The World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

This is a summary of links to the events at The World Future Energy Summit  in Abu Dhabi last week which David and I attended as guests of the  Masdar Institute.  Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s state-owned clean energy firm, the summit  featured the Project Village, roundtable discussions and the Young Future Energy Leaders program. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi sees renewable energy as the way to power its future. Masdar plans to invest $15 billion in renewable energy projects such as the world’s flagship carbon-free city in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. see summary of highlights.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize Zayed awards were presented at the Emirate Palace in Abu Dhabi, see winners-2012-01-18. The award for SME & NGO category went to the Carbon Disclosure Project, an independent not-for-profit organization working to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable water use by business and cities.

The long list of world leaders including the Prime minister of China, companies and academics attending as well as Abu Dhabi’s commitment to education and investment in Renewable Energy were impressive. However, it seems that the lack of global pricing and markets for carbon emissions is hampering the considerable progress and investment in this area.

There was very strong presence of the United Nations in the conference including Ban Ki-Moon the secretary general. Beyond the need to address climate change the issue that galvanizes the United Nations is that one in five people on the planet lacks access to electricity and many more use wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook meals and heat homes, exposing themselves and their families to harmful smoke and fumes, see powering sustainable energy for all.