Renewable energy: Our fundamental choice today

The future of renewable energies is a fundamental choice, not a foregone conclusion of technological and economic trends.

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This is one of the key messages of the Global Futures Report that REN21 launched in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit. But the key question remains: Are we managing to make the right choice in time?

Along with 30,000 energy experts, the World Future Council and I start 2013 in Abu Dhabi at the first Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. While I am discussing the future of our energy system with representatives from governments, regulators, the private sector, international organisations and civil society, daily news remind and warn me of the huge challenges we are facing. [Read more →]

January 18, 2013   No Comments

Room for growth? Regenerative development in the Gulf

Qatar has the highest per capita CO₂ emissions in the world and 7 planets would be needed if everyone lived like an average citizen of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). With these opening remarks we kicked off the side event of the HafenCity University, World Wildlife Fund and World Future Council in at the UNFCCC COP18 in Doha. The ingredients for a fruitful discussion on the future of resilient and regenerative Gulf States were already there.

All the panellists agreed that water will be the main challenge for Gulf States as sea levels rise and the availability of fresh water is likely to decrease in the future. Since most Gulf cities sit on the coastline, a sea level rise of just 1 metre will directly impact 41,500 km² of land and 37 million people, while a sea level rise of 5 metres would impact 113,000 km² in the GCC.  [Read more →]

December 10, 2012   No Comments

Our COP18 Side Events

The World Future Council’s Climate and Energy team is currently at COP18 in Doha, Qatar to promote best policies for renewable energy and regenerative urban development. We are participating in three main events:

The Renewable Energy Revolution –
Lessons Applied in the Middle East and Africa

30 Nov 2012, 1:15—2:45 pm: Germany’s feed-in tariff policy (REFIT) delivered the basis for an ambitious energy transition with phasing out nuclear and provides a blueprint for countries worldwide. How can REFITs work in Africa and the Middle East? Speakers: Ansgar Kiene, World Future Council; Arne Jungjohann, Heinrich Boell Foundation; Joseph Nganga, Renewable Energy Ventures Kenya.

Climate Change Resilience and the Role of Regenerative Cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

3 Dec 2012, 3 – 4:30 pm: GCC countries have developed rapidly due to fossil fuel revenues leading to unsustainable resource consumption. Vulnerability to climate change threatens development in the region. Experts will discuss projected impacts of climate change and response strategies including ‘regenerative’ development. Speakers: Stefan Schurig, World Future Council; Herbert Girardet, World Future Council; Ida Tillisch, EWS-WWF; Dr. Nejib Saab, Arab Forum for Environemnt and Development; Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Tasneem Essop, WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative.

Building a Sustainable Future – Unlocking the Energy Challenge

6 Dec 2012 6:30-7:30 pm: As part of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012, Harvard Business Review, together wtih Future Influencers, an exclusive think tank working group initiated by Siemens enabling high-level discussions and collaborations on sustainability topics, will feature a panel discussion and webinar on actions, solutions and leadership as well as the challenges and opportunities in the future of energy and unlocking the green potential.

Join the interactive webinar live from Doha.

Panellists: Anna Leidreiter, World Future Council; Barbara Kux, Siemens AG;  Jennifer Morgan, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute;  Gregory Unruh, The Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Managment, Thunderbird School of Global Management; Kali Taylor, President, Student Energy; Gatien Bon, Youth Diplomacy, Harvard Kennedy School.

November 27, 2012   1 Comment