REEEP attends the 7th World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is one of the world’s foremost events dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. This yearly event includes a large-scale Conference, an international Exhibition, the Project & Finance Village, the Young Future Energy Leaders program, Zayed Future Energy Prize as well as a number of corporate meetings and concurrent social events. The event is hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company, and staged at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Building on the high profile successes of WFES 2013, the 7th annual gathering of future energy’s world leaders will be home to brilliant minds and inspiring thinkers for three days of expert debate and world class innovation in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

This year, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership REEEP is again present to connect with other players in the field as well as to showcase our impressive portfolio of supported clean energy projects and our work in knowledge management and open dataREEEP/REIL will host a plenary session on day 3 (22 Jan, in the morning) again – James Cameron will moderate and REEEP’s  Director General Martin Hiller will speak. In addition to this, there will be a data-related session with IT and Operations Director Florian Bauer. Continue reading “REEEP attends the 7th World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi”

Linked Open Data for Sustainability & Climate Change Development – discuss with us!

Last week,  the Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon), from 16-18 Sept in Geneva, set out to answer three key questions in the global (Linked) Open Data (LOD) effort:

REEEP project implementers meet at Vienna Energy Forum

Our team from REEEP spend the best part of last week at the Vienna Energy Forum – also hosting the reception on Wednesday evening where apart from our Director General Martin Hiller and Chris Barton (Chairman of REEEP’s Governing Board and Head of International and Domestic Energy Security at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change) we also had the honour of Dr Kandeh Yumkella addressing the audience.

In parallel to the panels and speeches of the conference, REEEP ran a two-day workshop with our project implementers and staff from our Regional Secretariats. For me this was an exiting and very welcome opportunity to get to know the beneficiaries of REEEP funding for clean energy projects. Our last programme call invited proposals that addressed the issues of energy and food, up-scaling of successful business models for renewable energy and energy efficiency and projects that address the provision and innovative use of reliable energy data. Continue reading “REEEP project implementers meet at Vienna Energy Forum”

Renewable Energy Policy and Market Development Worldwide conference

Last Friday, March 22nd, REEEP co-organized the Renewable Energy Policy and Market Development Worldwide event here at Vienna’s International Center. Of course, REEEP staff attended and our Director General spoke.
The conference consisted of several interesting presentations and a discussion round. Speakers and their presentations were:

Green ICT for Sustainable Consumption – a Responder Event

While most of the REEEP team spend last week at Abu Dhabi’s WFES2013, I stayed here in Vienna and attended the RESPONDER Event Green ICT (Information and Communication Technology) for Sustainable Consumption (17th/18th of January). RESPONDER deals with potential political, social and economic contradictions between sustainable consumption and economic growth and tries to find links by getting together researchers, policy makers and industry representatives.

Last week’s conference in Vienna focused on Smart Meters and Smart Grids on the first day and on Cloud Computing on the second. I must say that it was a very well organized and interesting gathering of a mixed crowd that included people from academic institutions as well as government departments  and some from business backgrounds. Continue reading “Green ICT for Sustainable Consumption – a Responder Event”

Show Director’s Message for November: WFES2013 hosts prestigious International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi (ADIREC)

30,000 attendees from the energy and environment industries are expected to convene in Abu Dhabi this coming January for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), making it the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East.

ADSW is a global platform that addresses the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread acceleration and adoption of sustainable development and renewable energy.

As the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the sixth World Future Energy Summit (15-17 January 2013) is proud to be the host venue of the biennial Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC). Continue reading “Show Director’s Message for November: WFES2013 hosts prestigious International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi (ADIREC)”

Durban Climate Change Conference – high expectations?

We might be the last generation with the capacity to act in our struggle to mitigate climate change.

The future looks bleak; recent disasters such as the floods in Australia can almost definitely be attributed to global warming, and most experts take an increase in temperature of several degrees Celsius for granted.

Today, Monday November 28th, the next United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off in Durban, South Africa. Expectations, and likewise publicity, are dampened. The declared goal of this recurring get-together is to limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius.

To reach this goal we will have to reduce CO2 emissions by 95% until 2050, but I am afraid German Chancellor Angelika Merkel is right when she says she has “little hope” of this happening.co2.gif Continue reading “Durban Climate Change Conference – high expectations?”