The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) will return to the UAE capital’s Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) from April 5–7, 2021, with a broader market focus and expanded business agenda.
Organised by Reed Exhibitions, the business event will feature a new, three-day format, bringing together stakeholders from government and private sectors, finance, technology providers, innovators, academics and industry leaders.
During the week attendees will experience a programme of accelerated business meetings and networking delivered by the dedicated Sustainability Business Connect team.
Grant Tuchten, Group Event Director - World Future Energy Summit, highlighted the range of new business, education and networking features for 2021.
"The revised, multi-pronged format of the event will offer attendees the opportunity to conduct business and engage with industry colleagues through a platform of their choice: whether on the exhibition floor or in a virtual meeting space,” he said.
“As the region’s most important platform for business and innovation, our primary goal is to connect buyers and sellers, and offer exceptional value for all stakeholders that cannot be achieved through any other format. The event will showcase thousands of innovations, technologies and present best practices for the future, supporting a more sustainable approach to a global economic recovery,” he added.
A recent report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) showed that accelerating investment in renewable energy could power an economic recovery with worldwide GDP gains of almost $100 trillion over the next 30 years. In response, the Agency’s Director-General, Francesco La Camera, urged governments to invest in renewable energy in order to stimulate economic growth while helping to meet climate targets.
“Over the past 13 years, the Summit has firmly established itself as the leading global platform for, not only future energy, but sustainability and green technology, too. The event has been carefully curated to maximise networking and business opportunities in the fast-evolving future of the energy and sustainability sectors,” said Tuchten.
The Summit will feature a newly formed Climate and Environment Expo & Forum, which will showcase the latest advancements, innovative technologies and best practice to help accelerate the business of local and global climate resilience. There will also be an expanded Energy Forum covering key topics such as green hydrogen, energy storage and digitalisation.
The other five expos and forums include Energy, Water, Solar, Smart Cities and the co-located EcoWASTE Exhibition & Forum in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Centre for Waste Management – Tadweer.
The Summit will also host the fourth Climate Innovations Exchange (CLIX), launched to explore the world’s most innovative technologies to combat climate change challenges, as well as to provide a dynamic and agile platform that connects start-ups and investors. The 2021 event will feature two new themes: Smart Cities and Climate Resilience, in addition to Energy, Food, Agriculture and Space.
“It is here that ideas become technology, and technology becomes practical solutions,” added Tuchten. “The Climate Innovations Exchange continues the search for sustainable solutions and helps prepare for the challenges that await us in the future.”
Since the inaugural event in 2008, the summit has grown to host 34,000 visitors from 125 countries and, earlier this year, featured 840 exhibiting companies and brands. According to economic impact data from Adnec, the 2020 summit delivered AED150 million ($40.8 million) to the business economy, supported 738 jobs and generated 24,220 room nights with 96% of international visitors highlighting they were likely to return to Abu Dhabi for leisure.- TradeArabia News Service