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 Affairs – 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
Dr. Aijan Sharshenova
Ms. Dalal Al Baharna
Dr. Ibrahim A. Gelil
Energy Efficiency Expert
Dr. Hanan Al Buflasah
Renewable Energy Expert
His Excellency Mr. Amin El Sharkawi
United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative
Over the past years the Kingdom of Bahrain has made a steady progress towards ensuring energy security and sustainable energy. The government is taking active and timely steps to enhance energy efficiency, diversify energy sources and promote renewable energy resources in the country.
These efforts are aligned with the spirit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals, to promote social progress, equity, sustained and inclusive economic growth, and environmental protection worldwide.
Since its inception as a joint initiative between UNDP and the Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs, the Sustainable Energy Unit has contributed to making progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
UNDP is proud to be promoting the efforts to implement the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP).
Moreover, UNDP will continue to support the Private Sector to bring best practices and technological innovation to Bahrain, to support the quest towards increased competitiveness, economic diversification and better jobs for Bahrain’s young and talented people.