RSS provides a wide range of sustainable solutions in the different fields of EWE through two centres; the National Energy Research Centre (NERC) and the Water and Environment Centre (WEC). These are part of the Technologies for Sustainable Development Pillar.
The National Energy Research Centre (NERC) was established in 1972 for the purpose of research, development and training in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The centre works on areas from solar thermal energy, photovoltaic and geothermal, to wind energy, bioenergy and energy efficiency. NERC is involved in different donors’ programs for the development of new energy efficiency technologies. NERC carries out techno-economic feasibility studies, energy audits, measurements and verification and performance measurements. NERC also operates energy testing labs. The centre is accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 by JAS and certified according to ISO 9001:2015 by Lloyd’s.
NERC has developed and supervised more than 40 photovoltaic projects since the issuance of the Renewable Energy Law in 2012, with a total capacity of 30 MWp. It has also developed 173 photovoltaic projects for schools, 320 photovoltaic projects for farms and has 122 MWp in the pipeline. In addition, a wind energy project with a capacity of 1.65 MW was installed and has been running since 2014. Around 52 GWh is being produced annually with an annual CO2 reduction of 30,000 tons. In addition, more than 300 detailed energy audit studies for the public and private sectors were conducted.
The Water and Environment Centre (WEC) was established in 1989 to be a reference point contributing in the protection of water and environment, and public health and safety, as well as participating in addressing the global environmental challenges. WEC, supported by RSS accredited laboratories, provides high class technical consultations and studies. It promotes the adoption of sound
and best practices conforming to the concept of sustainable development. Throughout the last decade, WEC has collaborated with various national ministries as well as international agencies. The centre is certified according to ISO 9001:2015. Additionally, the Environment Monitoring and Research Central Unit and the Air Studies Division are also accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 by UKAS and JAS.
WEC, via the cleaner production (CP) unit, helps industries improve production while reducing their consumption of resources and has already carried out more than 70 CP studies and followed up implementations that resulted in a saving of around 140 thousand cubic meters per year, and avoidance of around 8700 and 13,300 tons per year of waste and CO2 emissions respectively. Also, WEC annually conducts around 250 stack emission and 150 working area air quality measurements for the local industries. WEC conducted more than 50 environmental impact assessment and environmental audit studies, in addition to many specialized studies in the areas of chemical management, hazardous material management, quantitative risk assessment, life cycle assessment, responsible production and eco-innovation. WEC plays a vital role in the protection of Jordan’s scarce water resources and introducing innovative conservation measures and tools through providing the relevant ministries with assessment of around 200 water sources, by collecting and analyzing around 1800 samples annually. Over the past 3 years, WEC has contributed to the conservation of about half a million cubic meters of water.
WEC operates an online real time monitoring system for surface water with 13 stations located on Yarmouk, and Zarqa Rivers in addition to King Abdullah Canal and inlet and outlet of King Talal Dam. WEC contributes to protecting the ambient air quality (AAQ), through 11 fixed monitoring stations operating in the different areas of Jordan to the Ministry of Environment as part of the national AAQ monitoring network.