The year after Fukushima: Chances and Challenges for sustainable energy policies in the MENA-Region

May 14, 2012 in Panels by admin

The finite nature of oil and gas, increasing domestic demands and diminishing export revenues are forcing policy-makers in these natural resource rich countries of the MENA region to look for alternatives. Even though the region has, by worldwide comparison, a high potential to develop renewable energies, they are, at present, poorly (or marginally) developed. Nuclear energy programmes are being debated in many MENA-countries, but this choice remains problematic both for security and ecological reasons.

Which political options exist? How is the discrepancy between the potential and the accomplished performance explainable? Will the Arab Spring raise the chances for an “energy revolution” in the Middle East? From a socio-economic and security perspective, the panel will address the possibilities offered by establishing sustainable energy policies.

Organisatorin: Dr. Beyhan Sentürk, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin

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