LEADING EUROPEAN CONGRESS, knowledge platform and trend barometer
THOMASLLOYD CLEANTECH CONGRESS EUROPE
The congress has positioned itself as the knowledge platform and trend barometer for decision-makers in the financial sector, as well as investors, consultants and project developers, focusing on renewable energy infrastructure in Asia.
Over 6,000 visitors on location and15,000 via live Internet stream.
PARALLEL TRADE FAIR
Parallel international trade fair featuring industry exhibitors and Asian government organisations.
Keynote Speaker (Selected):
- President Bill Clinton, Founder, Clinton Foundation, 42nd President of the United States
- Prof. Dr. Justin Yifu Lin, Former Chief Economist and Vice President of the World Bank (2008-2012)
- Lord Nicholas Stern, Former Chief Economist and Vice President of the World Bank (2000-2003)
- Prof. Dr. Dr. mult. Klaus Töpfer, former German Environment Minister
- Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn, Head of the Ifo Institute
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California
- Scheich Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Member of one of the ruling royal families of the United Arab Emirates
T.U. Michael Sieg
Prof. Dr. Justin Yifu Lin
Prof. Peter Guthrie
Decision-makers & visionaries
In his keynote address, former US President Bill Clinton called for greater investment in renewable energies in South East Asia. He sees reduced dependence on imports of fossil fuels as an important driving force here. A good policy framework and sharply declining prices, particularly for photovoltaic systems, would provide favourable conditions for this.
If I were leading a country in South East Asia I would try to produce as much green and sustainable energy as possible. I would use and sell this energy to build a strong portfolio of renewable resources and keep the costs of green energy transmission down in order to make countries and communities less and less dependent on energy imports (…) – the ASEAN countries have huge potential here, said Bill Clinton, former US President speaking at the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress 2014
Former Chief Economist and Vice President of the World Bank, Prof. Dr. Justin Yifu Lin, underscored Asia's positive economic development, providing the latest statistics and impressive figures, and pointed to the region's enormous need for investment. Justin Yifu Lin believes that Asia's golden age will endure. China, for instance, has the potential to grow annually by eight percent for the next 20 years, he stated.
Asia, he said, would require 8.2 trillion US dollars over a period of ten years to build up its national infrastructure, while a further 320 billion US dollars would be required at a regional level.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 38th governor of California and one of the best-known cleantech advocates in the United States, gave a very personal insight into his social and political commitment to renewable energies. Schwarzenegger used the metaphor of a chair that is only stable when it stands on all four legs. What he was saying is that only when efforts to prevent climate change are complemented by the creation of new jobs, the aspect of national security through energy autonomy and the avoidance of illnesses caused by environmental pollution can the problem be considered holistically. His message and success formula for environmental protection were presented by the former governor in an equally simple and figurative way to the audience in Frankfurt. Namely that success cannot be achieved simply by informing people of the negative effects of climate change, but rather by taking action and focusing on positive impulses. 'Of course you can keep on heating your jacuzzi, but heat it with solar power', said the 65-year old, who stated that he had taught his children to save energy from an early age.
There is no such thing as conservative or liberal air. We all breathe the same air. There is no such thing as conservative or liberal water. We all drink the same water.
A similarly positive image was presented by Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the eponymous pioneering Stern Report, which examined the economic effects of climate change for the first time in 2006. After recently returning from consultation with the political and economic management elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Sterm was able to share some of the insights he gained there.
Sustainability and climate change are back on the global policy agenda. This is a positive, sustainable signal for all investors to further support the development of renewable energies and infrastructure.
By far the most emotional appeal of the day was made by His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, one of the world's most influential environmental activists, also known as the 'Green Sheikh'. His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi emphasised the fact that sustainability and responsibility do not end with the question of energy supply. He urged all of those present to show respect for creation, responsibility for future generations and a more considerate approach to natural resources. As a representative of one of the ruling families in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, he stated that he is highly aware of his personal responsibility.
Sustainability and responsibility do not end with the question of energy supply. Respect for creation, responsibility for future generations and a more considerate approach to natural resources is crucial.