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World Future Energy Summit

January 19 to 22, 2015 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s foremost event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency, and clean technologies. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, WFES includes a world-class Conference, an international Exhibition, the Project & Finance Village, the Young Future Energy Leaders program, as well as a number of corporate meetings and concurrent social events.

Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company, and staged at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the WFES Conference attracts world leaders, international policy makers, industry experts, investors from the public and private sector and media, who gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges.

The WFES Exhibition is an international business platform that connects project owners and solution providers to investors and buyers from the public and private sector.

WFES 2015 will present energy sector stakeholders with a unique opportunity to meet with their peers, exchange technology, share best practice, and form business partnerships that will further promote the global effort for a better future.

Why Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is a global leader in energy. The emirate, one of the world’s leading producers of oil and gas, is investing heavily to become a regional and international powerhouse in renewable and sustainable energy knowledge, technology, and capacity.

The selection of Abu Dhabi to host the global headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reinforces the UAE’s capital’s position as the emerging hub for renewable energy, and reaffirms its contribution to the global renewable energy industry. In addition to supporting IRENA as it endeavors to deliver on its global mandate, Abu Dhabi – through Masdar – continues to afford considerable resources to the advancement and adoption of renewable energy. As well as providing substantial funding to IRENA and working towards a 7% renewable energy target by 2020, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has offered $50 million in annual loans to finance renewable energy projects in developing countries.

About the Summit

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today.

Few forces will have a profound impact on businesses and economies as the global dynamics of energy, natural resources, development, and environment. The great energy challenge of our time is to meet the demands of a growing world economy. As the world’s population surge to 8 billion by 2030, the struggle to produce 50% more food and energy and 30% more fresh water, whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions, becomes more intense. No less urgent is the need to bring modern energy services to the 1.3 billion people who still lack access to electricity today.

In response to these challenges, world leaders are taking action. Governments around the world are pledging their commitments to improve energy efficiency, deliver energy access and drive clean energy deployment. Transforming our energy system demands a new level of collaboration and a synchronized set of actions in the technical, economic, social, and political realms. As Dr. Sultan Al Jaber emphasized in his welcome address at the 2014 summit, “Achieving this will require a different mind-set: A mind-set where partnership is central, where companies and governments co-innovate, align agendas, share risk and together share the rewards.”

Moving the world closer to a clean energy future. At the centre of this transformation is World Future Energy Summit, an annual meeting place of more than 30,000 policymakers and business leaders from 170 countries – in the pursuit of a secure, safe and reliable source of energy to power world economic growth.

Hosted by Masdar and the centrepiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, World Future Energy Summit cultivates a much-needed dialogue between critical stakeholders, from Heads of States, Governments, Academia and the Business and Financial communities.

Our well-researched conference programme is designed to reflect the most important conversations taking place in the industry. To our delegates, they’re a window into the future, pinpointing opportunities for growth and profitability; an opportunity to access the best thinking, best practices, innovations and resources in clean energy deployment.

Key Themes 2015

Finance – Which financing mechanisms successfully mobilised investment into RE markets? What are the financial models transforming the industry? What examples of bold and innovative approaches to fundraising exist?

Markets and Sectors – Where will the next growth come from? Where are the biggest investment and project opportunities? What resources are required to operate effectively and profitably in these markets? What sectors will continue to experience double-digit annual growth?

The Next Wave of Innovation – Which new technologies can meet storage capabilities at all levels? What market shifts and breakthroughs will disruptive technologies trigger? How can organisations position themselves to benefit from the cutting edge?

Integration and Deployment – What are the required approaches to grid management to accommodate the continuous and expanded growth of renewables? How to best address both the technical and non-technical issues associated with the deployment of renewables?

Sustainable Cities – What are some of the innovative approaches used to address the complex problems of urbanisation? How are cities reimagining their essential systems? How are they organising energy supply, water management and waste towards sustainable development?

Collaboration and New Business Models – What partnerships are needed to support innovation? Which business and project development models are emerging and driving the next phase of the market?

Business & Industry – How large corporates are stepping up to the challenges of a resource-constrained 21st century economy? How will emerging regulations affect the business models of tomorrow?

Energy Efficiency – If this is the greatest energy opportunity of today, how can we capture the potential of more energy-savings in current production and industrial processes? How to strike the right balance between voluntary, regulatory, and market approaches in developing a comprehensive energy efficiency ecosystem?

Big Data and the Internet of Things – Is ICT a key enabler of the clean revolution? Can it solve some of the key issues in renewable energy installations and performance monitoring? How can the convergence between energy and ICT succeed?

Green Economy – What are the key challenges and opportunities for the required transition? Which measures will help companies develop, produce and commercialise green technologies? Which regulations, policies and mechanisms can accelerate renewable deployment?

Who should attend the summit?

Top CEOs, decision makers and professionals from the energy industry – Keep up-to-date with the latest technological advances. Network with suppliers, consumers, competitors and other key stakeholders within the changing energy industry. Seek out new business opportunities across a global platform.

Venture capitalist / investors / financial institutions / entrepreneurs – Network with the companies developing technology and services to support future energy solutions. Identify investment opportunities and risks on a global level. Get face-to-face with the experts in this field and debate the commercial issues.

Governments / NGOs / environmental agencies represented by the Royalties, Heads of States, Ministers & Policy Makers – Debate the issues of climate change and future energy policy. Examine the options and implications for future energy solutions. Look at potential funding for alternative energy and environmental strategies.

