Al-Khobar: Report (Malik Nadeem Sher)
The global energy landscape is experiencing a vibrant and intriguing transition, commonly termed as ‘Net Zero Energy Transition’ or ‘Sustainable Energy Transition’. The 21st-century energy transition – mainly driven by the fight against climate change – is much more dynamic and impactful in comparison with the preceding energy transitions in recorded history. In the wake of the Paris Agreement and the United Nation’s call for a sustainable energy transition by 2050, nations across the world are actively pursuing Net Zero targets. KSA as part of Vision 2030, has also announced to become net zero by 2060.
Considering the importance of the recent global energy transition, The Institution of Engineers, Pakistan – Saudi Arabian Center, Eastern Province Sub Center organized the 36th Annual Technical seminar in Al Khobar with the title of ‘Net Zero Energy Transition: Dynamics & Prospects’, on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. The talk was presented by Dr. Muhammad Asif, a Professor at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Proceedings of the evening started by the Master of the ceremony, Engr. Ahmed Raza an executive council member, followed by the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by Dr. Arshad Jamal.
General Secretary, Engr. Mohammad Abrar Shami outlined the objectives and activities of IEP-SAC-EP for 2022-23.
Executive Council member, Dr. Farooq Saeed introduced the keynote speaker Dr. Muhammad Asif having over 20 years of research, teaching, and consultancy experience across Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Asif is a Charted Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Member of the Energy Institute, and author of over 125 research publications including 7 books.
In his presentation, the keynote speaker examined the broader dynamics of Net Zero Energy Transition, considering its major drivers, challenges, and prospects. He also reflected upon the relevant global technological and policy trends, which classify the energy transition into four main technological dimensions (4Ds): Decarbonization, Decreasing use of energy, Decentralization, and Digitalization.
The Guest of Honor, Engr. Sameer Basonbul, Plant Leader of GE Manufacturing & Technology Center, Dammam (GEMTEC), thanked the council for inviting him to the event and applauded the technical presentation by Dr. Muhammad Asif.
Engr. Abdul Qadir Akbani, Finance Secretary IEP-SAC-EP introduced the Chief Guest and briefly talked about the Sponsor of the evening, Al Qahtani Pipe Coating Industries.
The chief guest Engr. Abdul Hadi Tariq Al-Qahtani, Chief Operating Officer of Al Qahtani Pipe Coating Industries, commended the performance of IEP-SAC-EP, and expressed his good wishes for success in the future. He appreciated the presentation and admired the high caliber, hard work, dedication, and professional skills of Pakistani Engineers. He also acknowledged the efforts and contribution of the Pakistani Engineer’s fraternity in the development of the Kingdom.
Engr. Abdul Qadir Akbani, expressed his deep gratitude to the Chief Guest for sponsoring the evening by Al Qahtani Pipe Coating Industries. He also thanked all Council members, fellow engineers, and media personnel on behalf of Chairman Engr. Rizwan Ahmed and Founder of IEP-SAC-EP, Engr Ismet Amin Khawaja, for playing an important role in making the event successful.
Shields of Appreciation were distributed to the keynote speaker Dr. Asif, Chief Guest Engr. Abdul Hadi Tariq Al-Qahtani, Guest of Honor Engr. Sameer Basonbul, Executive Council Member Engr. Asad Hassan, Media Representatives Mr. Malik Nadeem Awan & Mr. Taher Karamat in appreciation of their outstanding contribution. The evening concluded with a Lucky Draw for respected guests, followed by a scrumptious dinner.