Diverse but Thriving – Energy Transition in the MENA Region

The smarter E Podcast Episode 123 | January 26, 2023 | Language: English

The arrival of COP27 and COP28 to the Middle East makes the MENA region the focus of international efforts to implement energy transition as part of the shift to a net zero carbon global economy. The example of the Middle East sets a guiding light for others, because if the world’s most important region for traditional energy production can get the transition right, it means everyone can. But what are the current developments in the field of renewable energies? What about grid integration? And what role can energy partnerships play between Europe and the MENA region? We find out in this episode.


  • 01.32: MENA Solar Outlook: In Europe, we are seeing a new solar boom. What is the situation in the MENA region?
  • 05.17: Utility Scale Solar & Storage and Grid Integration – how can solar and storage add the most value?
  • 09.05: Energy partnerships: What role can the Middle East and North Africa play in supplying Germany and Europe?
  • 16.00: With climate change looming large, scientists have been warning that the Middle East is warming at twice the global average. Which countries in the region accelerating their net-zero initiatives to mitigate this?
  • 19.29: Net Zero can probably only work with the electrification of the energy/transport system. What role does the mobility transition play there?

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About Denisa Fainis & MESIA

Denisa has been working in the middle east for almost 15 years. Currently she is an associate at Three Eight Six, a company that provides investment or develops and operates renewable energy assets in the MENA region. Apart from that, she is also the secretary general at MESIA, The Middle East Solar Industry Association.

MESIA is the only non-for profit solar association bringing together the whole solar sector across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. MESIA has over 80 local, regional and international members as well as key partners from the entire solar value chain: EPCs, integrators, subcontractors, technical advisors, law firms, components manufacturers, Investors/lenders/funds, components suppliers/components agents, or distributors or industry media and content/ research providers.

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