World Future Energy Summit opens in Abu Dhabi tomorrow

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  • Held under the patronage of H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
  • UN Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik among those addressing opening session
  • World’s foremost conference on future energy; hosted by Masdar

World leaders, international agencies, sustainability advocates, global heads of businesses and experts, academics and students interested in future energy technologies will convene in Abu Dhabi tomorrow for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES 2012), running from January 16-19 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Now in its fifth year, the World Future Energy Summit is the world’s foremost annual meeting committed to promoting advancement of future energy technologies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and waste management by engaging political, business, finance, academic and industry leaders to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities in response to the growing need for sustainable energy.

Built around the theme ‘Powering Sustainable Innovation,’ World Future Energy Summit 2012 will stage both a high-level conference and exhibition, with companies from all over the world promoting their latest products and services. Over 26,000 attendees, including 3,000 delegates, 650 exhibiting companies and 20 national pavilions, are participating in the Summit.

Africa 4 The Summit will open with a ‘Policy and Strategy Forum’, where government leaders in government and global development organisations will put the future energy challenge in perspective.

Keynote addresses for the Opening Ceremony will include speeches from HE Ban-ki Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations; HE Wen Jiabao, Premier, People’s Republic of China; HE Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister, South Korea, and HE Nassir Abdulaziz-Al-Nasser, President, United Nations General Assembly,.

Inspirational speeches from Bertrand Picard, Chief Executive Officer, Solar Impulse, and Aiden Dwyer, Young Innovator from the USA, together with a group of students from the United Arab Emirates pledging the younger generation’s commitment to innovation for a cleaner future, will conclude the Opening Ceremony.

Following the opening session, the Summit will break into three Ministerial Panel sessions with former heads of state, ministers and key advisors to governments on energy exchanging views on ‘Sustainable Energy for All,’ ‘Action Towards Universal Energy Access’ and ‘The Role of Government Institutions in Accelerating the Transition to a Global Clean Energy Economy.’
“The attendance of key political leaders from across the world on the opening day and throughout the duration of the Summit is a reflection of the convening power of Masdar, which is rapidly emerging as a globally-renowned brand in the renewable energy space. As governments and policy-makers world over face a development dilemma, a multi-sector and multi-disciplinary approach to encouraging investment in innovations is critical to ensuring energy security. In this regard, Masdar’s contribution to the Summit has been invaluable,” said Naji El Haddad, Exhibition Director, WFES 2012. “As every year, WFES will approach the energy challenge in its entirety, emphasising all aspects from environment and technology to investment and trading.”

To ensure equitable balance on all issues associated with energy, sustainability and development, the World Future Energy Summit  has dedicated each day of the conference for a topic of global relevance.

The second day of the conference will discuss “Business and Policy” while “Technology and Innovation” will take centrestage on the third day. Investment will be the theme of the final day with financial and business leaders debating on the opportunities and innovation gaps in ‘Finance and Regulation’ relating to the business of sustainability.

For the second year in a row, a Project Village, hosting select projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency from the Middle East, India and Africa, as well as other markets will form a significant component of WFES this year.

The World Future Energy Summit 2012 will also host the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) programme, an initiative organized in partnership with Masdar Institute, to provide an opportunity for the next line of talent in sustainability technology to interact with government representatives and business leaders involved in clean energy initiatives.

A new development in 2012 is the Innovate@WFES zone, an original incubator concept dedicating free exhibition space to select small and medium-sized businesses working across the future energy value chain.

A series of high-level meetings are scheduled to take place alongside the summit, discussing key policies and programs within the renewable energy and environment sphere by industry associations, non-governmental organizations and companies.

WFES is held under the patronage of H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and hosted by Masdar.

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