Improving The Efficiency of Kuwait’s Energy Resources
Enhancing Building & Infrastructure Durability
Managing Energy Sources
Building Material Resources & Infrastructure Systems
Sustainable Management of Energy & Building

Challenge

Kuwait is privileged to have petroleum as a source of wealth that provides a foundation for economic growth and diversification. The nation’s resources l need to be managed efficiently so as to provide long-term planners with options to meet the challenges of a growing population. KISR is the steward of Kuwait’s natural resources and science and technology heritage, and therefore charged to ensure that resources are used in an efficient and responsible manner, mitigating the negative effect on the environment, while providing the state with sustainable options to fuel economic growth. The level of energy consumption at residential, commercial, and governmental buildings is among Kuwait’s most serious and pressing challenges. These sources alone consume 80% of Kuwait’s total electricity generation and 15% of the nation’s annual oil production.

 

Goal

The goal of this Program is to reduce energy demand by developing and adapting energy-efficient technologies and ensur ing that building system standards in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors conform to international best practices. The program develops guidelines to standardize the design and construction processes for new buildings, apply efficiency standards to existing buildings, and develop energy- efficient building codes and indoor air quality standards.

 

Program Thrusts

  • Improvement of  Energy Efficiency in Buildings — Revise Kuwait’s energy code of different types of buildings using multi-level analytical, experimental, and field - oriented research in order to advance the pace of building envelope construction, improve air-conditioning and lighting technologies, and address concerns regarding greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Innovative Solutions for HVAC and Other Emerging Technologies — This solution area will address the evaluation and effect of alternative refrigerants on the performance of air-conditioning units at high ambient temperatures, and investigate the enhancing of air-conditioning systems with advanced heat exchanger technologies, nanotechnologies, and other emerging technologies. It will also evaluate sample commercial systems to ensure that they comply with local regulations and meet the established performance requirements.
  • Energy Efficiency Policy and Planning —This solution area will develop a Kuwait Reference Energy Scenario (RES). The RES will establish accurate data on the energy that is being consumed by different sectors. This will enable the program to establish a number of important indices for Kuwait and assess the potential of any energy-efficient measure at the national level. These indices will help in the development of annual energy outlook for Kuwait that mainly tackles electricity production as well as consumption. It will also include the assessments of future trends for the impact of energy efficiency technologies and practices. Furthermore, it will include the  development of proper regulations for the transportation sector.