Bonn must send signal for renewable power

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1 June 2004 , BONN - German Environment Minister Juergen Trittin on Tuesday opened the international conference on renewable energy in Bonn with a call for the participants to send a signal to promote the global use of environmentally-friendly power sources. The conference comes as the price of oil soars on the back of concerns about the disruption to supply following the weekend terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia and the US-led war in Iraq.

1 June 2004

BONN - German Environment Minister Juergen Trittin on Tuesday opened the international conference on renewable energy in Bonn with a call for the participants to send a signal to promote the global use of environmentally-friendly power sources.

The conference comes as the price of oil soars on the back of concerns about the disruption to supply following the weekend terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia and the US-led war in Iraq.

Renewable energy sources were inexhaustible, available virtually everywhere and were a way to reduce countries' dependence on oil, Trittin said in his opening speech.

Tapping into solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal power would also be the key in the battle against poverty and in protecting the climate, the minister, from Germany's environmentalist Greens party, told the conference.

German Development Aid Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul told the conference that turning away from dependency on oil can only succeed through a global effort.

"There will never be wars over the sun," she declared.

The speeches kicked off the International Conference for Renewable Energies Bonn 2004, running through 4 June. More than 2,900 experts, including some 100 ministers and heads of government from around 120 countries, were expected to attend the parley.

Organisers said delegates would be discussing ways to boost global efforts in the field of solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal energy.

Other speakers at the opening session, before the conference headed into plenary meetings flanked by several experts' symposia and presentations, were to include Rajendra K. Pachauri, director general of India's Energy and Resources Institute, and Algerian Energy Minister Chakib Khelil.

The Bonn conference, which Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced two years ago at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, is to issue an International Action Plan (IAP) outlining countries' efforts in renewable energy.

Ahead of the conference, United Nations Environment Programme director Klaus Toepfer called for a global energy "revolution", including a much stronger use of renewable energy sources.

Toepfer said renewable energy use should go hand in hand with a more efficient use of existing energy sources. Local governments had a key role to play as they had to make decisions regarding their infrastructure, he said.

 

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