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World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012

Highlights for Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Masdar
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Winners and runners-up of the Zayed Future Energy Prize (L-R): Jean-Pascal Tricore, Schneider Electric; Ashok Gadgil, University of California; Paul Dickinson, Carbon Disclosure Project; HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; Damian Miller, Founder and CEO of Orb Energy; Eric Pooley, Environmental Defense Fund; Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director-General, Zayed Future Energy Prize.

On Tuesday, the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 was organized around the theme of “Business and Policy Forum.” In the morning, participants attended plenary panel discussions by business leaders in sustainable energy and international agencies. In the afternoon, participants attended parallel sessions on wind power, natural gas, energy efficiency, cities, transportation, China, rural development, and capacity building. During an evening reception, the 2011 Zayed Future Energy Prize was awarded to Schneider Electric, Ashok Gadgil, and the Carbon Disclosure Project.

In a keynote address, Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency (IEA), underlined that the global financial crisis and the Fukushima nuclear disaster have affected government energy policies and demoted climate change on the political agenda.

Panelists in the business leaders in future energy plenary session agreed on the need to continue investing in emerging markets, with Tulsi Tanti, Chairman, Suzlon, saying this can transform obstacles into opportunity. Juan Araluce, President, Vestas, and Frank Wouters, Director, Masdar Power, emphasized economies of scale and scalability. Bjørn Haugland, DNV, highlighted investments in research and development as companies transition from renewable pilot projects. Steve Bolze, General Electric, said investments in new technologies will be critical in the longer-term. Mark Carne, Shell, pointed out that 2012 will be the first year that Shell produces more gas than oil. Jim Brown, First Solar, said that supply stacks, including photovoltaics and renewable energy, can insulate the market from price volatility risk. Steve O’Rouke, Sun Edison, said addressing engineering issues is the next challenge for photovoltaic technology. Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President, Schneider Electric, emphasized the need for low cost energy.

During a plenary session on insights from international agencies, Adnan Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), suggested governments create an environment that encourages private sector investment in renewables. S. Vijay Iyer, World Bank, said governments can justify using renewable energies across numerous sectors, and encouraged applying funds to leverage the private sector. Jim Leape, Director General, WWF International, stressed the importance of renewable energy efficiency and using arguments beyond climate change. Mohammed El-Ashry, Chairman, REN21, emphasized the need for public and private support for innovation to enter the marketplace. Marcel Engel, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, said business needs predictability to scale up. Timothy Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation, suggested complementary approaches for sustainable energy and economic growth, such as efficiency incentives. Carlos Dora, World Health Organization, stressed complementarities in environment, energy, and health, saying people need to understand concrete benefits from change.


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Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Business Leaders in Future Energy panel

Juan Araluce, President, Vestas, emphasized economies
of scale and scalability and said that significant growth
in renewable energy will come from existing markets
James Brown, President,
Utility Systems Business Group First Solar, US

Steve Bolze, President and CEO, GE Power and Water, US
Bjørn Haugland, COO, DNV, Norway

Steve O'Rourke, Senior VP and Chief Strategy
Officer, Sun Edison MEMC, US
Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President and CEO, Schneider Electric, France

Mark Carne, Executive VP, Shell International, UAE
Tulsi Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon, India

Frank Wouters, Director, Masdar Power, UAE
Delegate participating during the interactive session

IRENA pavillion with REEEP, REN21, and IISD booths
Department of Municipal Affairs for Abu Dhabi City

Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman, AB, Sweden
Side Event on Masdar City, a Special Economic Zone

Tom Heap, Broadcaster, BBC, UK, moderating during the Insights from the International Agencies

Mohammed El-Ashry, Chairman, REN21 and
Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation
S. Vijay Iyer, Director, Department of Sustainable Energy, World Bank

Carlos Dora, Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization (WHO)
Timothy Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation

Participant asking the panel a question.
Jim Leape, Director General, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International

Adnan Amin, Director General, IRENA
Participants play an active role in panel discussions.

