Mar 23, 2018

APICORP forecasts almost $1trn for energy investment in MENA

Middle East
Andrew Woods
2 min
The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), the multilateral development bank focused on the energy sector, has predicted $1trn of...

The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), the multilateral development bank focused on the energy sector, has predicted $1trn of investments in the Middle East and North Africa energy sector over the next five years.

According to APICORP’s annual MENA Energy Investment Outlook, the MENA region will see a number of critical energy projects pushed through over the next five years, despite the uncertain geopolitical backdrop.

Around $345bn has been committed to projects under execution while an additional $574bn worth of development is planned. Total investment (committed and planned) of $919bn is forecast over five years, which is 4% lower than 2017 forecast.

The overall economic outlook remains similar to the forecasts estimated this time last year, with growth of around 3.2% forecast for both 2018 and 2019. Global investment in the industry is expected to pick up and parts of the MENA region are expected to see a corresponding improvement in investment.

Saudi Arabia is expected to lead the way, but the uncertainty over the possible re-imposition of sanctions on Iran mean that it may struggle to attract the foreign investment it needs to develop its industry. Iraq is also facing challenges, despite the improving security situation.


Saudi Arabia and the UAE represent 38% of planned investments, with $149bn and $72bn respectively, over the outlook period, as both countries look to boost their upstream oil and gas sectors.

Commenting on the report, Dr Ahmed Ali Attiga, Chief Executive Officer of APICORP, said: “We expect the MENA region to continue investing heavily as major energy-exporting countries expand the size of their energy sector and strengthen their positions in global markets.”

Mustafa Ansari, Senior Economist at APICORP, added: “We see three important trends materialising in our outlook: the first is higher allocation of capital towards the power sector, which now accounts for the bulk of planned investments as demand for electricity continues to increase. The second is the increase in committed investments, reflecting an improving investment climate and a healthy transition of projects from the planning phase towards execution. And third, the private sector has an increasing role to play in financing energy projects in the Middle-East, that will help ease fiscal pressures on governments.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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