Recently world leaders met in Johannesburg and agreed to
increase the utilization of renewable energies such as solar,
wind, hydro and biomass. This commitment is sure to bolster
an industry which currently employs approximately 400,000
people worldwide and has returned steady growth rates in the
range of 15% per annum over the previous decade. Vast opportunities
still exist to increase rates of implementation, offset the
impact of global climate change caused by greenhouse gases
and concurrently provide critically needed energy supplies
to developing regions. In previous years many obstacles to
the renewables industry have been identified and many can
now be overcome: Lack of knowledge in public and political
circles, inadequate legislation, inefficient lobbying and
insufficient market assessments are just some of them.
The second pillar of a sustainable energy policy is energy
efficiency. Roughly one third of the energy is consumed by
traffic and about the same amount in builings, principally
for heating and cooling. Therefore architecture and urbanism
play an important role in a more energy efficient and sustainable
society. Applied research, new concepts and incentives show
the way towards sustainability at RIO 3.
RIO 3, a follow-up to the successful RIO 02, brings together
leading experts from science, industry and politics to report
on the latest research results, demonstrate new products and
services, present successful applications, and form effective
networks. To participate in new contacts and cooperation,
in exchange of knowledge, technology and field experiences,
come to Rio in December 03 and we will show the world how
sustainable development can become a reality.
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