The UAE, along with KSA of the GCC, score high in renewable energy readiness according to a GCC-wide study which report suggests that initiatives undertaken so far in the GCC represent a proactive approach to addressing energy and environmental issues at international, regional and national scales. Clear policy and legal framework with a consistent strategy will ensure sustainable deployment of the renewable energy projects across the GCC region, according to study released.
The GCC has to come up with a consistent strategy for the region as well as individual national plans to achieve renewable energy technology deployment goals. The report, which was an outcome of the collaboration between the GCC consortium on clean energy and the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network, reveals that most countries have not yet officially set their renewable energy development targets and are to be implemented with stable policies. The report identifies areas that need to be strengthened and spells out measures to be implemented in the GCC region. It would offer an avenue for governments across the region to channel their resources and lay the foundations for large-scale deployment of renewable energy.
UAE leads in the renewable energy-readiness index with a score of 4.75 out of 7 with Saudi Arabia following closely with 4.60, which is due to lower wind resources. Compared with the other GCC countries, the index shows that the UAE and Saudi Arabia are more ready to integrate renewable energy technologies for power generation. On the renewable resources category, the countries Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman which have received renewable-readiness scores of 5.6, 5.5, and 5.2, respectively, because of their substantial solar and wind resources.