Day 1, Tuesday, 07 November 2017

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Delegate registration and welcome coffee

9:00 am - 10:30 am


Reading from the Holy Quran
Introduction of Conference Theme
Keynote Address H.H. Prince Saud Bin Thunayan Al-Saud, Chairman, Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu
Keynote Address Khalid Sharif Al Awadhi, Assistant Director General, Environment, Health and Safety Control Sector, Dubai Municipality
Keynote Address H.E. Dr. Alaa Nassif, CEO, Royal Commission for Yanbu
Keynote - Added value and green businesses development through Circular Economy
  • Circular Economy
  • Material Flow Management
  • Green Business Development
  • Regional Added Value
Prof. Dr. Peter Heck, Executive Director, Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS)
Sponsors appreciation
Exhibition ribbon cutting
Media interviews
Networking coffee break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Session chair: Eng. Salih Ibn Ibrahim AlShabnan, CEO, CityCement Company
10:30 – 10:50 Cities and their role in transforming energy systems
  • “Energy density” of supply and demand as a critical factor in planning new energy systems
  • Designing cities that meet “consumer needs” as well as policy priorities
  • Moving beyond energy efficiency to energy productivity in buildings and urban planning
David Hobbs, VP of Research, KAPSARC
10:50 – 11:10 Renewables and the Saudi Vision 2030 – more than just a different source of energy
  • Some basics about the German Energiewende, or in English, the new energy age
  • The basic concept – the cellular approach
  • Implementation examples by means of residential areas, SME and industrial environment
  • Dispatching principles
  • Mapping the idea of the cellular approach to Saudi Vision 2030 goals
Prof. Dr. Rainer M. Speh, Chief Technology Officer, Siemens Ltd.
11:10 – 11:30 Renewable energy – advanced technologies and solutions Eng. Nour Mousa, Chief Executive Officer, Desert Technologies
11:30 – 12:00 Open discussion and questions and answers
12:00 – 13:00      Networking lunch (Prayer break)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Session chair: Dr. Ahmed Al Hazmi, CEO, MADAR
13:00 – 13:20 Energy Efficiency: Innovative Public/Private Partnerships
  • Energy efficiency is an untapped business opportunity
  • The private sector, motivated by profit potential, can bring innovative ideas and business models
  • Partnerships between the private sector and public and quasi-public energy agencies (such as regulated utilities) can unleash innovation in energy efficiency
  • Case studies of such partnerships illustrate how this can work
Dr. Paul Komor, Lecturer - Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado-Boulder (USA)
13:20 – 13:40 How to design healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings
  • How to correctly insulate a building and eliminate thermal bridges
  • Case study for energy savings and ROI
  • Fire safety
  • Sustainability and innovative features of mineral wool
  • Importance of thermal comfort
Dr. Nada Chami, Market Development Manager – Middle East, Saint-Gobian
13:40 – 14:00 Changing attitudes towards energy efficiency: Innovative approaches to increase energy efficiency effectiveness Eng. Ghazi Melibari, Chief Executive Officer, SEPCO
14:00 – 14:30 Open discussion and questions and answers
14:30 – 15:00 Networking coffee break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Session chair: Eng. Awadh Al-Maker, Executive Vice President, Shared Services, SABIC
15:00 – 15:20 Waste to Chemicals (A trademark of Circular Economy)
  • Thermoselect gasification systems
  • Feedstock quality control procedures
  • Waste to chemicals integration modules
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Antwerp and Yanbu project statistics
Eng. Nauman Arshad Rajpoot, Process Engineer - Project Developments, Energy Recovery Systems Company Ltd. (ERS)
15:20 – 15:40 Resource recovery advancements for sustainable Envirocities
  • A holistic overview of key Environmental Dependencies with respect to Resource Recovery
  • Opportunities available at an industrial and municipal level
  • Technological advances in Resource Recovery that can be implemented at a broader scale to ensure Sustainable development, growth and maintenance of Envirocities and communities globally
Dr. Amyn Dahya, Chief Executive Officer, GEMS
15:40 – 16:00 City Cement’s journey to sustainability and fuel efficiency Saleh I. Al Shabnan, CEO, City Cement Company
16:00 – 16:30 Open discussion and questions and answers
16:30 Close of Day 1

