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About RIO 5 - LAREF 2005
  RIO 5 - LAREF 2005

The consumption of fossil fuels and the resultant CO2 emissions are considered to be a primary cause of global warming. Ultimately a sustainable energy supply can only be achieved through increased energy efficiency and the broad use of renewable energies.

Since the UN Earth Summit in 1992, Rio de Janeiro has been a premiere location from which progressive environmental ideas have emanated. Following in the tradition of previous World Climate & Energy Events (www.rio3.com, www.rio02.com), RIO 5 will focus on global strategies aimed at increasing the application of renewable energies in order to provide efficient, low or zero emission energies to all the world’s population.

The RIO 5 – World Climate and Energy Event will take place from February 15th -17th, 2005 in Rio de Janeiro and from February 18th-20th, 2005 in Fortaleza,Brazil.

The International RIO 5 Congress will bring together leading experts from the fields of scientific research, politics and industry. Previous attendees at RIO 3 were: Dr. Hermann Scheer (Alternative Nobel Prize Winner, General chairman WCRE, President Eurosolar), Prof. Dr. Maurício Tolmasquim (Brazilian Ministry of Energy (MME)), Dr. Franz Alt (journalist and best-seller author), Prof. Dr. Peter Landsberg (University of Southampton), Fernando Gabeira (Brazilian actionist and Federal Deputy), Dr. Bautista Vidal (initiator of the Pro-Álcool, the largest renewable power program ever), Rosa Moreno (Greenpeace), Laura Porto (MME), Everaldo Feitosa (Director Brazilian Wind Energy Center, Vice President World Wind Energy Center).

The World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), the Brazilian Ministry of Energy (MME), the German Energy Agency (DENA), International Capacity Building (InWEnt) and ISES Brazil are fully backing the event and will send top representatives.

The Latin America Renewable Energy Fair (LAREF 2005), in conjunction with RIO 5, will give companies and institutions the opportunity to present the latest in energy technologies and services to a growing Latin American and World market.

With the implementation of the Renewable Energy Incentive Program PROINFA, Brazil has become the leading market for renewable energies in Latin America. The PROINFA guarantees the construction of at least 1100 MW of biomass, 1100 MW of wind and 1100 MW of small hydro power plants. Other governmental programs such as PRODEEM, “Luz para todos” (Light for all) open the market for solar energy technologies.

At LAREF 2003 the German Ministry of Economics & Labour (BMWA), Petrobrás, CanalEnergia, Wobben Windpower, GTZ, SEBRAE, Q-cells AG, Valentin - Energysoftware, Ersol Solar Energy AG, Solon AG, Nordex, Kyocera Solar do Brasil, Greenpeace and more exhibited their products and projects. The event was supported by the German Ministry of Economics & Labour (BMWA) and International Capacity Building, Germany (InWEnt), AHK, German Energy Agency (DENA), Heinrich Boell Foundation, CanalEnergia, FURNAS and State of Rio de Janeiro. Most of these organizations and companies will be present at the LAREF 2005 and support us again.

In addition, the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) will hold its Third World Renewable Energy Forum at RIO 5. Related workshops on sustainable architecture, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Carbon dioxide trading, and practical knowledge of renewable energy implementation will accompany the event. Excursions to currently operating and future Brazilian energy projects are scheduled from the 19th to 20st of February. Numerous international networking opportunities abound.

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