New Bahrain push for renewable energy

Key officials in Bahrain met to discuss how renewable energy can be more widely used in the public sector as world leaders pored over the drastic implications of a new hard-hitting climate change report.

Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA) chairman Dr Abdulhussain Mirza met Ali Ahmed Zayed, member and second deputy chairman of Parliament, to discuss how renewable energy could be used to power public utilities and service facilities.

Mr Zayed commended efforts of the SEA in encouraging the use of renewables and environmentally-friendly power sources, which are amongst the ways that the country can do its part in the fight against climate change.

The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) has set a target of using renewable energy to produce five per cent of Bahrain’s power by early 2025 – increasing to 10pc by 2035.

Significant recent achievements in the field in Bahrain include:

  • Energy efficiency ratings for commercial and residential buildings, based on actual consumption
  • Replacement of 70,000 street lights and 400,000 bulbs with LED bulb systems.
  • Two solar panel factories by SolarOne in the kingdom with the most recent one, valued at BD4 million and a target output of 80,000 solar panels per year.
  • Solar panels have been installed at a number of sites, including schools, homes and Bahrain International Circuit.
  • A ban on production, import and sale of plastic water bottles that are less than 200ml, effective from 2022.
  • A ban on the use of single-use plastic bags and a two-stage plan to roll out regulations requiring the use of biodegradable plastic bags, table covers and other plastic products, to counter plastic pollution in the kingdom.




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