Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs confirms World Future Energy Summit attendance
Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs from Finland has confirmed his participation in the upcoming World Future Energy Summit 2010 in Abu Dhabi. The Finnish Minister will be a keynote speaker in the Energy Ministers’ panel session on the first day of the Summit next month on January 18th 2010.
Mr. Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design at the Finnish Innovation Fund, will also be participating in Summit as well as Finnish energy company, METSO.
The Finnish government announced this year that it will support efforts to limit global warming by cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least by 80% percent of 1990 levels by 2050 in a report outlining its long-term climate and energy policy.
Renewable energy sources have an essential role in decreasing greenhouse gases and fighting climate change. Biomass, commonly plant matter grown to generate electricity or produce heat, is the most important renewable energy source in Finland, with its use accounting for about 20% of primary energy consumption. Solid biomass and large-scale hydropower dominate the market. Additional support in the form of feed-in tariffs is being considered for wind power. Finnish cleantech companies are not only global leaders in bio-energy, but also cutting edge solutions can be found in areas such as energy-efficiency, clean industrial processes and components for wind power.
WFES’ Energy Ministers’ panel will be attended by Ministers coming from developing and developed countries, to discuss the need to secure energy, sustain an economic development and meet environmental realities.
In addition to Mauri Pekkarinen, Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, speakers taking part in the panel include, Hélène Pelosse, Interim Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Canada; H.E. Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Counselor, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland; H.E. Maria van der Hoeven, Minister of Economic Affairs, The Kingdom of the Netherlands; Ola Alterå, Secretary of State for Energy, Sweden; H.E. Tadahiro Matsushita, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; H.E. Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al Hamli, UAE Minister of Energy; Kim, Young Hak, Vice Minister for Trade and Energy, South Korea; Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India; H.E. Jesca Eriyo, Minister of State for the Environment, Uganda; H.E.The Minister of Environment, Science and Technology of Ghana, Mrs. Sherry Ayittey