Second World Renewable Energy Assembly (WREA) 2007
November 19th - 21st, 2007, Bonn, World Conference Center
Review: Second World Renewable Energy Assembly (WREA) - A strong vote for IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency)
About 200 participants of nearly 30 countries among them parlamentarians, scientists and representatives from companies and NGOs met in the historical venue, the Chamber of the old waterworks, in Bonn. They exchanged their experiences and knowledge about new developements in the field of Renewable Energies as well as the best political instruments for their implementation.
Its precursors were the World Forum for Renewable Energy (hosted in Berlin in 2002 and in Bonn in 2004) as well as the International Parliamentary Forum that took place in parallel to the International Governmental Conference renewables 2004. The Second World Assembly combined two formats. The conference presented a unique opportunity for advocates of renewable energy to exchange ideas with parliamentarians belonging to the newly established World Renewable Energy Parliamentary Network and to learn about and develop collective strategies how to best promote renewable energies worldwide. The Second World Renewable Energy Assembly presented solutions for an accelerated global introduction of renewable energies and defines the necessary policy instruments. Central focus of the conference was the global target of a 100% supply of energy that comes from renewable energy sources. The conference named the obstacles that have yet to be overcome and at the same time showed how the target of "100% Renewable Energy globally" can be attained and how the public can be motivated towards achieving this goal ("mission possible").
Session I looks at the necessary paradigmatic changes and provides status reports from different regions of the world. Session II displays a range of different reasons for the urgent and global shift to renewable energies. The conference will show that climate change is not the only problem that necessitates the shift to renewable energies: Culminating shortages in fresh water supply in many regions of the world, damages to people’s health, induced by the deployment of conventional energy sources, and the growing threat of international political tensions call for a fundamental change of the global energy system. Furthermore, this session will demonstrate that the shift towards renewable energies has clear advantages - also economically - over current approaches of CO2 capture and storage and the global emission trading system.
Session III addresses convincing integrated scenarios as well as projects that are already under way, both aiming at a 100% supply with renewable energies.
Session IV presents the necessary "next steps" that will ultimately lead to a global breakthrough of renewable energies.
The Second World Assembly wants to give clear impetus to prioritising renewable energies in the national and international energy debate. The conference will make clear that the shift towards renewables will not come as a burden for the national economies but as a unique chance. If the adequate policy instruments are applied in a consistent and competent way, this shift will be accomplished much quicker than most might expect.
In cooperation with:
InWEnt, Stadt Bonn, EUFORES, ISES (International Solar Energy Society), IUCN Environmental Law Center, Legambiente Italy, Global Green Cross, World Future Council
Conference language: German/English (simultaneous translation)
Organiser: EUROSOLAR, WCRE
Conference Director: Irm Pontenagel
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