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Expo 2017 at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

The Kazakh delegation, headed by the Minister of Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Nurlan Kapparov, attended the 2014 International Renewable Energy Agency’s Assembly (IRENA).

Representatives from the Astana EXPO-2017 National Company and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources will take part in panel sessions during the event.

Astana EXPO-2017 will present itself with an informational stand at the World Future Energy Summit exhibition. It is Kazakhstan’s first time as an exhibitor at WFES. The exhibit will educate visitors about EXPO-2017, including the theme, sub-themes and the EXPO site, as well as information on Astana and Kazakhstan.

The theme of Astana EXPO-2017, ‘Future Energy’, is closely linked to the topics addressed at WFES. Kazakhstan already has plans in 2017 to become an ambitious global platform for constructive discussions in which countries, companies and organisations present their views and offer solutions to the major challenges and concerns of modern energy.

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Leaders from 150 countries arrive in Abu Dhabi for energy summit as WFES begins

Heads of State and Ministers from over 150 countries as well as representatives from 120 international organisations gathered in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for the opening of the Fourth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Assembly, the Agency’s ultimate decision-making authority, takes place today and tomorrow. Kicking-off Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014, the event features IRENA’s flagship projects, its current and future work programmes, and several public and media events.

“IRENA’s focus is accelerating the deployment of renewables worldwide, and our Assembly gives us the opportunity to present our current and future work to our membership,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “We are now engaged with over 165 countries. As more and more countries join, IRENA’s role as the global hub for renewable energy is becoming ever more prominent.”

“IRENA is a global campaigner for the advancement of renewable energy, and a convener that creates a platform for international collaboration,” said H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy and President of the Assembly. “It is through important international platforms like this that we will secure our clean energy future.”

Highlights during the Assembly include the launch of “REmap 2030”, the much anticipated roadmap for doubling the global renewable energy share by 2030; and the announcement of the first six renewable energy projects in developing countries receiving loans under the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility partnership from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 43 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption: The President of IRENA’s Fourth Assembly,  H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy (third from left), is welcomed by Vice-President of the Third Assembly, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mahdzir Khalid of Malaysia. IRENA’s Fourth Assembly welcomed official government delegations from over 151 countries.

For more information about IRENA’s Fourth Assembly visit www.irena.org.

 

 

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Report: Renewable energy should be make up a third of world use by 2030… ‘at no extra cost’

The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030 at no extra cost, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says in a report “REmap 2030,” that was published yesterday to coincide with the Wolrd Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

The study maps out a pathway for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix based on the technologies that are available today. Energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix up to 36 per cent, according to the new report.

“There is a strong economic case for the renewable energy transition. When considering climate change mitigation, health impact and job creation, the transition practically pays for itself,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “More renewables in the energy system provide greater flexibility, increase energy independence, and make the system more resilient.”

The deployment of modern renewables – renewable energy sources that exclude traditional use of biomass – needs to grow more than threefold, the study shows. A rethinking of energy taxes and subsidies is critical to the economic case for renewable energy. A reduction of fossil fuel subsidies will facilitate the uptake of renewables. Subsidies for renewable energy can disappear altogether, if green house gas emissions and other air pollution are reasonably priced.

“Many governments are underestimating the potential of renewables in their planning the for energy transition. To reach the goal of doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030, additional efforts are needed, particularly in the building, industry and transport sectors,” Dolf Gielen, Director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany said. “We identified five areas of national action: Planning realistic but ambitious transition pathways; creating an enabling business environment; managing knowledge of technology options and their deployment; ensuring smooth integration of renewables into the existing infrastructure; and unleashing innovation.”

“REmap 2030” builds on the analysis of the energy supply and demand of 26 countries, which account for 74 per cent of projected global total final energy consumption in 2030. IRENA collaborates with member states and research institutions for “REmap 2030,” which derives its objective from the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 40 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption:  H.E. The Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, discussing the “REmap 2030″ report at IRENA’s FT Question Time in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Panelist of the debate included Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup; Dr José Goldemberg, Professor, University of São Paulo; Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power International; and Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies (IASS).

