Governments in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain are all facing challenges related to escalating domestic fuel consumption. These include reduced export capacity, energy security concerns, rising subsidy bills, and increasing pollution.
They also share some important climatic, cultural, and market conditions as well as being linked by a common economic and political union. The GCC Energy Intensity Project, which began in late 2011, aimed to identify practical targets to reduce energy intensity in the GCC countries and a framework for policy-making to incentivize efficiency.
The project’s major sponsor was the UK Foreign and Commonwealth’s Gulf Prosperity Fund, with further contributions and support coming from the local partners mentioned below.
Working with regional partners, the project mapped on-going strategies and initiatives and collected country data to plot where and how much oil and gas could be saved.
Using data-based energy intensity measurements, the project’s series of workshops evaluated and enhanced on-going efficiency research, promoting commitment to high-level targets to reduce energy intensity. Research and recommendations drew on the experiences of utilities, policymakers, industry experts, and academics.
Final project outputs produced recommendations for setting targets appropriate to conditions in the GCC, experience-based ideas on overcoming governance challenges – a major issue for stakeholders – and a report on the potential for GCC-level coordination to support more effective implementation of national strategies.
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