It was calculated that about 30% of the predicted global increase in energy demand will come from the Arab region. Further, the primary energy demand has increased by around 56% between 2005 and 2015 and is still increasing. The high subsidies have led to a great overconsumption resulting with 40% worse than global average in some of the lowest energy efficiency levels worldwide.
The linkages between water and energy consumption are significant. To produce energy, water is needed and, likewise, the provision and treatment of water requires the consumption of energy, in particular of electricity (ca. 60%). Reports and analysis demonstrated that the water sector is becoming more energy-intensive, while the energy sector is increasing its water-intensity.
This webinar will discuss the specific and general challenges for cities looking to tackle the current issue set of energy transitions across the region, with a particular focus on solution-sourcing for implementation strategies and financing procurement. Concrete examples on creative solutions will be provided from both the Lebanese and Jordanian contexts, and participants will have the opportunity to discuss and delve into the possibility of adapting these strategies
Data centres are among the most complex and energy-demanding facilities in the world. Currently, the world's data centres consumed 3% of global electricity with a growth project to 20% by 2025. These power hungry data centres are now responsible for 2% of global CO2 emissions, a similar share of the entire aviation industry. This value potentially will escalate to 14% by 2040.
The presenters will provide their views on the ways to improve the investment climate for energy efficiency and to find policy solutions and incentive schemes to make energy efficiency projects viable. They will talk of the role of private sector and financial institutions in implementing energy efficiency measures and projects and what governments can do to facilitate this.