September 16, 2019
 In mud3

Delegate: Haashir Ali

Country: Syria

Committee: Environmental

Topic: Renewable Energy

     As the world looks to sustain itself in the future after fossil fuels are gone, there is only one solution: renewable energy. The international community looks forward to using this in the future for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it provides for a fuel source for a long time to come in the foreseeable future once the current sources run out. Secondly, it limits the environmental impact of fossil fuel-based electricity because renewable sources do not have such toxic production methods.

     In the Syrian Arab Republic, much of the economy is based on energy production, specifically oil and natural gas. Due to its proximity to such valuable natural resources, Syria has a vested interest in the world energy market, as it is a major energy producer, a prominent member of OPEC, and RCREEE.

     The Syrian Government recently set a target in which 4.3% of the total energy production in the country should be based off of renewable sources by 2025. Currently 6% of all energy in the country comes from hydroelectric plants based off of dams that are meant to create reservoirs and provide for some of the countries electricity needs. Prior to 2011, the use of hydroelectricity was growing, and the government was on pace to meet its 4.3% energy production goal. However, due to the ongoing civil war, these efforts have since stagnated and have rapidly lost priority in recent years. Syria suffers from frequent energy blackouts due to armed conflict despite its vast amount of resources to draw upon for energy.

     One proposal to spread the influence of renewable energy is to finance nonprofit groups to go into different countries around the world. This can be through an NGO or a new body created by the United Nations. By helping spread awareness in this field, there is certainty that this can very well accelerate renewable energy usage to come.

     The second proposal is to help individual help with their logistics. Because poverty is one of the big reasons for renewable energy not becoming feasible, it would be best to start helping countries build up their own infrastructure to initiate the conversion from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

  • Haashir Ali