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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 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

Project Coordinator

Mr. Yazan Samara

Energy Finance Expert

Dr. Aijan Sharshenova

Communications Officer

Ms. Dalal Al Baharna

Administrative Assistant

Dr. Ibrahim A. Gelil

Energy Efficiency Expert

Dr. Hanan Al Buflasah

Renewable Energy Expert

Partners

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.

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