Day1: March 15, 2023


Place Event Details
8:00 –9:00 am W6-200 Registration  
9:00 –10:15 am W6-200 Opening Ceremony Andrea De Palma – Keynote Speaker  
10:15 –10:30 am W6-200 Light refreshments  
10:30 – 10:45 am N6-003 Welcome and introduction
  • Welcome and introduction, Dr. Mohamad Hejazi, Climate and Sustainability Program Director, KAPSARC
  • Welcome and introduction, Dr. Kamaludin A Dingle, Director of Graduate Studies & Research
10:45 – 12:30 am N6-003 Energy demand in the built environment: Drivers and Conservation Opportunities

The building sector is one of the largest energy consumers. It represents up to 20.1% of the total delivered energy consumed worldwide and contributes up to one-third of all global annual greenhouse gas emissions. Domestic energy consumption is a complex issue sorely linked to a multitude of interrelated factors: technical attributes of the buildings, household characteristics and behavior, energy systems, climate, equipment, etc. Understanding the spectrum of building energy consumption will be critical in informing the energy efficiency policy implementation process. This session will lay the foundation by discussing the energy demand drivers in the building sector and its energy conservation potential.

This session aims to answer the following questions:

  • What are the key drivers of energy demand in buildings?
  • What are the key benefits of improving buildings' energy efficiency?
  • How large is the energy efficiency potential in buildings?
  • What are the key barriers impeding energy efficiency upscale?

Potential Speaker(s): 

  • Introduction to shape the discussion: Edaward Mazria, CEO, Architecture 2030 (20 min)
  • Mohammad Al-Dubyan, Research Lead, Kapsarc
  • Dr. Foutouh Al-Ragom, President, Association of Energy Engineers, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
  • Isam Sharour, Emeritus Professor, Director of the Civil and geo-Environmental Engineering Research Lab
  •  Paolo Bertoldi, Senior Expert, EU commission

Moderator: Fateh Belaid, Fellow, KAPSARC

12:45– 2:00 pm W6-200 Lunch Break  
2:00 – 4:00 pm N6-003 Policy options to improve energy efficiency in the built environment

The looming intensive urbanization will come with different challenges, including environmental quality degradation, increasing inequalities, and intensive energy use. Within this context, officials and policymakers of the world's major cities are pursuing different initiatives to improve citizens' urban life and make the built environment more efficient and resilient. With energy powering the most attractive aspects of the urban environment in modern society, energy-efficient buildings are perfectly situated to shape future sustainable cities. The key objective of this session is to discuss the different aspects related to the formulation, adoption, and implementation of building energy efficiency policy within the framework of a low-carbon future.

It will take stock of the promise of energy efficiency, summarize gaps in existing policies, and recommend promising avenues for future action. It will also provide valuable policy guidance highlighting the potential/future energy efficiency priorities in emerging economy contexts. In this session, experts will discuss the following:

  • What are countries efforts to decarbonize the building sectors?
  • What are the cost-effective policies to improve energy efficiency in buildings?

Potential Speakers:

  • Hakam Zummo and Abdulaziz Alsubaihi, Building department Manager, SEEC
  • Salem Alhajraf, Founder and CEO of Edama Consult, Kuwait – policy agenda to improve buildings energy efficiency in Kuwait
  • Benoit Lebot, French Ministry of Energy transition
  • Mahelet Fikru, Missouri University of Science and Technology: The role of firms in EE landscap
  • Tareq Emtairah, Director of the Energy Department at UNIDO

Moderator: Prof. Adel Ben Youssef

4:00 pm N6-003 Closing remarks  


Day2: March 16, 2023


Place Event Speaker Details
9:00-10:30 am W6-200



  • Khaled Hussainey - Keynote Speaker
  • Suad AlHussain (Kuwait Society of Sustainable Energy)
  • Ahmad Hassanein (GUST)
  • Khalil Nimer (GUST)

  • Energy Efficiency – Kuwait case
  • The Impact of National Culture on CSR reporting and measurement - An International Evidence. 
  • Carbon Emission and Fraud Risk - An International Evidence. 
  • Benoit LEBOT (IRENA)
  • Mahelet Fikru (Missouri of Science & Technology) and Khalid Kisswani (GUST)
  • André DE PALMA (ENS CACHAN, France)
  • Moez KILANI (University of Bordeaux, France)
  • Challenges of Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Efficiency and its contribution to carbon neutrality to Saudi Arabia
  • Is electric power consumption an inverted U-shaped curve? Introducing the Electricity Kuznets Curve (ELKC) for ASEAN-5 countries
  • Transport and Energy transition
  • Transport and Climate change
11:30 –12:00 am W6-200 COFFEE BREAK    
  • Mohamed AROURI (University Côte d’Azur, France)
  • Jelena JOVOVIC & Sasa POPOVIC (University of Montenegro)
  • Jamal Al-Khasawneh (GUST)
  • ESG and Market efficiency
  • Green Bonds and Green Transition
  • Method of Payment in the Post 2008 Economic Crisis: Evidence from US Banks Mergers
1:30 –2:30 pm W6-200 LUNCH    
2:30 – 4:00 pm W6-200 TWIN TRANSITIONS
  • Stephane GOUTTE (University of Paris Saclay)
  • But DEDAJ (University Pristina, KOSOVO)
  • Adel BEN YOUSSEF (University Côte d’Azur, France)
  • Wael BEN KHALED (University of Manouba, Tunisia)
  • Adelina ZEQIRI (University Côte d’Azur, France) & Issam MEJRI (IPAG Business School, France)
  • The challenges of rare earths in the energy transition
  • Energy transition in the Balkans
  • Twin Transition in Arab countries
  • Institutional barriers to energy transition (ZOOM)
  • TOURISM 4.0: Greening Tourism Industry in MENA Region Through New Technologies (ZOOM)
  • Nuha Sultan Alharthi (University of Nizwa)
  • (Mounir DAHMANI (University of Gafsa, Tunisia) & Mohamed MABROUKI (University of Gafsa, Tunisia)
  • Sadeq DAMRAH (Australian University, Kuwait)
  • Mohamed Shabbir ALAM & Aarif KHAN (University of Bahrain, Bahrain)
  • Gökhan ERELI (Middle East Technical University)
  • Relationship between CO2 emissions and economic growth (Oman experience)
  • The Impact of Environmentally Related Taxes and Productive Capacities on Climate Change: Insights from European Economic Area Countries
  • Examining Macroeconomic Factors and Environmental Sustainability: An OLS Regression Analysis of the Impact of Exports, Imports, Governmental Budget, and Oil Products on CO2 Emissions in Jordan
  • Tourism, energy consumption, urbanization and economic expansion have elevated Kuwait's greenhouse gas emissions (ZOOM)
  • Geoeconomic Dilemma in the Gulf: Hydrocarbon Versus Renewable Energy (ZOOM)
4:00-4:30 pm W6-200 CLOSING CEREMONY