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European Leaders Meet In London To Promote Renewable Future

Press Release
07 Oct 2010

Key players in renewable energy are meeting in London this month at the European Future Energy Forum.

Held in association with Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Initiative, the forum will gather Europe’s leading clean energy ministers, manufacturers and financiers for three days of talks and business dealings.

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK, who is speaking at the Forum on October 19, will be joined by ministers from leading European clean energy states Denmark, Spain and Portugal. Lykke Friis, Minister for Climate and Energy, Denmark, Pedro Marin, Secretary of State for Energy, Spain, Carlos Zorrinho, Vice Minister for Energy and Innovation, Portugal. They will all be giving keynote addresses on Oct 19, 2010 and joining in a fast-paced panel discussion with senior industry representatives and NGOs.

Pedro Marin, Secretary of State for Energy, Spain says:
“By being a leader in the field, Spain has been able to build up a strong industrial cluster supplying the energy sector. By being a pioneer in the promotion of renewable energies, Spain has learnt that regulation and support schemes have to be stable and visible but also flexible. This way, technological innovation and gains in efficiency can be rapidly caught and transferred to the consumers.”

The panel debate, chaired by CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick, will be a fast-paced and exciting debate, looking at key regulatory areas and commercialising clean energy. Gilles Vermot-Desroches, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development, Schneider Electric, Thomas Dalsgaard, Vice President, DONG Energy, Matthew Chinn, Managing Director Energy Sector, UK and North West Europe, Siemens are amongst those representing the highest level of European energy executives.

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International and David Nussbaum, CEO, WWF-UK, critical public opinion influencers, will also be joining the debate and expected to give strong opinions on the status of renewable energy and bridging the gap between the developed and developing world.

Gilles Vermot-Desroches, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development, Schneider Electric commented:

“Today, energy is at the very heart of Sustainable Development issues. 1.5 billion people throughout the world do not have access to energy and legitimately aspire to having the same equipment and services as the inhabitants of developed areas.”

EFEF forms part of the Future Energy series of events that includes World Future Energy Summit held annually in Abu Dhabi. Developed by Masdar to drive collaboration and dialogue in Europe around renewable energy policy, investment and innovation, EFEF was launched with great success in 2009 at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain and saw 3,638 attendees from 43 countries attend.

“Continuing in the successful footsteps of its parent event the World Future Energy Summit, held annually in Abu Dhabi, EFEF 2010 provides the perfect platform for the European renewable energy industry to share knowledge and technology, advance solutions, invite investors and explore new partnerships” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar.

Alongside the conference, EFEF 2010 will feature a prestigious exhibition that will accommodate thousands of visitors and offer up to 200 of the region’s leading renewable energy suppliers, space to demonstrate solutions and business opportunities for the environmental technology market.

The exhibition hall is also the meeting place for round table sessions, networking lunches, refreshment breaks and private business meetings. There are limited stands still available. See for further details and the full conference programme or contact the team on [email protected]


Please contact:
Lindsey Bredin, PR Manager [email protected]
Jo Tyler, Event Director [email protected]
Rebecca Oxley, Marketing and Media Partnerships [email protected]

About The European Future Energy Forum
The European Future Energy Forum is an initiative developed with Masdar (Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted, multi-billion dollar investment in the development and commercialisation of innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies) and part of the Future Energy Event series of events that includes the World Future Energy Summit held annually in Abu Dhabi.

The first European Future Energy Forum was launched with great success in 2009 in Bilbao, Spain and saw 3,638 attendees from 43 countries worldwide attend. The format of the event is based on creating a vibrant environment where high-level debate can take place on through a large conference platform, as well as knowledge exchanging workshops, small round table discussions and international networking and business meetings.

The content of EFEF2010 will cover:

  • European Policy
  • Investment and funding
  • Green buildings
  • Clean transport
  • Solar photovoltaic
  • Solar thermal
  • Wind
  • Biofuels
  • Ocean power
  • Geothermal
  • Waste to energy
  • Fuel cells
  • Carbon management
  • Environment strategy
  • Nuclear
  • Hydroelectric Power

This event brings together businesses and organisations that have solutions and opportunities for the global renewable energy and environmental technology market with large international investors and government decision makers. For further information see

About UKTI
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage.

For more information visit:

Please Contact: Susan Grieve, UK Trade & Investment press office
E: [email protected]
Tel: + 44 207 215 4644

About Masdar
The Masdar Initiative is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted, multi-billion dollar investment in the development and commercialisation of innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies as well as sustainable design.

Masdar is driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC), a wholly owned company of the government of Abu Dhabi through the Mubadala Development Company. In January 2008, Abu Dhabi announced it will invest $15 billion in Masdar, the largest single government investment of its kind.
For more information about the Masdar Initiative, please visit

About The Organisers
The European Future Energy Forum is a joint venture between Turret Middle East and Bilbao Exhibition Centre. Turret Middle East a leading organiser of events and foundation partner of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, launched the World Future Energy Summit and series of events with Masdar in 2007, before selling a share of the portfolio to Reed Exhibitions. For more information see

Bilbao Exhibition Centre was host to the first European Future Energy Forum and continues to be a major stakeholder in the organisation of the event. As well as being one of the most modern trade fair and congress venues in Europe, they also organise a number of leading events of international profile in various sectors. For more information see


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