 

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ADSW to welcome 30,000 attendees from 172 countries

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will welcome an estimated 30,000 attendees at more than 30 events from January 18-25, making it one of the largest global gatherings to date dedicated to the wider adoption of renewable energies and sustainable development.

Over seven days in the UAE capital, decision makers from government, industry, academia and civil society will address some of the world’s most urgent energy and sustainability challenges, including the economics of renewable energies, the effects of water scarcity, and the impact on the environment and natural resources of population growth and our ever expanding cities.

Further raising Abu Dhabi’s profile as a global platform to address issues at the heart of the energy-water-and-waste nexus, ADSW 2014 is expected to attract attendees from 172 countries, up from 155 nations last year.

“With the World Future Energy Summit as its cornerstone, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will set a new benchmark both for attendee numbers – 30,000 up from 26,000 last year – and new initiatives launched,” said Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director. “Crucially, the more than 30 events over the seven days of January 18-25 will open doors to the substantial commercial opportunities of sustainable development and renewable energy, as well as debate the necessary progress in policy and technology to achieve a sustainable future.”

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will include more than 30 events across a variety of platforms, from high-level discussions to public awareness campaigns. New this year will be the Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, hosted on Jan 21 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which will gather private and public sector experts to share knowledge, experience and best practice on converting renewable energy investment into secure employment opportunities.

Also on January 21, China Day will celebrate China’s recent membership of IRENA and growing status in the renewable energies sector, encouraging greater collaboration in renewable energy projects in MENA and international markets.

ADSW 2014 will also stage the first Blue Economy Summit, organised by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Republic of Seychelles, to focus attention on policy frameworks for the conservation of oceans and the sustainable development of ocean-linked communities.

Outside the exhibitions halls, The Festival @ Masdar City from January 24-25 will take the sustainability message into the community, with food stands, market stalls and family entertainment promoting sustainable living to UAE residents.

 

 

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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week from January 18 to 24 is one of the region’s biggest green events and will attract delegates from across the region… and the world. In 2013, it welcomed more than 30,000 participants from over 150 countries, this year is expected to be even bigger

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, brings world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, scientists, business leaders and academics together.
They will discuss, debate, and ultimately address the energy and sustainability challenges for the future. Last year it concentrated on tackling energy, water and environment issues, along with empowering younger generations and entrepreneurs of the region.
The 2014 programme will feature a series of complementary events, conferences and exhibitions, including: The International Water Summit; The Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference; The Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony; The International Renewable Energy Agency meeting; and Ecowaste.
Full details of all the ADSW events at www. abudhabisustainabilityweek.com

World Future Energy Summit
The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The summit includes a conference, an international exhibition, the Project & Finance Village, the Young Future Energy Leaders programme, as well as a number of corporate meetings and concurrent social events. It is hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renowned renewable energy company, and will be held on January 20-22.
Creating a sustainable, solar energy industry should be a top regional priority, according to a senior executive of First Solar, one of the world’s leading solar energy companies, and exhibitor at the World Future Energy Summit.
In an interview for the World Future Energy Summit, Christopher Burghardt, First Solar’s vice president of business development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “The MENA region obviously has the sun, a fantastic and abundant resource, making it a natural hub for solar energy. The eyes of the world are on the MENA region in terms of development of solar energy, with a lot of leading companies here, making big investments. We believe that MENA will be one of the leading regions, if not the leading region, for solar energy in the future.”
More details of attendees at www. worldfutureenergysummit.com

