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DIREC 2010
Highlights for Wednesday, 27 October 2010

On Wednesday, 27 October 2010, the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) convened in New Delhi, India. Over 9000 participants from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector met in the main conference hall, parallel workshops and attended an exposition with nearly 550 exhibitors.

During the morning, participants met in plenary to discuss the journey from Johannesburg to Delhi and the DIREC theme "up-scaling and mainstreaming renewables for energy security, climate change and economic development," among others.

In the afternoon, three parallel roundtables met, composed of ministers, Multistakeholders and CEOs, followed by a joint forum bringing together lessons from the three roundtables.

Enormous banners adorned the outside of the conference center.
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Participants registering for the DIREC conference.
Deepak Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India, and Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India.

Welcome and Introductory Statements

The dais observing a moment of silence for the recently departed renewable energy icon, Hermann Scheer (an image of whom is visible on the screen in the background).
Farooq Abdullah, MNRE, India.
Michael T. Eckhart, President, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) & Co-chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE).
Jürgen Becker, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany.
Liu Qi, Vice Minister, China National Energy Administration.
Arun Majumdar, Director, U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
Kadri Nassiep, CEO, South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI).

Discussion on: Up-scaling and Mainstreaming Renewables for Energy Security, Climate Change and Economic Development

Mohamed El-Ashry, Chairman, REN21.
Deepak Gupta, MNRE, India.
Rajendra K Pachauri, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), listening to the speakers.

Discussion on the Road to Cancún

Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Rajendra Pachauri, TERI and IPCC.

Green Economy and the Role of Renewables

The audience listening to discussions on Green Economy and the Role of Renewables.
Sylvie Lemmet, UNEP, and Maud Olofsson, Ministry of Energy and Enterprise, Sweden.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, India.
Maud Olofsson, Minister for Energy and Enterprise, Sweden.
Sylvie Lemmet, Director, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), moderated the session.

Vision 2020: Role of Renewables for energy security, climate change, and economic development

Panelists from left to right: Roberto Menia, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, Italy; Richard H. Jones, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA); moderator Shyam Saran, former Special Envoy to Indian Prime Minister on Climate Change; Arthouros Zervos, President, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and European Renewable Energy Council (EREC); and A.S. Sambo, Director General, Energy Commission of Nigeria.

Vision 2020: Role of Renewables for energy security, climate change and economic development
Demonstration booth for the Lighting a Billion Lives initiative at the Renewable Energy Village outside the DIREC conference center.
Dance performance inside the Renewable Energy Village.
Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO, and Deepak Gupta and Farooq Abdullah, Ministry for New and Renewable Energy, India, watch a performance by traditional Indian dancers.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, India, giving an interview with the press.

AFTERNOON PARALLEL SESSIONS

CEO Roundtable
The CEO roundtable, moderated by Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), met in the afternoon to discuss the role of the private sector in the field of renewable energy. Participants included representatives from the wind and solar energy sectors.

Ministerial Discussion
Participants at the Ministerial Discussion, moderated by Prannoy Roy, Chairman, NDTV, focused on challenges to global action on energy, options for quick solution and whether technology can enable renewables to dominate the energy industry.

Multistakeholder Discussion
Participants at the Multistakeholder Discussion, moderated by David Hales, President, College of the Atlantic, called for a renewable revolution and said that international political discussions need to begin addressing unsustainable production and consumption.

Joint Ministerial - Multistakeholder - CEO 'Straight Talk'
The day came to a close with the gathering together of the parallel session moderators to discuss and summarize their respective sessions.
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