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Attendees from nearly 140 countries are expected to attend the fifth edition of the World Future Energy Summit, which takes place in Abu Dhabi from January 16-19.

  • Nearly 140 countries to be represented at fifth World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
  • Exhibition to display a wide variety of products in the energy efficiency sector
  • Nine exhibitors to launch new energy efficiency solutions in MENA

Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 5, 2012:

And the issue of energy efficiency is top of their agenda, according to a survey of those registering in advance.

WFES 2012 will devote a special session to the topic on January 17, with contributions from a spectrum of industry names, including General Electric, Bayer Material Science, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Exxon Mobil.

Numerous exhibitors will also be presenting their latest technologies and solutions in the energy efficiency domain, many of them brand new to the MENA market.

A wide variety of energy efficiency-related products will be on display and nine companies will launch new innovations in the sector in the region, including Ruud Lighting Arabia LLC, Corvus Energy, TOTO Asia Oceania Middle East, Nest AS, Westiform AG, Sly Filters, W2E Industries, CleanFIZZ, and Serious Energy.

Their message is clear: sustainable development requires more responsible utilization of energy as well as cleaner ways to produce it.

According to a 2011 study by the International Energy Agency, the implementation of energy efficiency measures saved more than half of projected global energy demand between 1970 and 2010.

With urban expansion cited as a chief cause of both energy consumption and carbon emissions, the adoption of further energy efficiency strategies, and related technologies and innovations, will be critical in order to realize sustainable development – especially in the Middle East where population growth far outstrips the global average.

Confirmed WFES speaker Thomas Braig, Head of the EcoCommercial Building Programe EMEA, Bayer Material Science, will stress the importance of energy efficiency in the construction industry at the summit.

He said: “Any active climate protection strategy must take buildings into account – their operation is responsible for 40 percent of global energy needs and 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. But the issue is not about single structures, the debate concerns entire cities. By 2030, they are expected to account for 73 percent of global energy consumption – and 87 percent of consumption in the United States and 83 percent in China.”

Braig added: “Cost-effective low-energy and zero-emissions buildings are already commercially viable, but their implementation needs effective cooperation at the initial planning stage between engineers, property developers and government authorities. As the operator of the EcoCommercial Building program, we know that integrated planning pays off.”

So far, WFES 2012 has received advance registrations from more than 120 countries, led by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the US, UK, Germany, France, China and Japan, according to Exhibitions Director Naji El Haddad.

He said: “The fact that energy efficiency is the main topic of interest to experts and the public alike shows the universal relevance of the summit’s theme, Powering Sustainable Innovation. All industries, from transport to construction to manufacturing to LED lighting and HVAC, have much to gain from the adoption of energy efficiency strategies and the implementation of the latest available technologies and innovations – and that’s why we are seeing such broad interest in the fifth edition of WFES.

“A huge variety of products in the energy efficiency domain, spanning every conceivable industry application, will be on show at WFES 2012, many of them new to market. And we’re expecting high attendance from a range of professionals who are increasingly integrating energy efficiency into their operations, including architects, engineers, building contractors and other experts related to the building industry.”

Now in its fifth year, the World Future Energy Summit is the world’s foremost annual meeting committed to promoting advancement of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the water and waste sectors.

The annual summit engages political, business, finance, academic and industry leaders to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities in response to the growing need for sustainable energy.

On the theme Powering Sustainable Innovation, WFES 2012 will stage both a high-level conference and exhibition, with companies from all over the world promoting their latest products and services.

Over 26,000 attendees, including 3,000 delegates, 650 exhibiting companies and 20 national pavilions, are expected to participate in the summit.

To be held under the patronage of H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and hosted by Masdar, the World Future Energy Summit 2012 runs from January 16-19 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

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