Architects / contractors / civil engineers / developers / town planners and transport providers / manufacturers / mechanical engineers / designers – Hear the world’s leading experts present the latest plans for zero-emission development with case studies looking at the technical, logistical and financial impact on their industry. Benefit from specific feature areas, discussion panels and technical tours on green buildings/transport. Network with investors, venture capitalists and governments looking to develop and invest in new projects.

International universities, students and faculties – Be part of the Young Future Energy Leaders. Learn about the latest innovations in the alternate energy industry. Meet face-to-face with the experts in the field.

Media / editors–in–chief / reporters / journalists / camera crew / photographers – Cover the leading energy innovation event of the Middle East. Report on different opinions of industry leaders on the world’s hottest issues. Gain real understanding of the subjects that are front-page headlines across all media.

Reasons To Attend The Summit

World Future Energy Summit is the world’s foremost annual meeting committed to promoting the advancement of future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies by engaging political, business, finance, academic and industry leaders to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities in response to the growing need for sustainable energy. This leading edge information, combined with timely, relevant debates in our panel discussions with industry thought leaders, expert advisors and analysts make the Summit the perfect opportunity to equip yourself and your business for a successful 2014! Gain a complete future energy update while you network with international peers.

World Future Energy Summit represents an unrivalled business platform that brings together project owners and solution providers with investors and buyers from across the public and private sectors

At WFES 2014 more than 150 eminent speakers, head of states and ministers discussed the burning issues surrounding the future of energy, which gave attendees the opportunity to meet industry colleagues and share knowledge and experiences which will further our collective goal of clean, secure and sustainable energy.

Forge New Connections. Meet the people who could transform your business. And transform your thinking. The global connections you’ll make at WFES could inspire all sorts of positive changes. Because WFES is a unique international hub in future energy, it’s the one place where you can be guaranteed to meet experts, hear analysis, see innovations and network with leaders you won’t see anywhere else.

Influence The Debate. WFES is where world leaders come to talk – and listen. From debates on the Summit floor to discussion on the exhibition floor, it powers everything we do, and influences thinking around the globe. And in a world that’s always changing, the discussion is yours to initiate, shape, respond to and make your own. Make your voice heard at WFES 2015. And make a difference.

Hear It First. Be the first to access valuable intelligence and information at WFES and learn to change the world for good. From expert academic analysis to informative boardroom insights, there’s unparalleled insight to ignite new thinking on every level. WFES is the place where the world’s leading renewable businesses choose to launch their latest innovations, too. Making it the place to come, stay abreast of the industry – and be inspired.

Grow Your Business / Identify Future Business. The world comes to do business at WFES. Renewables business. Energy business. Future business. From spotting the very latest investment opportunities and partnering with innovative start-ups, to plugging niche markets or simply finding new products to distribute in your corner of the world, at WFES you’ll come away with genuine opportunities, not just business cards.

Discover Inspiring Leadership. World leaders. Business leaders. Thought leaders. They all come to WFES to make their mark and present their thoughts. Sharing one thing in common – a commitment to innovation – together they help illuminate the debate, explain the issues and offer real world solutions. Capturing their unique personal perspectives and inspirational stories, WFES brings true leadership alive.

Explore The Water-Energy Nexus. A changing world demands a fresh approach to sustainability, constantly evolving to meet the needs of new generations and reflecting advances in technological and policy development. The effort to make the most of scarce water and energy resources is brought to life at WFES – where water and energy come together, with positive results.

Do Better Business. From projects to innovations and components to ideas – from the smallest start-ups to the greatest global energy corporations, WFES offers the most compelling platform from which to market breakthroughs in future energy. We do more than bring buyers and sellers together on the exhibition floor. We enable introductions at the highest level – because we mean business.

Invest In Success. Spot new opportunities to deliver better returns. At WFES, we’re building a home for rewarding, reliable investment in future energy, bringing investors and project developers together to enable plans to be presented and deals to be struck. Our Project & Finance Village is the place where investment enables projects that enables future energy – that enables real returns.

Discover Abu Dhabi. Discover Abu Dhabi. Discover Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. And discover an Emirate rich in opportunity, from business opportunity and golden beaches to world class hospitality – and even links golf. A modern, cosmopolitan hub with an ancient heart is ready to welcome you time and again. Come to WFES – and make Abu Dhabi your home from home.

Change Your View Of The World. The world is changing fast. As populations grow, economies globalize and we look to the future, we seek new insights, fresh ideas and inspiring thoughts that defy convention and upset the old status quo. WFES makes it all happen. In one place. At one time. Update yourself with the state of the art – and truly challenge your thinking.

Access The World. Access opportunity. Access potential partnerships. And access new business. WFES enables world class access to everything from the latest executive and policymaking insights to a whole planet of inspiring innovation. Whatever you’re seeking in the world of sustainable energy, make WFES your access point.

Grow In The Gulf. Make WFES your base and harness the unique growth potential of the GCC. Today, opportunity abounds in a thriving area that’s home abundant natural resources, and a rich pool of investment, with an appetite for investment in tomorrow – and a real desire to make it happen. Expertise. Talent. Technology. Investment. The Gulf has it all to trade.

Bringing It Together. In one place, for three days, the world comes together. Only WFES has the power and influence to bring the whole future energy and sustainability community together as one, embracing policy, investment, academia and beyond. From the United Nations to individuals with ideas, we offer a unique gathering of minds, in a unique place, with one unique mission.

Proudly Emirati. Come to WFES and play your part in one of the UAE’s flagship events. WFES is where the world comes to listen, learn and be inspired about a world of future energy in which we’re playing a key role. Today, our vision is leading the way to a more sustainable planet. And WFES is one more reason to be proud of what we’re building together.

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