ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress Europe 2013
Global Growth Market.
Renewable Energy Infrastructure.
1 February 2013 Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
1,200 guests from the world of politics, business and the financial sector followed the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress Europe 2013 in Frankfurt discussions guided by conference moderator Sabine Christiansen with experts from the ThomasLloyd Group and international keynote speakers including Lord Nicholas Stern, Arnold Schwarzenegger and His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi regarding the future and need for global infrastructure investment and commitment to clean technologies. Over 5,000 guests followed the event via a live multi-lingual webcast that was available across the world.
The ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress sets industry-wide standards in Europe, and builds interdisciplinary exchange between the various stakeholders involved in major infrastructure projects. Sustainable energy policy development in the Asia-Pacific region will have crucial importance not only for current and future generations, but will also be the basis for further growth in the region and consequently a key aspect for the 'Asian Century'.
EMERGING ECONOMIES: GLOBAL DEMAND FOR ENERGY WILL CONTINUE TO RISE
Delegates and speakers agreed that the global demand for energy would continue to rise over the coming years as a result of population growth, rising income and continued industrialisation. The emerging economies in particular will play a substantial role in this increased consumption in the future. According to the BP Energy Outlook 2030, non-OECD countries will make up around 90% of the worldwide increase in population by 2030. At the same time, the share of these countries in the rising energy demand will be around 93%.
Developing alternative energy infrastructure and production capacities for these markets in good time is one of ThomasLloyd's declared aims, which were are working towards with our project partners worldwide. The representatives from Cambodia and the Philippines who were present at the conference are just one example of this long-term, successful cooperation', said T.U. Michael Sieg, CEO and Chairman of the ThomasLloyd Group. 'Today we have shown that the path we chose in 2006 was the right one', Sieg added.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California
- Prof. Lord Nicholas Stern, Leading Global Economist and Chairman of the LSE Grantham Institute
- His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Ambassador of World Green Citizen from the United Arab Emirates
Best-of Cleantech Kongress 2013
T.U. Michael Sieg
José Maria T. Zabaleta
Decision-makers & visionaries
Many of the high-profile speakers called urgently for a paradigm shift towards an environmentally and socially compatible sustainable energy supply thus underscoring the Congress's position as a leading event with global resonance.
See more high-profile keynote speakers from the world of politics, academia and business in our speaker highlights:
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.