Sustainability consultancy Ecofys and the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on the development of an integrated renewable energy strategy. This is in line with the Emirate’s commitment to maintain the environment and initiate consistent researches and studies on the feasibility of the renewable energy.
Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), owned by the government of the Sharjah Emirate, is a financially and administratively independent entity, tasked with generating and distributing electricity, water and gas to the nationals and residents of the emirate. An element of the SEWA’s stated mission is to “devote great attention to the vital issues of our community, promote conservation of electricity and water and maintain our natural resources” under which they propose to “maintain the environment and initiate consistent researches and studies on the feasibility of the renewable energy.”
Dr. Rashed al Leem (Chairman SEWA) and Kees van der Leun (CCO of Ecofys)
At the recently held ‘Sharjah Energy Meet 2015’, a national conference that brought together regional stakeholders in the energy ecosystem, SWEA unveiled that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ecofys, a global consulting firm specialised in sustainability and renewable energy. According to the partners, Sharjah – which is the UAE’s third largest emirate – has abundant renewable energy resources and can play an important role in the future green power supply of the UAE. To capitalise on the potential, SEWA has launched a research and action programme to ultimately boost the share of renewable energy in its power mix, including sources like wind, solar and geothermal. Ecofys has been brought on board to support the design of the renewable energy strategy, and where applicable, provide project management support and functional expertise during the implementation phase.
Besides the signing of the business deal, Ecofys also provided a contribution to the conference, hosting a session titled ‘A global sustainable energy future- challenges and opportunities for Sharjah’.