Envoy invites Saudi Arabia to join Germany in shift to green energy

German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller, second from right, meets with guests during the exhibition. (AN photo)
Updated 02 April 2017

Envoy invites Saudi Arabia to join Germany in shift to green energy

RIYADH: German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller has invited the Kingdom to join Germany as it shifts to green energy from oil and uranium.
He made the invitation while opening the exhibition “German Energy Transition,” or “Energiewende,” at Al-Hamra Mall.
Haller said the Kingdom is “blessed abundantly with sun and wind,” and commended the Saudi government for taking bold steps to introduce renewables to the local energy portfolio.
“Germany is willing to cooperate with the Kingdom on a government level between the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and our Ministry of Research, and on a private-sector level,” he added, congratulating the Saudi government for its energy efficiency program.
He expressed pleasure at having the exhibition in the Saudi capital during the start of the first round of renewable energy tenders, in which a number of German companies have expressed an interest.
He said since the Kingdom has set itself ambitious goals and is moving swiftly toward implementation, the exhibition came at the right time.
The embassy said Germany “has decided to switch the country’s entire energy supply to renewables by 2050, one step at a time, pursuing clear and ambitious targets and using a precise roadmap.”
It added that in 2016, the share of renewables in German gross domestic power production reached 30 percent.
Haller said the energy transition is the answer to how Germany as an industrialized country can make its energy supply secure, affordable and sustainable.
This will open up new business opportunities, foster innovation, create jobs and boost growth, he added.


Saudi air force chief leads Kingdom’s delegation to Dubai

Updated 17 min 12 sec ago

Saudi air force chief leads Kingdom’s delegation to Dubai

RIYADH: Maj. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, commander of the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF), has led an armed forces delegation from the Kingdom to the 9th Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference, which kicked off on Nov. 16, and the Dubai Airshow 2019, which will run from Nov. 17-21.

The conference, held under the slogan “Building a more agile and adaptive fighting force: Balancing the high- and low-tech solutions,” was attended by 500 commanders and representatives of European, US, Asian and Arab air forces to discuss the future of the air defense system and explore the latest findings of the military fighter industry.

Conference sessions discussed adopting new air defense technologies, addressing future operational requirements of the air force, training in joint operations for fourth and fifth-generation fighters, transition to multiple air force operations, techniques for the future air combat strategy and fighter requirements for the future, and the future of sensor systems and the establishment of a multi-field command and control system architecture.

The conference was attended by the delegation accompanying Maj. Gen. Turki and military attaché at the Saudi Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Brig. Gen. Abdul Mohsen bin Fahd Al-Sudairi.