European Future Energy Forum gets underway

Climate ministers from across Europe including Britain’s Chris Huhne will be telling the audience at London’s excel what needs to be done to secure global energy. The forum is the […]

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By Sumit Bose

Climate ministers from across Europe including Britain’s Chris Huhne will be telling the audience at London’s excel what needs to be done to secure global energy. The forum is the second one to take place and follows last year’s show in Bilbao, Spain and is the sister event of the annual World Future Energy Summit which is held in Abu Dhabi.

Over the next three days delegates will attend workshops and hear presentations from some of the world’s leading advocates of clean technologies particularly renewables, nuclear and biomass. The headline sponsor, Masdar is an Abu Dhabi company that leads in cleaner technology and sustainability and is even building the world’s first “clean city” in the deserts around the outskirts of the capital.

Construction of Masdar City started in 2008 and the first buildings are due to open in the next few weeks. It is an emerging global clean-technology cluster and aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments powered totally by renewable energy.

Mr Huhne will be talking to delegates later this morning and his appearance at the forum comes just 24 hours after the National Policy Statement which committed the UK to building eight new nuclear power stations as part of the move to a lower carbon society.

ELN will be reporting from the forum throughout its duration.