Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Energy (Derasat), Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Sustainable Energy Centre (SEC) and Derasat to promote renewable energy initiatives and projects in Bahrain, which represent an important contribution to support the economy and protect the environment.
The MoU provides for the exchange of information and expertise, the establishment of joint projects in the fields of research, training and awareness, and conducting surveys, besides preparation of educational publications and specialised studies, which contribute to the interest in sustainable energy.
It also entails organising seminars, workshops and training courses in this area.
Dr. Mirza thanked and appreciated the Bahrain Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Energy for the efforts and cooperation in achieving the desired national goals to promote the use of clean energy and raise energy efficiency.
The minister also thanked and appreciated the wise leadership and the government for their continuous guidance and keen interest in encouraging the use of clean energy for comprehensive sustainable development.
“We have made clear the options for switching to clean energy, working towards increasing energy efficiency and rationalising consumption as the best solution towards promoting sustainable and inclusive development in all economic, social and environmental aspects,” he said.
“We will collaborate with one of the most prestigious research institutions in the Middle East and around the world, and benefit from its advanced expertise in the field of capacity building, on the efficiency of the use of sustainable energy sources, and the qualification of human resources, and conduct qualitative research and opinion polls, according to the highest quality standards.”
Dr. Mirza said the MoU is important because it promotes sustainable energy as essential at all levels. “In economic terms, it conserves natural resources and, on the other hand, is clean energy from available and renewable sources,” he said.
Dr. Shaikh Abdullah expressed his happiness in cooperation with the Electricity and Water Affairs Ministry as a leading national institution, to support the work and objectives of the Centre, in the context of the Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.
He said environmentally friendly sustainable energy has become one of the most important future directions adopted by Bahrain, reviewing the Royal Decree 22/ 2019, on the establishment of the Sustainable Energy Centre (SEC), and the role of Derasat in this.
He said the framework looks at the promotion of sustainable energy initiatives and projects, capacity-building and training, and the development and dissemination of awareness and education programmes in the use of conservation and sustainable energy sources, as well as the organisation of exhibitions and conferences, and preparation of training courses.
He said the centre is keen to promote research and studies related to sustainable and clean energy, and at the top of its prioritiesenergy issues, from its various dimensions, insurance, sustainability and efficiency, and seeks permanent ways to produce innovative and sophisticated ideas with regard to renewable energy, energy security and efficiency.
He said Bahrain, under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, attaches great importance to achieving national goals with regard to sustainable development and renewable energy, encouraging investment and partnerships, and raising the efficiency of resources.
“We have a legitimate aspiration to be one of the world's leading centres for renewable and sustainable energy,” he added.