THOMASLLOYD CLEANTECH CONGRESS EUROPE 2014
Meet Asia. Meet Renewable Energy´s Future.
24 January 2014, Forum at the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
ThomasLloyd held the fourth ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress in January 2014. This event has built bridges over the years between European investors and technology companies on the one hand and Asian project developers, communities and governments on the other. In 2014, the event was augmented for the first time by a parallel industry trade fair and was co-hosted by the Republic of the Philippines.
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'.
High-profile international speakers
In addition to President Clinton, who delivered his keynote address from the United States via a live satellite link, there were numerous other high-profile international speakers who spoke at the conference, including Prof. Justin Yifu Lin, former Chief Economist and Vice-President of the World Bank, Hon. Loren Legarda, Senator for the Republic of the Philippines, Hon. Edgardo J. Angara, 16th President of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines, and Professor Peter Guthrie, global expert in sustainable infrastructure development and professor at the University of Cambridge. Guest speaker Her Excellency Maria Cleofe R. Natividad, the Republic of the Philippines' ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, welcomed delegates on behalf of this year's co-host, the Republic of the Philippines.
To conclude the event, T.U. Michael Sieg and Jose Maria Zabaleta, President of Bronzeoak Philippines Inc., presented Senator Hon. Loren Legarda and the Philippine ambassador with a cheque for 100,000 US dollars to express the long-standing ties between the corporation and the Philippines. The purpose is to use this donation to build up power supplies to schools, primarily in rural areas.
The ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress, at which high-profile keynote speakers such as Lord Nicholas Stern, His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn, Prof. Klaus Töpfer and US governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, have spoken in past years about the future, necessity and outcomes of sustainable infrastructure investments in the energy sector at a regional, national and global level, has thus established itself as a forum and industry platform for the intellectual exchange of future ecological and energy policy concepts and visions in Europe and Asia. This makes the Congress a knowledge platform and trend barometer for decision-makers in the financial sector, investors, consultants, and project developers, specialising in renewable energy infrastructure in Asia.
Experience the best and most interesting moments of this event in the video highlights and in the photo gallery. Find out too how the Congress was reported by the media and what those attending the Congress had to say about this extraordinary event.
- President Bill Clinton, USA
- Prof. Dr. Justin Yifu Lin, former Chief Economist and Vice-President of the World Bank
- Hon. Loren Legarda, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
- Hon. Edgardo J. Angara, 16th President of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines
- Prof. Peter Guthrie, global expert in sustainable infrastructure development and professor at the University of Cambridge
- Her Excellency Maria Cleofe R. Natividad, the Republic of the Philippines' ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
T.U. Michael Sieg
Prof. Dr. Justin Yifu Lin
Prof. Peter Guthrie
Decision-makers & visionaries
The speakers at this year's ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress Europe 2014 discussed the huge economic growth in Asia and the increasing demand for renewable energies in this region. Over 3,000 guests from the world of politics, business and the financial sector both in Germany and around the world followed keynote speeches, presentations and discussions regarding investments in Asian renewable energies infrastructure projects at the Forum in Frankfurt's exhibition centre and via a live webcast. 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. Guest speakers from the Philippines stressed the importance of this to their country.
As an archipelago state, it is confronted on the one hand by an above-average annual economic growth of around seven percent, and on the other hand steadily rising energy demand, which could lead to a reduction in economic strength unless additional and sustainable energy is provided promptly.
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
Hon. Edgardo J. Angara, 16th President of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines highlighted the significance of investment in renewable energies in his home country and its role in creating jobs. Future energy needs, he said, would be immense.
Angara estimated the Philippines' long-term potential in this field to lie somewhere between 150 and 250 gigawatts, the majority of which they aim to obtain from renewable sources.
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.
Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, Hon. Loren Legarda, spoke about the critical importance of increasing investment in renewable energy in nations that are especially subject to climate change, such as the Philippines. Climate change, she explained, has a massive effect on economic growth, food security and the health of people in Asia. The Philippine government aims to steadily build up climate-friendly energy sources in the country, explained Legarda.
The Philippines is the best place to invest since the country has stable laws and can support investments through its people, its government and its policies. On top of that it has a young, well-educated and ambitious population. Investments will be visible long-term and will help to mitigate the intensity of future natural disasters, said Legarda.