The Assistant Secretary-General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan, Hassan Hayari, emphasized the need for a unified global electric grid to facilitate the transport of green energy from countries with abundant clean energy resources to those in need. This interconnected network would not only reduce costs but also extend the benefits of green energy to all participating nations.
Hayari delivered this message during a speech at the 14th session of the Committee on Energy, held in Beirut, Lebanon, as part of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
He highlighted the tangible impact of transitioning to green energy, which has become a fundamental part of our daily lives. This transition aligns with global trends, particularly the outcomes and recommendations of the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference (COP 27). These outcomes called for increased international commitments to reducing emissions through renewable energy and energy conservation. Achieving this collective objective requires collaboration among all stakeholders.
Hayari also emphasized Jordan’s role in aligning with global transformations. He mentioned the Economic Modernization Vision, launched in June 2022, which aims to elevate Jordan’s prosperity, global economic competitiveness, and overall citizen satisfaction with their quality of life.
He elaborated on the two pillars of the Vision. The first pillar focuses on sustainable and comprehensive growth by harnessing the Kingdom’s economic potential, while the second pillar aims to enhance the quality of life for all Jordanians. Both pillars are interconnected through their commitment to sustainability.
Hayari provided insights into the Vision’s comprehensive scope, which includes eight foundational pillars for national economic growth. These pillars encompass high-value industries, future services, making Jordan a global destination, leadership, innovation, quality of life, a sustainable environment, and investment. The Vision places significant emphasis on sustainable resources, with the energy sector playing a pivotal role.
He emphasized the importance of transitioning to renewable energy sources, as emphasized by the Economic Modernization Vision. This transition requires developing a strategic roadmap for the energy sector, focusing on renewable and alternative sources, establishing power and electricity stations, facilitating regional connectivity, formulating regulatory frameworks and policies, and implementing cost-reducing incentives.
Hayari highlighted Jordan’s achievements in line with the recommendations of the 13th session of the Committee on Energy. He mentioned ongoing projects that position Jordan as a regional hub for exporting green energy, particularly through renewable sources and green hydrogen initiatives. These efforts align with the Economic Modernization Vision.
He also mentioned Jordan’s notable milestones in renewable energy implementation. The cumulative capacity of solar and wind energy projects reached approximately 2.6 gigawatts by the end of 2022, contributing to around 27% of the Kingdom’s total electricity consumption. This accomplishment demonstrates Jordan’s commitment to sustainable energy practices.
Hayari announced that Jordan has secured the top rank in the region for cumulative renewable energy capacity in electricity generation, according to the Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) report for 2022. He reiterated the commitment to increase the share of renewable energy in electricity generation to 50% and mentioned initiatives supporting electric transportation and green hydrogen production.
Recognizing the complexity of this endeavor, Hayari emphasized the ministry’s proactive approach in implementing technical, legislative, and strategic measures. He highlighted the reinforcement and stability of the electrical grid, the transition to smart grids, energy storage projects, and expanding electrical connectivity with neighboring countries and international partners.
He also emphasized the significance of utilizing available tools and technologies to overcome technical challenges in renewable energy integration.
Regarding electricity delivery to consumers, Hayari mentioned that electricity coverage in Jordan has reached an impressive 99.9% of the population, placing the country among the top in the region. He discussed ongoing efforts through the Rural Electrification Project, providing reliable electricity to rural areas. The project has benefited over 900,000 people, with a total cost of approximately JD202 million.
Hayari highlighted various projects aimed at installing solar energy systems in the homes of low-income families and implementing off-grid solar energy solutions for water pumping from remote wells. He also mentioned a project to replace energy-efficient street lighting units.
He commended the Regional Initiative to promote Small-Scale Renewable Energy Applications in rural areas of the Arab Region, implemented in Jordan. Various activities related to the initiative have been successfully completed and inaugurated.
Addressing the interdependence of water and energy, Hayari emphasized the challenges Jordan faces due to water scarcity and the absence of natural resources. He highlighted the reliance on imported energy and the rising costs in the water sector. He stressed the importance of developing sustainable local energy sources and fostering an active partnership between the water and energy sectors.
Hayari emphasized the increasing necessity of green hydrogen production to combat climate change. He concluded by showcasing Jordan’s efforts to become a regional hub for green energy exports, leveraging its favourable geographic location and suitable lands for renewable energy generation. He mentioned ongoing efforts to develop a Green Hydrogen Strategy, reflecting Jordan’s commitment to expanding clean energy sources within the overall energy mix.