ISESCO chief: Inculcating green culture concept to act as complementary to green economy

Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri is attending the 18th World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC), which kicked off Tuesday at Kingston University in London and will continue until August 3.

At the opening of the Congress, being organized by the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) and supported by ISESCO, Altwaijri gave a speech, in which he stated that the choice of theme for the 18th session of the Congress clearly mirrors the major interests of WREN, which are shared by ISESCO.

He added that the close systematic connection between renewable buildings and sustainable buildings deeply highlights the daunting equation, whose treatment is the best solution for overcoming the dangers of climate change, today's primary concern of the international community.

This correlation between renewable buildings and sustainable buildings is the cornerstone of the advanced concept and modern sense of eco-friendly green cities, which act as incubators for development and a lever for progress and prosperity will preserve the environment and contribute to promoting comprehensive sustainable development in all its fields, Altwaijri said.

As such, all the components of this equation harmoniously come together to attribute a vital role to renewable energies in the protection of the clean environment, the natural incubator of comprehensive sustainable development, he added.

The ISESCO chief also stressed that while the 17th session of Congress, hosted by Murdoch University in Australia in February 2017, focused on the theme of Full Transition to Renewable Energy, the theme of this session reaffirms, in many ways, the collective interest in new and outstanding initiatives in the fields of solar energy and wind farms, as well as in taking cognizance of modern technologies in the fields of biomass, energy conversion systems and biofuel; and testifies to the Congress's progress and WREN's remarkable action.

He emphasized that this leap from "Full Transition to Renewable Energy to Renewable Sustainable Buildings as the Best Solution to Climate Change unequivocally affirms the qualitative evolution of renewable energy concepts and their relation to sustainable buildings and green cities in terms of concept and methodology.

The continuous advancement in this scientific field helped us lay the foundations of a new concept: green culture. Following in the footsteps of renewable energy scientists and ecologists who established the concept of green economy, from which the concept of green cities was derived, the green culture will be similarly tantamount to the term of peace culture adopted in the literature of both UNESCO and ISESCO, Altwaijri said.

The ISESCO chief went on to say that the world today is in dire need for deepening the concept of peace culture to counter the rising trends of hatred, racism, extremism and terrorism as well as halting armed conflicts in many regions. He also stressed that humanity � now and in the near and distant future � needs to adopt the concept of green culture to be the driving force for creating sustainable green cities based on renewable energy and sustainable buildings.

He further pointed out that given ISESCO's avid interest in the promotion of sustainable energy use, and pursuant to the Strategy of Developing Renewable Energy in the Islamic World adopted by the 3rd Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers held in Morocco's capital Rabat in 2008, the Organization plays a leading role in promoting the concept of green and sustainable cities in the Islamic world.

Altwaijri stated that, as part of the Three-Year Action Plan and Budget (2019-2021), the new concept of transition to the green economy has been methodically inculcated in various fields such as energy, transport, agriculture and industry. He added that ISESCO will also launch Islamic Green Cities Excellence Award as part of Saudi Arabia's Award for Environmental Management in the Islamic World, approved by the Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers.

Moreover, the director general underlined that ISESCO will continue, under its upcoming action plan, to undertake its role in this vital field through the implementation of a number of activities on capacity building and promoting innovation, while focusing on technology transfer in the field of renewable energies. He stated that ISESCO will also continue co-holding regional and international conferences on renewable energies, in cooperation with WREN, in order to promote the use of these energies in the member states.

The Organization will likewise hold expert meetings and training sessions on renewable energies, along with developing cooperation and broadening the scope of joint action with its partners in the field of renewable energies in order to deepen the understanding of these rigorous scientific concepts and promote interest in vital issues that fall within this wide field.

By the same token, Altwaijri highlighted that the lofty goals that the World Renewable Energy Congress strives to achieve are at the core of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which makes the recommendations issued by this Congress worthy of consideration by all world states.

He underscored that building sustainable green cities on the foundations of renewable energies is a strategic goal to counter the creeping climate change and address the environmental problems arising therefrom.

In order to activate the outcome of this international event, and taking into consideration the international dimensions of renewable energies and sustainable buildings in green cities, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization invites the Congress to adopt the concept of green culture and accordingly feature the theme Spreading the green culture to promote the culture of peace as one of the topics to be addressed at its 19th session, the ISESCO chief concluded.

Source: International Islamic News Agency