Mr. Francois Pages from Cleantech, a banker converted to green energy, has been the guest speaker of the last day.
He firstly made a historical overview of the energy sector, and then went quickly through the most energy efficient countries; the main point was that the most inefficient countries are the ones that have natural resources, such as Russia. Moreover, surprisingly among the “shame” countries there are Australia and Canada.
Afterward, Mr. Pages focused on the currently best performing countries in terms of green energy: Japan, UAE, and Denmark.
Japan’s considered as a quiet achiever and distressed actor. A quiet achiever because Japan is one of the best performing countries in terms of trash collecting, waste management and green buildings, indeed more than 100 cities in Japan are covering their energy needs from green sources; and distressed actor because the country pushes since the 70’s toward energy independence .
Moreover, an interesting thing is that during summer Japanese business men are allowed to go to office without tie and even jacket; this because it’s been realized that cooling is consuming more energy than warming.
UAE is the new comer. In particular, it is very interesting the MASDAR project: the “zero emission city” in Abu Dhabi.
The project’s core is a planned city, which is being built by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the government of Abu Dhabi.
The city will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology and will be a car free city.
Another best practice is Samso: Denmark’s renewable energy island.
The main points of its renewable energy strategy are:
– 100% self-sufficient with wind generated electricity
– About 70% of island heating needs are met with renewable energy
– Transportation energy consumption is 100% compensated by the electricity production from the offshore wind turbines.
Where is the money for financing Cleantech?
A necessary combination of public and private financing.
The key takeaway is that you should never build a business only on subsidies, but rather run one that is sustainable even without them.
That’s all for now beautiful people…God bless you 🙂