World Leaders Discuss Future of Renewables

GLOBAL – Representatives of over 140 countries, including more than 80 energy ministers and six heads of government have attended venues around the world, to address the global expansion of renewables.Delegates have attended the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, followed by the International Renewable Energy Conference ADIREC and the World Future Energy Summit.

Germany’s Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said: “From oil to solar energy, from coal to wind energy – more and more countries are switching to renewable energies. In Germany we are global pioneers with our Energiewende – the transformation of the energy system – but we are by no means alone.

“In recent months there has been an impressive increase internationally in the political commitment to the expansion of renewable energies. Many countries have launched a transformation of their energy systems. This is also thanks to the work of IRENA, which is becoming an increasingly important hub internationally, as we had hoped when we set it up.”

With its development cooperation, Germany is one of the largest bilateral donors in the field of sustainable energy, pledging 1.8 billion euros in 2011. It will continue to work with its partners worldwide on the global expansion of renewables.

Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Development Ministry in Germany, added: “The development of IRENA illustrates how strong demand for renewables has become in many countries and the important role renewables are already playing internationally.

“Sustainable energy is a key issue for the future. It is also a central element of German development cooperation, which is increasingly focusing on cross-sectoral concepts for sustainable energy such as the nexus approach of combining energy, water and food security. This approach will be addressed in detail for the first time for the energy sector as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.”