Renewable Energy in the Middle East

Enhancing Security through Regional Cooperation

  • Michael Mason
  • Amit Mor
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. The Security Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Renewable Energy Needs and Strategies of the Region

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 18-18
    2. Amit Mor, Shimon Seroussi, Malcolm Ainspan
      Pages 19-40
    3. Michael Mason, Mu’taz A. Al-muhtaseb, Mohamad Al-Widyan
      Pages 41-54
    4. Fadi Comair
      Pages 55-70
  4. Greening Regional Energy Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 92-92
    2. Driss Zejli, Abdelaziz Bennouna
      Pages 151-173
  5. Institutional Aspects of a Regional and Global Energy System

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-240

About these proceedings


Energy insecurity is not normally associated with the Middle East. However, away from the oil-rich Persian Gulf, the countries of the eastern Mediterranean are particularly vulnerable. Their fossil fuel endowments are low, while their fractious relationships with each other have long fostered wider political insecurities. Focusing on the Jordan Basin (Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon and Jordan), this timely volume addresses the prospects for the adoption of renewable energy in the oil-poor Middle East. Featuring regional energy experts, it offers an invaluable survey.

After outlining the regional security context, this book first reviews renewable energy policy and practices in the Jordan Basin. It then considers options for greening energy use, including promising pilot projects in North Africa. The initiatives discussed encompass renewable energy finance, energy-efficient rural communities, and solar and wind energy. There is significant potential for an increase in the uptake of renewable energy technologies in the eastern Mediterranean. This window of opportunity has been created by high oil prices, energy infrastructure investment opportunities, and the UN climate change regime. In conclusion, the book considers the institutional conditions for collaborative decision-making on renewable energy. Such cooperation would deliver substantial security and human development benefits to the region, and indeed the world.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Mason
    • 1
  • Amit Mor
    • 2
  1. 1.ScienceLondon School of Economics and PoliticalLondon WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Eco Energy Ltd.HerzeliyaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9890-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9892-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6519
  • Series Online ISSN 1874-6543
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