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  Technologies for sustainable energy production are here.
  Now is the time to use them.

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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