Energy talks to focus on resources

  • 2 November 2007

The 13th annual energy conference being organised by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) will focus on the theme ‘Future Gulf Energy Sources — Hydrocarbon, Nuclear or Renewable?’

The conference, under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the ECSSR, will be held from November 19–21.

According to Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director-General of ECSSR, policy-makers, analysts and researchers from different parts of the world would discuss the topical issue of energy sources.

It comes at a time when the Gulf countries are facing increasing demand for energy and electricity because of rapid industrialisation, economic development and population growth.

At the same time, the international community is becoming more aware of the dangers of excessive and inefficient energy use.

Industrial, commercial and domestic energy use per capita in the GCC is among the highest in the world. In the UAE alone, it is eleven times the world average, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi said. This increasing demand will put greater pressure on Gulf governments to provide energy.

ECSSR has invited a group of experts, executives, academics and analysts of various nationalities and professional expertise to participate in the conference, who will discuss issues such as: An overview of the expected future energy demands of the GCC countries; the importance of reducing future energy requirements; management of the region’s oil and gas resources in order to ensure maximum benefit; nuclear energy as an alternative to hydrocarbons in generating power; and development of alternative energy in GCC states.

The conference will be open to the public, free of charge. Those interested in attending must register in advance.