The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) will be held at the UAE capital’s Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 5–7 April 2021, with a broader market focus and expanded business agenda. This business event will feature a new, three-day format, bringing together stakeholders from government and private sectors, finance, technology providers, innovators, academics and industry leaders.
The new format of the event was developed following extensive consultation with key industry stakeholders and partners, as per the press release. During the week attendees will experience a programme of accelerated business meetings and networking delivered by the dedicated Sustainability Business Connect team.
Grant Tuchten, Group Event Director - World Future Energy Summit, highlighted the range of new business, education and networking features, saying: “The revised, multi-pronged format of the event will offer attendees the opportunity to conduct business and engage with industry colleagues through a platform of their choice: whether on the exhibition floor or in a virtual meeting space.”
“As the region’s most important platform for business and innovation, our primary goal is to connect buyers and sellers, and offer exceptional value for all stakeholders that cannot be achieved through any other format. The event will showcase thousands of innovations, technologies and present best practices for the future, supporting a more sustainable approach to a global economic recovery,” he added.
While the entire world is dealing with unexpected circumstances that have understandably taken centre stage, the climate emergency has not gone away and is one of the most pressing matters for the future of humanity. Yet tackling the environment’s greatest challenges will do far more than improve our physical world, as it could also go a long way in helping global economies to start healing. Therefore, it is imperative to repair the economy and the climate together, said the event organiser.
A recent report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) showed that accelerating investment in renewable energy could power an economic recovery with worldwide GDP gains of almost $100tn over the next 30 years. In response, the Agency’s Director-General, Francesco La Camera, urged governments to invest in renewable energy in order to stimulate economic growth while helping to meet climate targets, something that is in line with the World Future Energy Summit’s remit to take centre stage in the promotion of global green technologies.
“Over the past 13 years, the Summit has firmly established itself as the leading global platform for, not only future energy, but sustainability and green technology, too. The event has been carefully curated to maximise networking and business opportunities in the fast-evolving future of the energy and sustainability sectors,” remarked Tuchten.
The event will feature a newly formed Climate and Environment Expo & Forum, which will showcase the latest advancements, innovative technologies and best practice to help accelerate the business of local and global climate resilience. There will also be an expanded Energy Forum covering key topics such as green hydrogen, energy storage and digitalisation.
The other five expos and forums include Energy, Water, Solar, Smart Cities and the co-located EcoWASTE Exhibition & Forum in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Centre for Waste Management – Tadweer.
The event will also host the fourth Climate Innovations Exchange (CLIX), launched to explore the world’s most innovative technologies to combat climate change challenges, as well as to provide a dynamic and agile platform that connects start-ups and investors. The 2021 event will feature two new themes: Smart Cities and Climate Resilience, in addition to Energy, Food, Agriculture and Space.
Since the inaugural event in 2008, WFES has grown to host 34,000 visitors from 125 countries and, earlier this year, featured 840 exhibiting companies and brands. According to economic impact data from ADNEC, the 2020 summit delivered AED 150 million to the business economy, supported 738 jobs and generated 24,220 room nights with 96 percent of international visitors highlighting they were likely to return to Abu Dhabi for leisure.