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UK Trade and Investment
15 September 2010

UKTI brings EFEF to London to promote the UK’s low-carbon future

A major conference for businesses and governments aimed at tackling future energy challenges is taking place in London Docklands next month, sponsored by UK Trade & Investment.

The European Future Energy Forum (EFEF), an off-shoot of the World Future Energy Summit held annually in Abu Dhabi, is taking place from 19-21 October.

The Forum is a chance to discuss and debate a range of challenges around exploiting future energy sources.

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is due to give the keynote speech.

Sir Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment, said: “It is a real coup for the UK to have brought this event to London.

“UKTI’s programme has been specifically designed to complement the Forum and sell the UK to investors and help UK companies export. We really are at the centre of the international move towards sustainable energy.

“The research taking place in the UK, be it in wind power, tidal or marine energy, is world-class and pioneering. This programme will spark lively debate, prompt interesting solutions, and above all, I hope, help others to see just how advanced the UK is in renewable energy.”

EFEF is expected to attract thousands of visitors and will be visited by foreign government officials, business leaders in the energy sector and campaigners. Visitors will see the latest industry developments and discuss where next for the sector in Europe.

UKTI is organising a bespoke programme for British companies and investors focusing on the prospects for UK business in China and Brazil.  Masdar will be using a session to appeal to UK energy companies to invest and do business in the energy hub of Abu Dhabi. There will also be a session aimed at investors in Britain’s burgeoning offshore wind industry.

UKTI’s programme of events is also designed to complement the main conference programme. Whereas a conference seminar will discuss where the money is going to come from to fund the new energy revolution, UK Trade & Investment’s seminar later on will discuss specific sources of funding for UK low-carbon companies.

“Continuing in the successful footsteps of its parent event the World Future Energy Summit, held annually in Abu Dhabi, EFEF 2010 provides the perfect platform for the European renewable energy industry to share knowledge and technology, advance solutions, invite investors and explore new partnerships,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar.

“Holding this forum in London is a testament to the historically strong bilateral relations between United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, as well as our aligned strategy and ambitious targets towards combating climate change.

“As experience has proved, taking real action to create viable solutions to the world’s energy challenge is dependent upon dialogue and collaboration.

“It is through Abu Dhabi’s visionary leadership that Masdar is once again poised to play a critical role in bringing nations together to drive real advances in policy, investment and innovation.”

For more information on UKTI at the EFEF go to: www.uktiatefef.com

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Media contact:

For more information please call James Clements at UK Trade & Investment on 020 7215 2491. E-mail: [email protected] or Lindsey Bredin at European Energy Forum on 07747 162 259 or [email protected]

 
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2.        ABOUT THE EUROPEAN FUTURE ENERGY FORUM

The European Future Energy Forum is an initiative developed with Masdar (Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted, multi-billion dollar investment in the development and commercialisation of innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies) and part of the Future Energy Event series of events that includes the World Future Energy Summit held annually in Abu Dhabi.

The first European Future Energy Forum was launched with great success in 2009 in Bilbao, Spain and saw 3,638 attendees from 43 countries worldwide attend. The format of the event is based on creating a vibrant environment where high-level debate can take place on through a large conference platform, as well as knowledge exchanging workshops, small round table discussions and international networking and business meetings.  

European Future Energy Forum is run by Masdar, the future energy investment company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. Masdar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company, an investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi.

This event brings together businesses and organisations that have solutions and opportunities for the global renewable energy and environmental technology market with large international investors and government decision makers. For further information and to register to attend see www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com