On its way to Copenhagen: Robert Swan's yacht 2041 reaches Rotterdam

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- RWE and Essent support climate protection campaigner's 'voyage for cleaner energy'
- Energy company calls on political leaders at Copenhagen UN Summit to strengthen international CDM projects

A month before the start of the United Nation's Copenhagen Climate Summit, British climate protection campaigner Robert Swan has today brought back his yacht 2041 to Rotterdam Harbour. At an event attended by over 100 guests including the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Maria van der Hoeven, Members of the European Parliament and officials from the city of Rotterdam, RWE and Essent celebrated the tenth anniversary of the yacht's awareness campaign for climate protection and the use of renewable power generation. Having completed 90,000 miles of its 'Voyage for Cleaner Energy', the yacht will now sail on to the Copenhagen Summit, proceeding on to Asia with a particular focus on China, before returning to Brazil in 2012 for the Earth Summit.

European energy company RWE has been supporting Robert Swan's activities for several years. In the past, both RWE and Essent sent employees to Antarctica on missions. Experts from RWE Innogy and RWE npower helped set up the E-base, which is powered by renewable energy.

Dr. Ulrich Jobs, Chief Operating Officer of RWE AG, said: "Robert Swan inspires us all to work towards developing the use of renewables further. His achievements are remarkable and motivation for us all to do more for climate protection." Jobs went on to call on political leaders at the Copenhagen Summit to pave the way for more international climate protection measures, namely those covered under the Clean Development Mechansim (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol: "RWE is involved in over 100 CDM projects across the globe to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are ready to do more and urge politicians to allow for that. We can achieve a great deal internationally through these cost efficient climate protection projects while at the same time continuously modernising power generation methods at home."

Peter Terium, CEO of Essent, said: "In recent years, Essent and RWE have achieved a great deal in the field of sustainability and will definitely continue to do so. We're looking to the future and are collaborating on initiatives like electric transport, wind energy and biomass - a fuel with which Essent is making an important contribution to the objectives agreed at European level to generate electricity in a sustainable manner." He went on to stress the importance of biomass: "If we wish to fulfil the climate objectives set for 2020, the use of biomass as a substitute fuel for coal and a stable subsidy policy for this - as well as the continued development of the offshore wind farms that we are working on - are necessary. Together, we are stronger when it comes to power generation from renewables. Our ambitions are big, and they are green. Essent and RWE are investing an average of €1 billion per year in renewables in Europe."

Robert Swan said: "After ten years on the 'Voyage for Cleaner Energy', our brave yacht 2041 has crossed the Atlantic and come back home to Rotterdam. It is a proud moment in my life and is an important milestone in the mission to preserve and protect Antarctica through industry adopting new practices in energy saving and the use of renewables. Hats off to the 2041 team and a big thank you to RWE for their support."
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