Saudi Arabia and EU experts to discuss cooperation on energy efficiency in Jeddah

HVAC RVisitors at a seminar at HVACR Expo Saudi 2017. (Image source: dmg events)A European Union (EU)-Saudi Arabia energy efficiency meeting will take place on the first day of HVACR Expo Saudi, which will be held from 14-16 January 2018, in Jeddah

The meeting is expected to address collaboration opportunities between Saudi Arabia and the EU on HVAC standards, certification and labelling.

Bringing together Saudi and European experts and decision makers, the high-level meeting is expected to play a fundamental role in helping preserve the Kingdom’s wealth of energy resources and strengthen the national economy complementing the Saudi national energy efficiency programme. It will be attended by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO) and other Saudi entities.

Confirming the participation of SASO to the EU-Saudi Arabia energy efficiency meeting, Abdullah Al-Gahtani, vice-governor of the standards and laboratories of SASO, commented that the initiative is set to contribute in elevating the standards and the quality of HVACR products in the country, finally strengthening the competitiveness of the national economy going along with the Saudi national energy efficiency programme.

Speaking about the impact of energy in driving Saudi Arabia’s economy, Michele Cervone D’urso, ambassador of the EU to Saudi Arabia, said, “Energy has been and still is the major pillar of Saudi Arabia’s economy. The EU, which has recently set out a new 30 per cent energy efficiency target by 2030, is glad to share know-how and collaborate with the kingdom on such a strategic subject matter to support economic development in Saudi Arabia and foster a more sustainable future.”

According to Frank Wouters, director of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, the meeting will provide an opportunity to meet stakeholders and discuss cooperation on energy efficiency matters in the HVACR sector.

“It is our mission to foster clean energy partnerships between EU and GCC entities, and the meeting will facilitate the dialogue on energy efficiency,” Wouters added.

Organised in partnership with dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa and Eurovent ME, HVACR Expo Saudi is the kingdom’s one of the largest dedicated indoor climate and refrigeration events.

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