|10 November 2015|

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2016 will welcome global business innovators and investors to Abu Dhabi to discuss the opportunities created by the region’s ongoing investment in renewable energy.

Part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and hosted by Masdar, WFES is an annual platform where the best and brightest minds come together to exchange ideas, explore the latest developments, and address challenges in the future energy arena. The event will take place on 18-21 January 2016, and is set to attract more than 30,000 attendees from 170 countries, and 650 exhibiting companies from more than 40 countries.

The WFES conference agenda will bring some of the world’s most influential energy leaders to the stage, including ministers, regulators, top-level industry professionals, and chief economists, who will discuss impending issues in the renewable energy sector. Topics covered will range from addressing challenges faced by the region’s utility providers, and innovative approaches to financing renewable projects, to trends that will shape the industry over the next two decades, and a country spotlight on Egypt’s solar and wind markets.

“With the demand for energy expected to increase by more than one-third over the next two decades, it is becoming essential that we diversify our resource pool to create a more sustainable model for energy security,” said Maria-Jose Nadeau, chair of the World Energy Council. “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all is among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 put forward by the UN, and renewables will play an integral role in making this happen.”

The 2016 edition will also see the launch of WFES Solar Expo, a dedicated area on the show floor for showcasing solar technology and innovation, helping governments to meet ambitious targets for renewable energy.

WFES 2016 will take place on 18-21 January 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.