International Water Summit
The International Water Summit (IWS), also held from January 20-22, is a unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions. IWS fosters innovation, best practice and collaboration to offer tangible solutions to the pressing issue of water scarcity.
Dr Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, President of the Arab Water Council, who will be attending IWS, said that with the Middle East being one of the driest zones in the world, the issue of water must be taken seriously to help meet the challenges of water security.
He said: “Governments need to address the priority needs to ensure there is sufficient water for their populations. They can start by preparing water plans for the short, medium and long term. They can also assess the available fresh water resources and develop them, and consider the non-conventional water resources including wastewater, salt water, wadi water and non-renewable groundwater.”
“The International Water Summit is undoubtedly a key event for the Middle East as it faces increasing pressure to find solutions to the issue of water scarcity caused by its hot climate and arid environment,” said Lila Thompson at British Water, water experts from the United Kingdom have announced they will be sharing their vast knowledge in this area at the IWS 2014.
Ara Fernezian, Divisional Managing Director – UAE for Reed Exhibitions, said: “The issues of water scarcity, especially in arid regions like the Middle East, require global collaboration, and equally regional companies and authorities can share their own unique expertise with the world. The international water community is committed to raising the key issues of water sustainability to governments and corporations, and they view the International Water Summit as a critical platform to facilitate discussion and dialogue.
“The IWS 2014 exhibition will offer unlimited business opportunities to network and share case studies, bestpractice and new technologies for longterm water solutions. The key topics for the IWS conference programme include integrated water resource management, water governance and strategy, water security and future water sustainability.” More details at www.iwsabudhabi.com

EcoWASTE
EcoWASTE is a new exhibition from January 20 to 22 for sustainable waste management and recycling. In its first edition, EcoWASTE is expected to attract over 50 leading local and international suppliers and more than 2,000 regional buyers and professionals.
Several companies from the UAE, including Averda Waste Management, Green Mountains and Emirates Environmental Solutions (Mualaja) Holding, will showcase their latest and most innovative technologies. They will be joined by international organisations from Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States, such as the ALBA Group, Eldan Recycling, MariMatic Oy and MTB.
In addition, a series of seminars presented by many EcoWASTE exhibitors and partners will serve as a platform for knowledge exchange, networking and business opportunities. Systems for waste collection and sorting, waste treatment infrastructure and innovative solutions for waste management are only some of the topics up for discussion. Seminars are open to all 2,000+ expected visitors during the exhibition open days.
More details at www.ecowaste.ae

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) General Assembly Meeting
IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, dedicated to promoting the adoption and sustainable use of all forms of energy from renewable sources.
As of January 2012, the membership of IRENA comprises 155 states and the European Union (EU), with 86 of its member states and the EU having endorsed the Statute. The assembly meeting is closed to the public. GA meeting is on January 18 and 19. More details at www.irena.org

Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards and Gala Dinner
The Zayed Future Energy Prize is an $ 4 million annual award, established by the UAE leadership to recognise and award excellence in renewable energy and sustainability across the globe. Held in honour of the founding father of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who championed sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Prize is awarded across five categories – Large Corporation, Small Medium Enterprise, Non-Governmental Organisation, Lifetime Achievement and Global High Schools. Winners of the sixth edition will be announced at the awards ceremony, as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. January 20.
More details at www. zayedfutureenergyprize.com

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IRENA confirms first permanent diplomatic representatives

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) received its first two permanent representatives last week. This will be a key step to build up the diplomatic functions of the young organisation’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

Representatives of the UAE and Germany presented their credentials to IRENA’s Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, at ceremonies in Abu Dhabi.

Amin said: “The appointment of permanent representatives reinforces IRENA’s partnership with the UAE, Germany and other member countries, strengthening international cooperation to capitalise on the huge market changes that are making renewable energy a competitive, realistic option around the world.”

Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, a former IRENA Council chair is now newly appointed as UAE Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary.

He said: “IRENA is the first major multilateral organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East, and it heralds an era of change in the heart of the energy industry.”

The German Ambassador to the UAE, Nikolai von Schoepff, said: “The quick accreditation of Germany is significant proof of the increasingly important role IRENA is playing as the international organisation for the promotion of renewable energy and the sustainable use of all its forms.”

As part of the UAE’s commitment as host country, IRENA will move by 2015 to a purpose-built headquarters building in Abu Dhabi’s low-carbon, Masdar City.

IRENA will hold its 4th General Assembly in Abu Dhabi on January 18 and 19, kicking off the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

 

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