National Energy SWOT Analysis

Abstract

Analysis of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats commonly known as SWOT analysis, is a tool that can be utilized to study any initiative, program or any business. This analysis can pave the way to draft a strategy, whether it is an energy or business strategy. This paper discusses the SWOT analysis for four developing countries in the Middle East. Kuwait, Jordan, Tunisia and Lebanon. Each country is at a different stage in terms of the energy situation. While Kuwait is an exporter of Crude oil, Tunisia is an importer of Gas, Jordan is leapfrogging in terms of adoption of solar energy and Lebanon is facilitating the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy through a national energy action.
Energy rate structures differ widely in the studied countries as some pay the full cost of energy while others have a subsidy of energy prices.
The SWOT analysis is used to look into the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats in each country with respect to the energy situation. Comparing some countries residing in a common wide region as in the Middle East can provide incentives to the studied countries and others in the same region to learn from each other and follow suit.

Presented By

Fotouh Al-Ragom, Ph.D., C.E.M., C.S.D.P., C.E.A.
Energy Efficiency Technologies Program Manager
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research /EBRC/EET

Dr. Al-Ragom is a research scientist at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. She led several client-funded projects. Fotouh currently serves as the Energy Efficiency Technologies Program Manager.
She is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) and a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA). She authored several articles in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and holds a shared patent. She is the recipient of several national, regional and international awards including the 2017 International Professional Development Award from the Association of Energy Engineers, USA, and the 2016 Kuwait’s Distinguished Female Engineer from the Federation of Arab Engineers and the 2008 Energy Engineer Award from the Emirates Energy Award (EEA). She serves on several professional national and international committees, expert panels and technical boards. She is the President Kuwait’s local chapter for the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and the Assistant Director of the International Membership Development for the Middle East Region for the AEE. She is a member of several professional organizations including AEE, ASHRAE and ASME.