Towards exporting renewable energy from MENA region to Europe: an investigation into domestic energy use and householders’ energy behaviour in Libya

Mohamed, A.M.A., Al-Habaibeh, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9867-6011, Abdo, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9279-0035 and Elabar, S., 2015. Towards exporting renewable energy from MENA region to Europe: an investigation into domestic energy use and householders’ energy behaviour in Libya. Applied Energy, 146, pp. 247-262. ISSN 0306-2619

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Renewable energy in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, particular solar energy, can be connected to Europe to provide the Northern neighbouring countries with electricity. To achieve this long term objective, it is necessary to understand the local domestic consumption of electricity in the MENA region as the main consumer of energy. The understanding of current and future trends could help to provide a complete picture of the energy situation in MENA region and the feasibility of exporting energy to Europe. For this reason, this paper investigates the domestic energy use and occupants’ energy behaviour in Libya. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of domestic energy consumption and householders’ awareness, attitudes and behaviour on the overall energy consumption in Libya and how this could affect the peak demand, capacity, future trends and government energy budget. The paper also investigates the sustainability aspect of consumer products and the awareness and attitude of consumers towards consumption and demand. A comprehensive survey has been conducted to evaluate several aspects of domestic energy demand and characteristics in Libya. The findings have indicated that there is a significant increase in energy demands in the household sector in Libya and it is significant to have a clear strategy to reduce carbon emission and energy use by improving occupants behaviour as well as utilising other sustainable measures. Minor adjustment in householders’ energy consumption behaviour and the technology used to generate energy could provide significant financial savings and contribute significantly to the reduction in carbon emission and energy consumption. This will allow significant benefit to the local economy and the energy sector in Libya but at the same time could provide sustainable energy resources for Europe on the long term.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Applied Energy
Creators: Mohamed, A.M.A., Al-Habaibeh, A., Abdo, H. and Elabar, S.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: May 2015
Volume: 146
ISSN: 0306-2619
S0306261915001750Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:36

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