A Glimpse into our Sustainable Future
Posted on January 25, 2013
Last week, the team headed out to Abu Dhabi to attend and exhibit at the sixth World Future Energy Summit 2013 (WFES). WFES is the world's foremost annual event, dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies.
The summit attracted 30,000 people from 150 countries, including world leaders, international policy makers, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia, intellectuals and journalists to discuss (and display) practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges.
French president Francois Hollande told the official inauguration of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week that the world needs to spend more on renewable energy.
Speaking to Reuters TV, Henri Winand, CEO of Intelligent Energy said that the mood at the summit was “very very pragmatic” with money flowing back into deals, which have been shown to make money. (Also found here).
During our stay, we paid a visit to Masdar City, 17km from the centre of Abu Dhabi. Masdar was set up in 2006 with the aim of being “one of the most sustainable cities in the world”. With what is possibly a glimpse into our sustainable future, Masdar operates as a commercially driven renewable energy company to serve as a model of what green urban development can be.
Masdar works through five integrated units, including an independent, research-driven graduate university, and seeks to become a leader in making renewable energy a real, viable business and Abu Dhabi a global centre of excellence in the renewable energy and clean technology category.
So far, six buildings have been completed and already operational, with additional buildings coming soon - at full build-out by 2025, the city is expected to have 40,000 residents and 50,000 commuters.