WEC Lebanon resumes activities under new leadership

The WEC’s Lebanon member committee has renewed its activities at an official gathering on 9 July in the capital Beirut.

Training on SWH installationsWEC Lebanon aims to create a national energy platform to help the country move towards the adoption of sustainable energy policies. The committee was previously dormant but is now hosted by the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), headed by its director, Mr Pierre El Khoury.

The event was attended by special guests including the Director General of the Ministry of Energy and Water, Mr Ghasssan Baydoun, and more than 80 members of WEC Lebanon.

On WEC Lebanon entering its new phase, Dr Joseph Al Assad, Secretary of WEC Lebanon, commented at the inauguration event: “The main objective for the WEC Lebanon Committee is to become a platform for discussion among the different players in the energy sector.”

Dr Al Assad added that WEC Lebanon will be actively participating in the Beirut Energy Forum 2013, the annual national energy conference, of which WEC Lebanon and LCEC are strategic partners.

WEC Lebanon renewed its activities following WEC Secretary General Dr Christoph Frei’s visit to Lebanon last September, where he met with the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water, Mr Gebran Bassil, at the Beirut Energy Forum.

image011The inauguration event also saw the announcement of Lebanon’s two selected candidates for the WEC’s Future Energy Leaders’ Programme (FELP).  Mr Michel Ange Medlej is Advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Energy & Water, Gebran Bassil; and Mr Antoine Skayem is founder and CEO of FREE sarl (Free Renewable Electric Energy). Both will be attending the World Energy Congress in October.

WEC Lebanon also acknowledged the work of Mr Chafic Abi Said, a prominent national energy expert. He is the first expert to talk and write extensively about energy efficiency and renewable energy in Lebanon, and was the former President of the Lebanese Solar Energy Society. Mr Chafic Abi Said took the occasion of the event to launch his new book on sustainable energy.