Training on Energy Transition in Built Environment: Nuffic

The way we produce and consume energy will change dramatically in the coming decades. The transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources is in full swing Incorporating green energy sources (such as solar and wind energy) and related technologies has serious impacts on our living environment. Coordination and customisation are key to achieve a successful and supported energy transition. Witteveen+Bos advises on, designs and implements a (more) sustainable and reliable energy supply. When implementing energy projects, we are the connecting link between technology and the environment. In doing so, we examine the affordability, availability and reliability of these projects.

For the purpose of capacity building for the Omani Authority for Public Services Regulation and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, we delivered a training on the energy transition in the built environment, teaming up with The Hague Academy for Local Governance, Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session was attended by a diverse range of participants actively involved in Oman’s energy sector.

The session was conducted by Mohammed Al-Bouawad and Saleh Mohammadi from Witteveen+Bos and Oscar Alvarado from The Hague Academy. Topics covered included renewable energy solutions, energy efficiency, energy management in buildings, energy policy and regulatory frameworks, stakeholder management and participation, and change management with the goal of providing a holistic, global view of the energy sector. We were also privileged to welcome guest speakers from both Oman and the Netherlands, who shared their experiences and the lessons learned from multiple projects while drawing attention to the climate dialogue around energy targets and commitments.

The session facilitated an interactive exchange of ideas focusing on renewable energy technologies and developments in the energy transition in both Oman and the Netherlands. The session’s programme was successful in equipping decision-makers and other stakeholders with the knowledge and tools they need to realise energy-related targets and ambitions.

As an engineering firm committed to sustainable development, we are excited about the impact we can have through such initiatives. We look forward to more opportunities to support the region's transition towards a greener future.

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