This report explores the prospects for renewables to diversify national economies and the combined GCC energy mix, while helping the region meet climate goals and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The potential for widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies in the Arab region is considerable.
This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, for both grid connected and off-grid systems. The outcome includes high resolution maps (1 km resolution) indicating suitable areas for solar and wind energy projects on land, taking account of resource intensity, distance to power grids,...
The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) could reap multiple benefits from scaling up renewable energy use, including reducing water withdrawal by 11 trillion litres (or 16%) and saving 400 billion barrels of oil in the power sector, creating 2000, direct jobs and reducing the region’s per capita carbon footprint 8% by 2030.
A Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) identifies the actions needed to overcome a country’s barriers to renewable energy deployment, with IRENA providing technical support and expertise to facilitate consultations among different national stakeholders.
The Pan-Arab Renewable Energy Strategy adopted in 2013 represents a consensus across the League of Arab States on pursuing a sustainable energy future. The strategy calls for large-scale development of the Arab region’s enormous renewable energy potential, including resources for renewable electricity generation, by the year 2030.