Global Renewable Energy Forum in Brazil
18 May- 21 May 2008 | Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Highlights for Monday, 19 May 2008


 

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José Domingues Miguez, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil, Jaume Margarit i Roset, Director for Renewable Energy, Institute for Energy Saving and Diversification (IDAE), Spain, Katja Lautar, State Secretary, Government Office for Growth, Slovenia, Stephen Karekezi, Director of the African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN) and Rodney Smith, World Business Review, BBC.
 
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On Monday morning, delegates participated on a plenary session on trends in the global energy scenario, moderated by Altino Ventura, Secretary for Energy and Energetic Planning and Development, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) underlined the importance of increasing access to energy, which underpins the ability to achieve sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Anil Kane, President, World Wind Energy Association, said wind power installed capacity is projected to reach 160000 MW over the next three years. Angus Friday, Chairman of the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS), noted that climate change is a key driver to policy and actions towards renewable energy.

On Monday afternoon, there were two plenary sessions, one on linkages between climate change, energy security and renewable energy, and one on market conditions for renewable energy versus fossil fuels. The sessions were moderated by Rodney Smith, World Business Review, BBC. Stephen Karekezi, Director, African Energy Policy Research Network, said the rationale for renewables in Africa is security and the possibility for a new growth in the industry sector. Katja Lautar, State Secretary, Government Office for Growth, Slovenia, underscored the need to restrain energy consumption as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Jaume Margarit, Director for Renewable Energy, Institute for Energy Saving and Diversification (IDAE), Spain, emphasized the need for energy efficiency. José Domingues Miguez, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil, stressed the unequal geographic distribution of greenhouse gas emissions per capita. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), said the energy debate should be framed in terms of sustainable energy versus non-sustainable energy.


Morning Plenary Session
   
Dimtiri Piskounov, Managing Director PTC-UNIDO, said under current trends 1.3 billion people will remain without electricity till 2030.

 
Carlos Arturo Flórez Piedrahita, Secretary-Executive, Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), underscored democratization of modern energy services.
 
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

 

Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu, South Africa

 
Dimitri Piskounov, Managing Director PTC-UNIDO , Altino Ventura, Secretary of Energetic Planning and Development, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil and Carlos Arturo Flórez Piedrahita, Secretary-Executive, Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE)

   
Anil Kane, President, World Wind Energy Association, said renewable energy is no longer a fringe player.

 
Christine Lins, Secretary General of the European Renewable Energy Council, highlighted the EU 20% renewable energy production target to be achieved by 2020.
 
Angus Friday, Chairman of the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS), said that the culture of consumerism is like a culture of bacteria consuming all the life supporting material available and ultimately killing themselves.

“Linkages Between Climate Change, Energy Security and Renewable Energy”

   
Stephen Karekezi, Director of the African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN), noted the differences on the ethanol crop system in Brazil and in African countries.
 
Katja Lautar, State Secretary, Government Office for Growth, Slovenia
 
Jaume Margarit i Roset, Director for Renewable Energy, Institute for Energy Saving and Diversification (IDAE), Spain

 
José Domingues Miguez, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil, said that food security is a false dilemma for Brazil since the country still has available farming land and is not shifting land from food production toward biodiesel production.

 
The sessions were moderated by Rodney Smith, World Business Review, BBC.

“Market Conditions for Renewable Energy versus Fossil Fuels”
Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Leader of Energy and Transitions to New Technologies Programs, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Raúl Sendic, President of the National Administration for Fuels and Portland of Uruguay (ANCAP), Uruguay, Fábio Rosa, Special Representative for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and Rodney Smith, World Business Review, BBC

   
Herbert Greisberger, Secretary-General of the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT)
 
Abeeku Brew-Hammond, University of Science and Technology, Ghana
 
Nebojsa Nakicenovic, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

 
Raúl Sendic, President of the National Administration for Fuels and Portland of Uruguay (ANCAP), Uruguay

 
Fábio Rosa, Special Representative for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), noted that REEEP is a global type II partnership, and focuses on generating green energy and save energy.




Related Links
-Conference Website
-Conference Website (UNIDO)
-Agenda
-Background document

Co-Organizers
-UNIDO
-Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy
-Eletrobas
-ITAIPU BINACIONAL


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