Abu Dhabi hailed as clean energy hub
Abu Dhabi, January 21, 2010
Abu Dhabi has been hailed as the centre of the clean energy revolution that is going on around the world as the World Future Energy Summit, hosted by Masdar, came to a close today.
The UAE capital has strengthened its position as a platform for the development and commercialisation of renewable energy through four days of high level discussions and innovative exhibitors, said analysts
More than 23,000 people attended the summit, representing a 25 percent increase over the 2009 figures.
Some of the world’s foremost policy makers, academics, and business leaders in renewable energy attended representing more than 130 countries.
Abu Dhabi has hosted the summit for the third year, demonstrating its commitment to promoting and advancing innovation, research and regulation of the future and renewable energy, globally, said a statement.
Abu Dhabi’s role in shaping the future of the future energy continues to grow, and has been boosted by IRENA’s decision to locate its global headquarters in the capital.
The event has been hailed as a success by many, and is a further boost to Abu Dhabi’s position as a renewable energy hub. Ed Milliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for the UK, said: “I think this is the centre of the clean energy revolution that is going on around the world.”
The summit has, this year, attracted more political engagement than ever before with more than 100 government delegations attending. The strong numbers are clear testament to the continued momentum that is building around renewable energy, the statement said.
Ara Fernezian, group exhibition director at Reed, the show organiser, said: “The event has exceeded our original expectations by more than 15 per cent. Such record numbers of people involved is testament to Abu Dhabi’s growing status as a hub for renewable energy.”
Exhibitors have also acknowledged the role the Summit is playing in helping facilitate business and development opportunities. Sectors most represented include energy, solar, wind, environment, green building and water. –TradeArabia News Service