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Clean energy issues in the GCC countries: A need for a interdisciplinary graduate and research programs
Paper Proposal Text :
The resources of oil and natural gas are sufficient to provide power to the Gulf’s growing populations throughout the 21st century. However, the continued use of fossil energy carries with it environmental and social consequences that threaten the prosperity of The Gulf countries.

What are the crucial elements in a graduate program of clean energy education in Gulf countries, and what are the best practices that such a program should adopt especially to towards the principle of urban sustainability in the major cities of the Gulf countries? These questions are in the heart of our presentation

The suggested program is intended to help decision-makers in their choice and would provide the most added-value to the progress of Gulf region, either through more efficient use of existing resources or through highly targeted new issues. For example, it is already evident that a network will allow each to offer a much wider scope and quality of programs in interdisciplinary energy science.

Comprehensive programs in clean energy education are needed to guide cities and countries towards a future in which our system of energy sources, distribution and use is resilient and reduces the risks associated with climate change in the various cities of the Gulf countries.

A systemic approach is featured because real solutions involve the deeply intertwined issues of energy management, demand and utilization, land use, economics and business, policy and regulation, environmental impact, safety and security.

The transition to clean energy calls for the development of a inter cities strategy for energy education designed to keep citizens informed about energy sources, uses and choices. An energy-educated citizenry does not mean every person is an energy expert. Rather, it refers to an informed public that is capable of connecting public or private energy actions to the environmental, social and economic consequences. Job creation at the local level is also a goal: energy education will prepare those in the workforce to innovate, manufacture, install and operate clean energy systems.

This program will treat also the current energy crisis due to the accelerated demand for fossil fuels by developing countries, notably India and China, and the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. The extraordinary problems posed by fossil fuel use call for a response to make a long-term commitment to a transition to clean energy.

The myriad issues and problems of energy completely span the subjects of teaching and research at universities and provide important opportunities to create multidisciplinary curricula and research environments. The idea of this program is to initiate a dialogue on this critically important topic.

Excellent programs in various aspects of energy exist at many schools in the various Gulf countries. The next step, therefore, is to design and launch ambitious, fully comprehensive educational programs that reach beyond the traditional boundaries of institutions and are commensurate with the challenge of the clean energy transition on a larger scale.