Keywords: Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, energy system techno-economics, clean energy networks, energy cooperation, EU, European Union, energy policy, EU-GCC cooperation
The challenge of an EU-GCC clean energy network
The enhancement of EU-GCC cooperation on energy issues could be significantly facilitated from the establishment and operation of an EU GGC clean energy network (EU-GCC CLEANERGY.NET). CLEANERGY.NET would have to act as a catalyst and a coordinator for EU-GCC energy cooperation on different levels: research, technology and industry, but also on the level of energy policy, through dissemination of information regarding EU policies and practices in fields such as renewable energy (RE), electricity interconnections, tariffs for electricity and gas, climate change, energy efficiency and DSM, etc. The smooth cooperation of EU and GCC key energy players is considered a necessity for the success of such a challenging undertake. In this respect, the aim of this paper is to provide recommendations for an applicable organisation of the CLEANERGY.NET that would be able to act as an important driver to foster EU-GCC cooperation.