On Tuesday, 29 October, the Center for Energy and Sustainability Law (CESL) at QU’s College of Law and the German Embassy in Doha hosted a high-level conference titled “Qatari-German Renewable Energy Symposium: Scaling up capacity”. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Fischedick, Vice President of the prestigious Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, a well-known expert of renewable energy and innovation policies and a longstanding author of the seminar Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) reports.
Prof. Fischedick was brought to Qatar courtesy of the national lecturers’ programme of the Federal Republic of Germany. After his keynote speech about renewable energy policies in Germany, its past success and future challenges, the expert panel to discuss Prof. Fischedicks arguments included Dr. Adel Gastli, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Kahramaa-Siemens Chair in Energy Efficiency at QU’s College of Engineering and Dr. Rudiger Tscherning, Director of QU’s Center for Energy and Sustainability Law. The symposium was opened by Dr. Rudiger Tscherning, with a welcoming address on behalf of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Qatar, Dr Dennis Kumetat, First Secretary at the German Embassy in Doha.
Dean of College of Law at Qatar University Dr. Hassan Okour said: “This event is another example of CESL’s active engagement with the future energy debate in Qatar and the GCC region, in collaboration with Germany. I welcome such debate and discussion being undertaken at Qatar University and at our dedicated research Center”. CESL Director Dr. Rudiger Tscherning expressed his appreciation to the German Embassy “for facilitating this important knowledge exchange and lively debate on how research efforts can support Qatar’s quest for national economic diversification and capacity development in the energy sector”.
The German Ambassador to Qatar, H.E. Angelika Storz-Chakarji, stated “I am very pleased that we could invite Prof. Fischedick to Doha to present to the Qatari audience the work of one of Germany’s finest research institutes. Renewable energies and alternative sources of power production remain a key global challenge for our future. I am confident that the lectures Prof. Fischedick will hold during his time in Doha will stimulate lively discussion between German and Qatari academics, business stakeholders and policy makers.”