This week Abu Dhabi plays host to one of the most important international gatherings of global policy makers and leaders, meeting to address the opportunities of renewable energy and sustainable development.
Hosted by Masdar, Solar Impulse’s Official Host Partner, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week addresses the global energy challenge by exploring the relationships between economic development, poverty eradication, energy security, water scarcity and climate change. In 2014, it welcomed over 32,000 participants from 170 countries, and this year Solar Impulse is proud to be invited as a symbol of innovation in solar energy.
Anchored by the World Future Energy Summit, the 2015 program features a series of complementary events, conferences and exhibitions. Under the wings of Solar Impulse, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) teamed up with the Financial Times to host a debate about the future of global energy supply.
“When we started Solar Impulse, we wanted to find concrete solutions to apply on the ground”, said André Borschberg. “If we adopt the clean technologies that exist now, we can halve the energy consumption of our world”, continued Bertrand Piccard.
Celebrating the achievements in this domain is the Zayed Future Energy Prize, annually awarded to companies and organizations that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. All of the nominees showed leading environmental awareness in both clean energy generation and efficient consumption, and the award ceremony was a time to reflect on the accomplishments of 2014, while looking forward to continued momentum in 2015.
For the UAE, this year holds the word “innovation” as a cornerstone. Through the pioneering spirit of Solar Impulse, 2015 is the opportunity to grasp the opportunities of clean energy in our lives.
Follow @solarimpulse for live updates during the ADSW until January 24th 2015.