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Governments, Renewable Energy Companies Vow to Take More Action

  • Logo WFES 201391 official delegations and increased attendee and exhibitor numbers confirm the World Future Energy Summit as the leading global gathering for the renewable energy and sustainability industry.
  • Innovation in renewable energy was a key focus of the ADIREC programme on the final day of WFES 2013.
  • Masdar announces a long-term goal to develop desalination plants powered entirely by renewable energy at WFES 2013.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – The 6th World Future Energy Summit, which concluded on January 17, 2013, as a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, has confirmed its influence as the leading global platform for renewable energy solutions with thousands of attendees from 150 countries and increased exhibitor numbers participating in the event.

Event organizers Reed Exhibitions also announced that 70 per cent of space has already been rebooked for the seventh edition of WFES in January 2014.

165 speakers led the discussions during the International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi (ADIREC), hosted by the World Future Energy Summit, which set the global future energy agenda for the next decade and provided a solutions blueprint for the 120 countries that have already set renewable energy targets.

The link between water and energy was clearly made when Masdar, host of the World Future Energy Summit, announced an ambitious long-term goal to develop large-scale commercially-viable desalination plants that are fully powered by renewable energy sources by 2020.

WFES 2013

Innovation was a key focus of today’s ADIREC programme which included sessions on how technology and innovation will shape the future, and the drivers of innovation in future energy technologies. Leading experts sat on panels during parallel sessions on solar energy, wind, geothermal energy, energy storage, innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainable transport and the evolution of hydropower.

While more than 1,000 conference delegates were discussing the need for greater support from governments in terms of policy development, investment and collaboration, thousands more visitors were pouring into the 40,000 square-metre gross exhibition space at WFES 2013 to see the latest technologies and solutions in areas such as energy efficiency, solar energy and electric transport.

650 companies from 40 countries showcased their products to an eager audience, including 70 new product launches.

Ms. Leah Liu, Marketing and Communication Manager from Sun Tech Limited, was delighted with the success of WFES 2013. “This is our fifth time to participate in WFES and we are keen on continuing to be part of this event. We believe this is an excellent platform for reaching international companies and networking with potential partners or clients. So far we have been able to link with our trade customers from the UAE, India and Europe,” said Ms. Liu.

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is another long-time exhibitor at WFES.

“Being part of the oil and gas field makes this event a good platform for ADNOC and its companies to present our perspective and experiences on the issues of sustainability. We are keen on fully applying the international and highest standards to achieve safety and security, using environmentally friendly resources, and we have always been keen on being pioneers of green environmentally friendly initiatives,” said Mr. Ibrahim Mohamad Al-Marzouqi, Manager, Public Relations for ADNOC.

Mr. Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director for event organizer Reed Exhibitions, is delighted with the positive outcomes from the sixth edition of the World Future Energy Summit. “WFES continues to go from strength to strength as the leading world event for the renewable energy and sustainable industries. With 91 official government delegations at the opening ceremony and increased attendee and exhibitor numbers, WFES’s importance on the future energy calendar has been reinforced,” said Mr. El Haddad.