Organizing Sustainable Energy Forum: Renewable Energy Policies and Strategies and Energy Efficiency
On Tuesday, December 14, 2022, An-Najah National University in cooperation with the University’s Energy Research Center and the Palestinian Solar and Sustainable Energy Society, organized the Sustainable Energy Forum: Renewable Energy Policies and Strategies and Energy Efficiency under the patronage of the Environment Quality Authority and the Energy and Natural Resources Authority.
The event was attended by Dr. Aysir Yassin, Director of the Energy Research Center at the University, and Eng. Anwar Hilal, President of the Palestinian Solar and Sustainable Energy Society, Eng. Basil Yassin, Director General of The Palestinian Energy and Environment Research Centre, Eng. Abdel Nasser Dweikat, President of the Association of Energy Engineers in Plaestine, and Dr. Jamil Al-Mator, Head of the Environment Quality Authority, a number of the University’s academic and administrative staff, and representatives of institutions working in the field of energy.
The forum covered several topics including barriers and opportunities of the investment in renewable energy in Palestine, the importance of enacting policies to promote renewable energy in Palestine, the importance of renewable energy in reducing carbon emissions, and the role of Energy Authority as a licensing and regulatory authority in regulating and promoting operation of the electricity and gas markets, emission reductions, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.
The event also included discussions about the barriers of renewable energy in Palestine, the importance of raising awareness on energy efficiency, and the importance of raising people’s environmental awareness and its relation with the sustainable development goals.
The forum resulted in several recommendations including boosting renewable energy investment in Palestine, developing a comprehensive national plan to identify the most appropriate areas and locations for renewable energy projects, supporting the electrical infrastructure of rural and remote communities, providing financing for renewable energy projects, and promoting the use of solid waste as a source of electric power.