World Council for Renewable Energies is Formed

A global association for renewable energy has been founded at a three-day conference attended by 400 delegates.

BERLIN, Germany, DE, 2001-06-22 [] A global association for renewable energy has been founded at a three-day conference attended by 400 delegates. The World Council for Renewable Energies was formed on June 9 at a conference in Berlin that was promoting global technology transfer for renewables. The group will be an independent global network of non-governmental organizations, private companies and scientific institutes, with the objective of providing an “independent voice” to renewable energies in the global energy discussion. The group views the existing World Energy Council as an advocate for nuclear and fossil energy. The Council is headed by a committee of five members, one from each continent. The initial group is Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah from Mauritania (Secretary General of the Global Coalition for Africa), Rakesh Bakshi from India (a businessman in wind and solar systems), Peter Droege from Australia (Professor for Architecture at the University of Sydney), Michael Eckhart from the United States (founder of the Solar Bank in Washington), and Hermann Scheer (Member of the German Parliament and President of EUROSOLAR). Scheer was elected General Chairman. The Council will have a board of 30 directors, which will grow to 100 representatives. The group will publish a World Yearbook of Renewable Energies and organize a world conference on renewable energies every two years. The Berlin conference also discussed the foundation of an International Agency for Renewable Energies (IRENA) that would be funded by national governments. The delegates noted that the International Atomic Energy Agency is funded with several hundreds of million Deutsche Mark, but there is no similar institution for renewable energies. The creation of such an international agency requires the initiative of a government that has implemented a significant number of programs in renewables to be considered an authority, and Abdallah says the new council hopes that the government of Germany will drive the initiative. Germany is the appropriate nation since it is the second largest contributor in the United Nations, yet no significant U.N. organization is based in Germany.

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