United Arab Emirates (January 19, 2010) - The
first day of the World Future Energy Summit, that started on Monday
January 18th, and hosted by Masdar, witnessed unprecedented
attendance by world leaders, policy makers and influencers in
renewable energy as well as investors in sustainable energy,
academics and opinion leaders in addition to media representing
more than 130 countries.
The number of attendees in the first day of WFES which is
continuing until Thursday January 21st reached 9,252 people.
Speaking at the Opening Plenary Rajendra Kumar Pachauri,
Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute, says "an
upsurge in action at the grassroots level is needed," he continued
"It is our children and grandchildren that will face the brunt of
He also pointed to the need to subdue the constraints that might
hinder developing nations from receiving the financial support and
access to new technologies that they need. During his speech
he said, "business as usual not acceptable as risk of climate
The Summit activities at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
(ADNEC) witnessed participation of representatives of more than 130
countries as organizers expect 20,000 persons to participate in the
activities taking place throughout the summit days.
More than 600 exhibitors from 50 nations are showcasing their
latest solutions and technologies in renewable energy and the
environment across more than 40, 000 square meters of space. The
Exhibition has seen 100% increase in the number of national
pavilions compared to the previous year.
The summit activities kicked off with a plenary forum hosting
ministers of energy and environment from North America, Europe,
Middle East and Africa. They discussed necessary procedures to
counterbalance increasing demand for energy and socio economic
requirements and leveraging energy infrastructure to drive economic
growth while preserving the environment and achieving sustainable
One of the more significant announcements made on the first day
of the event came from Abu Dhabi state-owned Masdar indicating its
first carbon capture and storage (CCS) project would be cutting
greenhouse gas emissions in the United Arab Emirates by the end of
The UAE is one of the world's largest emitters of
greenhouse gas per capita. Abu Dhabi has pumped billions into clean
energy initiative Masdar as it looks to both cut emissions and
prepare the world's third-largest crude exporter for a future less
dependent on supply of oil.
The first CCS project would capture emissions from a new UAE
steel plant, said Sam Nader, director of Masdar's carbon management
unit told reporters.
Other sessions will discuss results of the Copenhagen UN Conference
on Climate Change, investment aspects and latest technologies in
generating power as well as the emerging CCS sector (Carbon Capture
& Storage) as well as arising work opportunities in the
The summit will also discuss other important issues such as
sustainable architecture and design as participants will debate
social, political and cultural aspects of the transformation to low
carbon societies in addition to studying the lessons learned and
inspired from mega projects that reflect sustainable strategies,
future energy technologies and best practices.
More information on the summit is available