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12:00 – 13:30 Global Challenge of Climate Change: Making the Paris Agreement Work
12:00 – 12:30 Key Note Presentation

The Paris Climate Agreement, which has set a clear long-term temperature goal to limit warming to 2°C and ideally 1.5°C, is already in force. This presentation will outline the key mechanisms of the Paris Agreement, how close we are to meeting its goals.

Speaker: Luis Davila, Head of Partnerships, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

12:30 – 12:50 Overview of REDD+ and Its Role in the Paris Agreement

Introduction to REDD+, how the mechanism works and why it is part of the Paris Agreement, mitigating climate change impacts, and creating employment and meeting the sustainable development goals.

Speaker: Marc Baker, Director, Carbon Tanzania

12:50 – 13:30 Panel Discussion: What Role Does the MENA Region Have in Implementing the Paris Agreement?

Meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement will require unprecedented levels of action across the region.

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14:00 – 15:00 Tackling Climate Change: An EU Success Story

How Hydrogen Enables the Energy Transition: a European Perspective.

Speaker: Frank Wouters, Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Network

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15:30 – 17:30 The Importance of Energy Efficiency to Meet the Goals of the Paris Agreement
15:30 – 15:50 Key Note Presentation

Overview of the important role of energy efficiency in meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Recent reports highlight that about 50% of global greenhouse gas reductions can be delivered through energy efficiency. This presentation will highlight recent findings from reports such as ‘Perspectives for the Energy Transition’ by IEA and IRENA and highlight types of energy efficiency mechanisms that lead to the greatest benefits for climate change, the economy and other issues.

Speaker: Eva Ramos Perez Torreblanca, Director – Environmental Analysis and Economics, Integrated Environment Policy & Planning, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

15:50 – 16:50 Panel Discussion: How to Unleash the Potential of Energy Efficiency

This session will explore and outline the types of mechanisms needed to unleash the potential for energy efficiency. What role do building energy efficiency standards and rating systems have? What about subsidy reform and appliance standards? How do we best finance energy efficiency? How does energy efficiency impact the uptake of more renewable energy?

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16:50 – 17:00 Audience Q&A
17:00 – 17:30 International Case Study – Global Best Practices in Energy Efficiency Programmes

Realising Improved Industrial Energy Efficiency through Implementation of ISO 50001

Speaker: Ridah Sabouni, Managing Director MENA, Energetics Incorporated

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10:30 – 10:50 Overview of Regulatory Frameworks and Policies Necessary to Drive the Uptake of Renewables in the MENA Region

Current policies across the MENA region and their expected environmental and economic savings, socio-economic impact on the region such as job creation in the renewable energy sector, improvement in energy access, women empowerment, SDGs, etc. Potential policy solutions for the region to increase the renewable energy potential.

Speaker: Dr. Mustapha Taoumi, Clean Energy Technology Expert, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

10:50 – 11:50 Panel Discussion – Current Challenges to Increasing Uptake in the Region and Solutions

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11:50 – 12:00 Audience Q&A
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12:30 – 13:15 Shams Dubai – Best Practices for NOC, Design Approval Applications, Inspection and Performance Testing

Speakers: Armando Dominioni, Senior Manager – Regulation, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Noura Ahmed Al Naqbi, Manager – Regulation, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

13:15 – 13:30 Audience Q&A
13:30 – 14:00 Shams Dubai – Understanding the Solar Connection Process, Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Speaker: Balamurugan Dakshinamurthy, Specialist – Solar Distribution Power, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

14:00 – 14:30 DEWA Standards for Distributed Renewable Resources Generators (DRRG) for Shams Dubai

Speaker: Dr. Ammar M. Munir, Specialist – Solar Power & Water Planning – VP Distribution Planning, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

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15:00 – 16:30 Cost of Finance: Residential, Commercial, Industry and Utility Scale Solar

Sustainable Financing
Green bonds and Sukuk
Phasing out fuel subsidies
Carbon Tax

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(runs 15:00 – 16:30)

16:30 – 17:30 Utility Scale CSP 101 and Thermal Energy Storage Applications
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10:30 – 11:30 Role of Cities in Mitigating Climate Change

How solar can contribute to energy sustainability in the city.

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11:30 – 12:00 Case Study: Achieving Net Zero Development: Challenges and Opportunities from The Sustainable City

Speaker: Karim El-Jisr, Executive Director, SEE NEXUS Institute

12:00 – 12:30 Dubai Green Building Evaluation System: Updates to Dubai Municipality’s al Sa’fat Programme

Overview of Dubai’s initiatives for sustainability.
Dubai’s construction progress and the challenges in meeting increased demand on power and water.
Latest update on the al green building projects.
Overview of the implementation mechanism of the al Sa’faat.
Outline of the requirements for assessment and certification of green buildings.
Moving forward: Dubai’s roadmap toward sustainability.

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12:30 – 13:00 Case Study: The Indian Growth Story – Rooftop Solar Solutions with Energy Storage Applications

Speaker: Kuldeep Jain, Founder and Managing Director, CleanMax Solar

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13:30 – 15:30 Electric Vehicle Grid Integration – How to power EVs from renewables and Electricity Storage
13:30 – 13:50 Overview of DEWA’s Smart Grid Electric Vehicle Program

Speaker: Majid Al Hazami, Acting Director – Smart Grid PMO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

13:50 – 14:10 Electric Vehicle Charging

Speaker: Peter van Praet, Chief Commercial Officer, EV Box

14:10 – 15:10 Panel Discussion: How to power EVs from renewables, and electricity storage and plug-in vehicles.

This session will explore topics such as:

  • Are we at a decisive point in the switch to clean energy vehicles? Status of change in the world, technology perspectives (cars, batteries, charging infrastructures), perspectives in the UAE and GCC.
  • How to accelerate the change to a new paradigm with clean energy vehicles: do governments and public entities have a leading role to play? as buyers of fleet, as regulators, in setting up global energy policy, in putting in place incentives etc
  • How to change the mindset of the consumer
  • How to integrate EV in the overall energy system and how to guarantee the clean source of the energy powering the vehicles? e.g. discussion on grid integration and stability issues, on green certificates

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15:10 – 15:30 Audience Q&A

(runs 13:30 – 15:30)

15:30 – 17:00 Workshop: Solar PV 101 – Thin Film Technology and Road Map

Fundamentals of thin film Solar PV. What are the differences between regular solar panels and thin film?
Configuration of solar PV power plants.
Predicting the output and generation of solar power plants.
Thin film technology efficiency roadmap, Series 6.
O&M for thin film solar technology versus normal modules.

Speaker: Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Vice President Business Development MENA, First Solar

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