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renewables2004 
Bonn, Germany, 1- 4 June, 2004


HIGHLIGHTS: Wednesday, 2 June


On Wednesday morning, delegates met in Plenary to consider policies for renewable energy market development. The first part of the session focused on the electricity sector, followed by presentations and discussions on heating and transport. In the afternoon, Plenary sessions focused on financing options, strengthening capacities, and research and technology development. Several side events were also held throughout the day.

 




Bonn's International Conference Center, location of renewables2004.

 


 


Participants in this morning's Plenary session on electricity.


P
anel members of the Plenary session on electricity, Jürgen Trittin and Carlos Magariños.



Jennifer Morgan, Director, Climate Change Programme, WWF and Eminent Expert of the Plenary session on electricity this morning.


Ma Shenghong, China.


Steve Westwell, CEO and President, BP Solar.


Emílio la Rovere, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

MORNING PLENARY SESSIONS

IV: Policies for Renewable Energy Market Development

A: Electricity
Listen to:

Carlos Magariños, Director General, UNIDO, outlining UNIDO's work to bring access to modern energy to some of the estimated 1.8 to 2 billion people who currently live without it.

Ma Shenghong, China, briefing participants on China's Brightness and Township Electrification Programme, which aims to bring modern energy to thousands of remote rural communities.

Aloys Wobben, CEO, Enercon GmbH, presenting the wind energy projects of the Windfarm Bimolton in Germany.

Jayantha Nagendran, Project Director, DFCC Bank, Sri Lanka, briefed participants on an energy services delivery project in Sri Lanka.

Steve Westwell, CEO and President, BP Solar, explained that if solar energy can sustain the rate of cost reductions achieved during the past 30 years, then it should be competitive with mainstream grid-supplied electricity on a price per kilowatt hour basis within 15-20 years.

B: Heat and Transport
Listen to:

Freddie Mothlatlhedi, Director, Energy Affairs SADC South Africa, presenting the SADC Programme for Biomass Energy Conservation in Southern Africa (ProBEC).

Jürg Hofer, City of Basel, Switzerland, briefing participants about municipal policies for the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Sunder Bajgain and Felix ter Heegde, spoke about domestic biogas.

Emílio la Rovere, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, briefed participants on the Brazilian Ethanol Programme that supports biofuels for transport derived from sugar cane.


Carlos Magariños, Director General, UNIDO, and Co-chair of the Plenary session on electricity today.


Aloys Wobben, CEO, Enercon GmbH.



Jayantha Nagendran, Project Director, DFCC Bank, Sri Lanka.


Jürg Hofer, City of Basel, Switzerland.


 
Felix ter Heegde, Netherlands Development Organization, Nepal/Vietnam (above right) and colleague, Sunder Bajgain, Executive Manager, Biogas Support Program Nepal, (above left).
Freddi Mothlatlhedi, Director, Energy Affairs SADC South Africa.

Heat and Transport Plenary panel Thomas Johansson, Director, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Sweden, Renate Künast, and Hans Christian Schmidt.


AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSIONS


Panelists of the Plenary session on Financing Options for Renewable Energies, from left-right: eminent expert Jamal Saghir; Stephan Schmitz; Co-chairs Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul and Leonard Good.


Panelists and Presenters gathered at the podium to answer audience questions after the afternoon Plenary session on financing options for renewable energies.

 

IV: Financing Options for Renewable Energies:
This Plenary session featured presentations on financing options in Bangladesh and the Czech Republic, as well as enterprise development and financial formulas for renewable energy sources.

V: Strenthening Capacities, Research and Technology Development, Institutions:
In this Plenary session, presentations were made on a variety of topics, including geothermal energy training and photovotaics in Germany, among others.


Participants in the observers' gallery during this afternoon's Plenary sessions.


Panelists of the "Strengthening Capacities, Research and Technology Development, Institutions" Plenary session, from left to right: Stephen Karekezi, Director, African Energy Policy Research Network; Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Chairman, Bundestag Committee on Environment and Nuclear Safety, Germany; and Arcado Dennis Ntagazwa, Minister of State for the Environment, Tanzania.



Above photos: Presenters of today's final Plenary Session on Strengthening Capacities, Research and Technology Development, Institutions.


SIDE EVENT:

Day of Geothermal Power

This one-day event covered the state of the art of geothermal power, as well as market development, project set up and implementation and presentations of actions and commitments for the International Action Plan.

Attila Kujbus, Hungary, emphasized the importance of feasibility studies prior to the implementation of geothermal projects.
 

Participants at the "Day of Geothermal Power" event, including Earth Negotiations Bulletin's Catherine Ganzleben (front, right).


AROUND THE CONFERENCE CENTRE


There are many exhibits spread out along the two levels of Bonn's International Conference Center, location of renewables 2004.


The exhibit of the German state of Hesse, on the upper level of the conference center has a maquette of solar powered energy towers.



Chris Spence and Silke Speier busy preparing today's edition of the renewables 2004 Bulletin .


Benoît Lambert, Earthwatch, getting informed at the German Energy Agency (DENA) stand on the upper level.


 

 

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