Keynote speaker Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman,
IPCC, said no limits exist to the potential for renewable sources
of energy, including solar, geothermal, and hydropower
Panel on Transforming Cities: Establishing Sustainable Communities (L-R): Peter Sharratt, Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP; Rutu Dave, Climate Change Specialist, CF-Assist, Climate Change Practice, World Bank Institute; Alan Frost, Director, Masdar City; Rex Parris, Mayor, Lancaster, CA, US; Mary Walsh, London Leader, London Sustainable Development Commission, UK

Andrew Beebe (left), CCO, Suntech, China, speaking on China meeting its long-term energy goals

Panel on Wind: Powering Up (L-R): Luis Adao da Fonseca, Chief Business Development Officer, EDP, Portugal; Andrew Garrad, President, Garrad Hassan, UK; Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council; Eddie O’Connor, CEO, Mainstream Renewable Power, Ireland; Inigo Sabater Elzaguirre, VP Government Relations, Vestas Mediterranean; Aart Schreij, Project Manager, London Array, Masdar, UAE;

Panel on Energy Efficiency: The Key to Carbon Reduction (L-R): Morten Mauritzen, President, Exxon Mobil affiliates in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Frank Ackland, Digital Energy General Manager, Middle East & Africa, GE, US; Kornelis Blok, Director of Science, Ecofys, and Professor Sustainable Energy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; Sascha Brozek, Global Head of Building Automation Solutions, Senior Vice President, Siemens Schwiez, Switzerland; Rámon Baeza, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, Spain; Benoit Dubarle, VP Buildings Business, Middle East & Africa, Schneider Electric, France; Pejman Norastehfar, Head of the EcoCommercial Building Program, Bayer Material Science, UAE; Hiroshi Ogawa, General Manager, Strategic Business Development, Machinery and Steel Infrastructure Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan

Young Future Energy Leaders debate on solar panel tariffs
Masdar Pavillion


Masdar exhibit
Vestas exhibit

Panel on Education, Training and Development (L-R): Eesa Bastaki, CEO, ICT Fund, UAE; Rafic Makki, Abu Dhabi Education Council, UAE; Peter Heath, Chancellor, American University of Sharjah, UAE; Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE Wyatt Hume, Provost, UAE University, UAE; Tod Laursen, President, Khalifa University, UAE; Lauren Wilson, Provost, Zayed University, UAE

Panel on Natural Gas (L-R): Bernard Esselinckx, CEO, Al Suwadi Power Company; Rob Gardner, Exxon Mobil; Michael Ladwig, Gas Power Plant Alstom; Ruud Weijermars, Director, Delft Unconventional Gas Research Program, Delft University of Technology; Crispian McCredie, Alboran Energy Strategy Consultants; Ernst Moniz, Professor, MIT; and Evgeniy Nadezhdin, Russia Energy Agency discuss the role of gas in the energy mix.

Moderator Ralph Sims, Director, Centre for Energy Research, Massey University, New Zealand, speaking during the Energy and Rural Development panel

Alain Flausch, Secretary-General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP), moderating the panel discussion: Sustainable Transportation: Systems, Policies and Technologies

Signature of MoU between IRENA and REN21 (L-R):
Adnan Amin, Director General, IRENA, and Mohamed
El-Ashry, Chairman, REN21's Steering Committee
Kimo Goree, Director, IISD, introducing the Sustainable Energy
Policy & Practice
knowledgebase to Karsten Sach, Germany; Adnan Amin, IRENA; and Michael Corbin, US Ambassador to the UAE.

Fatih Birol, IEA, speaking with other delegates during the coffee break
Juan Araluce, President, Vestas, speaking with a reporter

Joanna Dafoe (right), Outreach Coordinator, IISD,
discussing IISD products with a participant.
Delegates enjoying some lunch near the model
replica of the ADNEC convention center grounds.

Abengoa exhibit and presentation
Hareon Solar exhibit

Participants at the registration desk.
Participant at a display.

Siemens exhibit
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