I am writing this from Las Vegas, where our Renewable Energy World North America event has just taken place. Meanwhile, across the ocean (and much closer to my usual UK home) the world's leading climate scientists have been gathered in Copenhagen at a conference entitled Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions. Primarily a scientific rather than political gathering, it paves the way for COP 12, which takes place in Copenhagen in December. Though the final outcomes of the conference will not be published in full until June, the preliminary outcomes were handed over to the Danish Prime Minister on the final day – as if to say, 'we've done our bit, now it's up to you politicians.'
One reaction to climate change is investment in renewable energy and, today, spending on renewable energy technologies is growing dramatically. However, business strategist Aiman El-Ramly, questions whether the current trend is economically and technology feasible when baseload energy requirements need to be met.
In January the European Commission presented its long-awaited proposal for a Directive on the promotion of renewable energies. This policy is based on the unified voice of the industry, argue Arthouros Zervos and Oliver Schaefer.