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,
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 worlds
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
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