Samara

Energy Finance Expert

Ms. Dalal Al Baharna

Administrative Assistant

Dr. Ibrahim A. Gelil

Energy Efficiency Expert

Dr. Hanan Al Buflasah

Renewable Energy Expert

Partners

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.

Governance structure

History

Timeline

2018
June

Launch of the second training course for Solar PV installers in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Launch of the second training course for Solar PV installers in the Kingdom of Bahrain

April

Launch of the first Wind Atlas for the Kingdom of Bahrain

Launch of the first Wind Atlas for the Kingdom of Bahrain

February

Launch of the first workshop on financing solar PV plants for the banking sector

Launch of the first workshop on financing solar PV plants for the banking sector

January

Launch of the first training course for Solar PV installers in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Launch of the first training course for Solar PV installers in the Kingdom of Bahrain

2017
December

Fifth meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

Fifth meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

December

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the Net Metering Resolution

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the Net Metering Resolution

September

Forth meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

Forth meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

September

Land allocation for Bahrain’s first utility-scale Solar Farm (100 MW)

Land allocation for Bahrain’s first utility-scale Solar Farm (100 MW)

June

Third meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

Third meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

April

Second meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

Second meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

February

First meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

First meeting of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee

January

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the inclusion of the Sustainable Energy Unit in the national priority framework

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the inclusion of the Sustainable Energy Unit in the national priority framework

January

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the Initiation of “Net-Metering” policy

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the Initiation of “Net-Metering” policy

January

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the National Renewable Energy Target: 5% by 2025 and 10% by 2035

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the National Renewable Energy Target: 5% by 2025 and 10% by 2035

January

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the National Energy Efficiency Target: 6% by 2025

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the National Energy Efficiency Target: 6% by 2025

January

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the formation of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee for the National Action Plans on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, chaired by H.E. Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the formation of the National Implementation Follow Up Committee for the National Action Plans on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, chaired by H.E. Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs

January

Participation in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Participation in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

2016
December

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP)

Cabinet resolution on the endorsement of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP)

2014
November

The establishment of the Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU)

The establishment of the Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU)

Legend