Crown Prince opens regional energy meet

Dialogue focuses on climate change, renewable energy and electricity linkage

HRH Crown Prince Hussein attends the MENA Europe Future Energy Dialogue, held at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center at the Dead Sea, on June 8, 2022. (Photos: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — HRH Crown Prince Hussein, on behalf of His Majesty King Abdullah, patronized Wednesday the opening of the regional conference for the future energy dialogue for the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center, local media outlets reported.اضافة اعلان

The conference adopted the “Dead Sea Declaration”, which aims to lay the foundation for further initiatives to develop renewable energy sources and infrastructure for the production and trade of green hydrogen.

The conference, which brings together more than 700 professionals from 40 countries, is the first dialogue on future energy between the Middle East and North Africa.

The conference is organized by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and in cooperation with the German government.

Energy Minister Saleh Al-Kharabsheh said at the opening of the conference that “the conference aims to deepen cooperation in the field of energy between the countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, and it comes at a time when the world is facing a rise in prices and a shortage in supplies.”

He added that the government aims to transition to a low-carbon and environmentally friendly economy, noting that “13 percent of the world’s population lacks electricity, and 3 billion people depend on coal and wood as a source of energy.”

At the opening of the conference, German Minister of Economy and Climate Protection Robert Habeck stressed the importance of this dialogue after the high rises in energy prices and the need to switch to a new system.

He added that the conference is held under a policy of good neighborliness and history, and its importance stems from challenges represented in facing the challenges of climate change, famine, wars, and inflation.

Habeck pointed out that there is unlimited potential in the use and exploitation of clean energy, calling for benefiting from renewable energy (from the sun and wind) and sources of gas and oil in the MENA region.

The Energy Ministry said, in a press statement, that the conference will continue on Wednesday and Thursday.

Representatives from the highest levels of government, industry, academia and civil society are set to share experiences and ideas on reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supplies during the MENA-Europe Future Energy Dialogue.

The conference aims to deepen energy through the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions, opening of new geopolitical opportunities in sustainable energy trade and diversification of sources of supply.

The conference is expected to provide opportunities for bilateral meetings between governments and between the business sector and governments, in addition to parallel activities and events.

The joint declaration focuses on climate protection in the MENA region, road maps for regional and continental linkage of energy markets, and agreement on specific bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects.

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