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Hertog, S. and Luciani, G. (2009) Energy and Sustainable Policies in the GCC. London School of Economics, London.

has been cited by the following article:

  • TITLE: Shifting to Renewable Energy to Mitigate Carbon Emissions: Initiatives by the States of Gulf Cooperation Council

    AUTHORS: Hilal Al Shidi, Hameed Sulaiman, Patrick Amoatey

    KEYWORDS: Renewable Energy, Climate Change, GCC States

    JOURNAL NAME: Low Carbon Economy, Vol.7 No.3, August 10, 2016

    ABSTRACT: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries approximately have 40% of world’s proven oil reserves and 21.7% of world’s known gas reserves. Low energy costs compiled with low taxation make it lucrative to foreign energy-intensive companies to operate in the region. Energy consumption in GCC has increased by 74% in the period between 2000 and 2010 and it is projected to increase by approximately 10% to 15% between 2010 and 2020. Embracing the general commitment by GCC states to reduce greenhouse gas emission (GHG) of United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has started the process of environmental awakening in the GCC countries due to its high vulnerability to the effects of climate change. This paper reviews the trends in shift to renewable energy with reference to GCC and also the co-benefits of investing in renewable energy. Solar plant and Building-Integrated Photo-Voltaic (BIPV) systems are the most invested projects. However in the long run, policies and strategies are needed to ensure the successful and larger implementation of mitigation objectives.