Day 2, Wednesday, 08 November 2017

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Coffee

9:00 am - 10:30 am


Session chair: Eng. Danah Alkudi, Environmental Specialist, Ministry of Economy and Planning, KSA
09:00 – 09:20 PPP/PFI relating to the financing of environment projects Jean-Pascal Boutin, Partner, Clean Energy Group and Head of Regulatory, Eversheds LLP
09:20 – 09:40 Investing in Sustainability – An update on current developments
  • International and local drivers
  • The role of government in creating an appropriate business environment for investment
  • The financial sector’s view on investing in sustainability
Gus Schellekens, Development Manager, Ernst and Young Middle East
09:40 – 10:00 Financing of environment projects for a sustainable business
  • Why sustainability is a driver
  • Risks and opportunities
  • Materiality assessment
  • Market for sustainable products
  • Examples of industry performance
Dr. Ahmed Al Hazmi, General Manager, MADAR
10:00 – 10:30 Open discussion and questions and answers
10:30 – 11:00 Networking coffee break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Session chair: Dr. Ibrahim Hoteit, Associate Professor, KAUST
11:00 – 11:20 Dubai Sustainable City: A future ready urban design
  • Global carbon emissions and the innovation gap
  • Master planning features and options
  • Net Zero Energy Development – how to achieve this?
  • Sustainability Savings – how significant are those?
  • Behavioral change – how to integrate social sustainability in the urban design?
Karim El-Jisr, Executive Director, SEE Nexus Institute
11:20 – 11:40 Sustainability initiatives in Dubai Municipality 
  • Dubai municipality strategy in sustainability and renewable energy
  • Dubai municipality initiatives in the field of sustainability
    • Dubai lamp
    • Dubai tap
    • Solid waste to energy
    • Organic waste to energy
    • Landfill gas to energy
    • STP biogas to energy
    • Smart flower
    • Desert rose
Mohammed Ismail Al Naiser, Sustainability and Renewable Energy Project Mechanical Engineer, Dubai Municipality
11:40 – 12:00 Sustainable development indicators for sustainable strategic design and beyond Dr. Ali Awadh Al Amoudi, Former Sustainable Development Advisor to UNDP, Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT)
12:00 - 12:30 Open discussion and questions and answers
12:30 – 13:00 Networking coffee break (Prayer break)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Session Chair: Dr. Ali Awadh Al Amoudi, Former Sustainable Development Advisor to UNDP, Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT)
13:00 – 13:20 Responsive cities: How digital lighting is shaping tomorrow’s sustainable cities
  • Philips leadership in the IoT and the role of lighting as backbone in this industry
  • The revolution of the smart cities and the role of connected lighting to manage real time data
  • City beautification and urbanization is the area that lighting can make several differences
Akbar Thakur, System Architecture Manager, Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia
13:20 – 13:40 Priorities for future sustainable and resilient cities in the Middle East
  • Relevant global city trends
  • Measuring city resilience
  • Sustainability challenges and opportunities in the Middle East
  • Priorities for achieving sustainability and resilience: social, economic, environmental
  • Example successes / best practice
Dr. Abdul-Sattar Nizami, Assistant Professor & Head of Solid Waste Research Unit, Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies (CEES), King Abdulaziz University
13:40 – 14:00 Rehabilitation, reuse or optimization of existing infrastructure
  • Building retrofits for residential sector in the KSA
  • Building Energy Productivity – Analysis framework of energy efficiency policies and programs
  • Energy Efficiency improvements in building stock
  • Multiple benefits of Energy Efficiency
  • Built environment
Kankana Dubey, Senior Research Associate, KAPSARC
14:00 – 14:30 Recommendations and conclusion
14:30 – 15:30 Close of conference and networking lunch