Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of Developing Energy from Sustainable Resources in Jordan

  • Samer Zawaydeh PMP, CRM, REP Independent Engineer
Keywords: Energy


Sustainable development is an evolving policy taking different forms in countries throughout the world. The development of renewable energies from solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and tidal will improve energy security for oil importing countries and promote sustainability. Renewables also create employment and a supply chain of industries that educate, design, finance, procure, manufacture, manage, construct, commission, and maintain the new clean energy technologies.

This article details the status of the development of renewable energy sources in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) concentrating on the successful efforts in Jordan. The development of Jordan’s regulatory system began after the oil crisis in 2008 with renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency legislation in 2012.

The economic, environmental and social impacts of renewable energy (RE) will be discussed as will the lessons learned from adopting strategies to achieve the renewable energy targets in the energy mix. These lessons can be implemented locally by other oil importing countries to improve energy resilience, energy security, and contribute to global climate change adaptation efforts. This article concentrates on the development of sustainable energies which are naturally available, socially acceptable and economically feasible in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan.


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Author Biography

Samer Zawaydeh, PMP, CRM, REP Independent Engineer

Mr. Zawaydeh works as an independent engineer providing technical and management services to building owners, architectural and engineering firms and contractors. He is versed in local building codes, energy legislation and regulations. He is often an invited speaker at schools, universities and conferences. He actively promotes progress towards net zero buildings and zero CO2e buildings. He has trained over 9,000 people since 2013 in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since 2012, he has been a certified trainer for AEE’s carbon reduction manager program.

He is actively engaged in the local, regional and international energy sectors as Jordan Energy Chapter EDAMA President (2015-2017) and the AEE Assistant Director of International Membership Development for Special Projects. He can be reached at


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