World Future Energy Summit 2009 in Abu Dhabi

In April 2006, Abu Dhabi took a bold and historic decision to embrace renewable and sustainable energy technologies. As the first major hydrocarbonproducing nation to take such a step, it has established its leadership position by launching Masdar, a global cooperative platform for open engagement in the search for solutions to some of mankind’s most pressing issues: energy security, climate change and truly sustainable human development. In order to achieve the long-term goals of Masdar it was deemed essential to pool together the highest level of expertise, investors and suppliers – hence the birth of the “World Future Energy Summit”, which will take place for the second time from January 19-21, 2009. The debate is expected to be very strong again with a large number of top government officials, heads of large international organisations, leading environmentalists and global investors sharing the stage. The themes of the summit this year include:

• Energy policy
• Investment and funding
• Green buildings
• Clean transport
• Solar
• Wind
• Biofuels
• Ocean power
• Geothermal
• Waste to energy
• Fuel cells
• Carbon management
• Environmental strategy

The World Future Energy Summit will stage a global summit of leadership coming together to discuss key issues around sustainable and alternative energy solutions and technologies. An international exhibition will showcase the latest developments in future energy solutions with an innovation zone, a future technology theatre, an investment zone and numerous networking opportunities. The World Future Energy Summit will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, located between the city centre and the airport. Amon the keynote speakers are: HE Mohamed bin Dhaen Al Hamli, Minister of Energy, UAE; Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, MASDAR, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company; Dan Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Lab, USA; Susan Hockfield, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud, Head of Business and Industry Policy, WWF; Dr. Gerd Leipold, International Executive Director, Greenpeace; Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency; Prof. Dr. Wubbo J. Ockels, Dutch astronaut, Director of Aerospace for Sustainable Engineering and Technology, Delft University, The Netherlands; Dr. Hermann Scheer, President of EUROSOLAR, General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway.

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