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"We need Climate Heroes", Schwarzenegger's appeal at the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress EuropeZürich, )
With their third Cleantech Congress Europe, ThomasLloyd - a global investment banking and investment management group specialized in clean technologies - are setting new benchmarks in the branch. Guided by moderator Sabine Christiansen, a total of 1,200 guests, partners and VIPs discussed the future of global infrastructure investments and cleantech engagement with experts from the ThomasLloyd group and international keynote speakers. Over 5,000 additional guests followed the event in a multilingual live-stream, which was accessible worldwide.
Both guests and speakers agreed that global energy demand is likely to rise further in the coming years as a result of population increase, rising incomes and advancing industrialization. "The emerging economies in particular will play a substantial role in this increased consumption. According to the BP Energy Outlook 2030, non-OECD countries will make up around 90% of the worldwide increase in population in 2030. At the same time, the share of these countries on the rising energy demand will increase to around 93%. Developing alternative energy infrastructure and production capacities for these markets is one of ThomasLloyd's manifested goals, which we are working on with our project partners worldwide. The attendant representatives from Cambodia and the Philippines are just one example of this long-term, successful cooperation", stated T.U. Michael Sieg, CEO and chairman of the ThomasLloyd Group. "Today we have shown that the path we chose in 2006 was the right one", Sieg added.
The "Climate Heroes" are the investors financing the energy shift
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 38th governor of California and one of the best-known cleantech advocates in the United States, gave a very personal insight into his social and political commitment to renewable energies. Governor Schwarzenegger also uses the metaphor of the four-legged chair that can only stand stably on all its legs. That is to say, only when the effort to avoid climate change is complemented by the creation of new jobs, the aspect of national security through energy autonomy and the avoidance of illnesses caused by environmental pollution could the problem be observed and solved holistically. His message and his success formula for environmental protection were presented by the former governor in an equally figurative way to the audience in Frankfurt. Namely that success cannot be achieved simply by informing people of the negative effects of climate change, but rather by presenting active solutions and focusing on positive impulses. "Of course you can keep on heating your Jacuzzi, but heat it with solar power", says the 65 year old, who also stated that he taught his children to use energy responsibly from an early age.
A similarly positive image was given by Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the pioneering Stern-Report, which examined the economic effects of climate change for the first time in 2006. After recently returning from consultation with the political and economic world elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Stern was able to share some of the insights he gained there with the audience in Frankfurt. Whilst during the past few years the financial and economic crisis has been the dominating topic in political discussions, Stern confirmed that sustainability and climate change are starting to come back into the focus of the world's political decision makers. This is a positive, sustainable signal for all investors to further support the development of renewable energies and infrastructure.
By far the most emotional appeal of the day was delivered by His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, one of the world's most influential environmental activists, known also as the "Green Sheikh". His Highness emphasized the fact that sustainability and responsibility do not end with the question of energy supply. He urged of all those present to show respect for creation, responsibility for future generations and a more considerate approach to natural resources. As a representative of one of the ruling families in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, he stated that he is highly aware of his personal responsibility.
ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress Europe Established in the Cleantech Calendar
For the third time this year, the ThomasLloyd Group is discussing current developments and trends pertaining to international infrastructure investments in the renewable energy sector with investors and renowned guests from the finance world, industry and research. Also invited to this event were several top German athletes, including the gymnast Fabian Hambüchen, Olympic medal winner in Peking and London, the four-time world and European ice-skating champions Aljona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy as well as the Olympic and world fencing champion Britta Heidemann, Neven Subotic, central defender at the federal league football team Borussia Dortmund and Edgar Itt, former German athlete and Olympic medal winner. "With the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress, we as an investment house set standards for the entire branch, and wish to actively encourage cooperation between economy and ecology. Heightening the awareness for cleantech across sector and industry boundaries is also one of our central goals" explains chairman and CEO T.U. Michael Sieg. "Our comprehensive expertise in the sectors of renewable energies and cleantech are rooted in the exchange between investors, high-profile scientists and cleantech experts. This direct exchange makes the ThomasLloyd group a leading, recognized address worldwide for infrastructure investments supporting clean environmental technologies", says Sieg.
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