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    Renewable Energy

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    18th November
    Solar Prize 2017
    Award Ceremony
    and Symposium

    Vienna, Austria

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IRENAPress release, Bonn, 20 January 2010
The International Renewable Energy Agency one year on

IRENA turned out to be a success many had not believed in. At EUROSOLAR we were convinced from the very beginning that it was right to take this road. Our tenacity was rewarded: We came a long way but finally achieved our target.

It took twenty years to launch the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA. On 26th January 2009 the time had come at long last: IRENA was established in Bonn and 75 governments joined immediately. To date the world organisation for renewable energy comprises 143 countries including the European Union. As a result IRENA represents over four billion people, nearly two-thirds of the world's population.

While IRENA started off in July 2009 this anniversary provides an occasion for making an initial assessment of how well it has done. IRENA generated magnetic effects and the demand for membership continues. Next to the three founders Germany, Denmark and Spain who signed on with IRENA many important countries followed, among them the United States, Australia, France, Britain, Japan and South Africa. The accession of major energy producers and consumers like Brazil, Canada, China and Venezuela is still outstanding. But nevertheless: Mexico is to join shortly and Saudi Arabia is ready to join, too.

It is known that not all our wishes came true. The city of Bonn did not become headquarters of IRENA as we had hoped for, but Abu Dhabi. And, contrary to what many considered a matter of course, EUROSOLAR president Hermann Scheer, who originated and pioneered the idea and creation of IRENA, did not become its director-general, since the German government had refrained from nominating him because it feared his candidacy would interfere with Bonn's application to host the IRENA headquarters. We have coped with our initial disappointment and come to terms with realities. The fact that IRENA was set up and can do its work is more important.

To begin with, an effective organisation structure, work processes and communication networks needed to be created in the Secretariat during the first year. The director-general strived to develop IRENA's distinct contours in the concert of numerous international organisations. Now in 2010 it has to take up its position. We also believe that the time has come to set up the IRENA innovation and technology centre in Bonn quickly, as was decided earlier. With a staff of 13 it will rather be a small division however.

There is plenty of work ahead for IRENA in 2010. Once its position taken up IRENA can take advantage of the next phase to become the global engine to accelerate the entry of renewable energy. The course of the Copenhagen deliberation on climate change has shown in the same way as its unsuccessful precursors have shown that it is impossible to find a solution to the jeopardized future on Earth when the aim is to come to a globally uniform climate policy with CO2 emissions trading. All countries, all governments, all regions, all towns, all the innumerable initiatives, including EUROSOLAR, every single human being – all have to become active themselves to tackle climate change and to effect the shift in our energy habit.

IRENA is expected to play a pivotal role in this process. It has to embrace it with courage and energy. Following a run-up period of one year it is time to gain pace.

Helmut Lölhöffel
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European Solar Prize

  • Award Ceremony of the European Solar Prize 2017 and Symposium 'The Energy Transition in Europe'

    Saturday, 18 November 2017, TU the Sky, Vienna

    Promoting the successful implementation of renewable energies – with this intention EUROSOLAR has been honoring cities, municipalities, architects, communal and private companies, associations, organizations and cooperatives, journalists and, of course, citizens who actively support the energy transition with the Solar Prizes for 24 years. Pioneers and leaders are put into the focus of public attention and illustrate how the realistic and practicable use of renewable energy is possible and how it contributes to the complete transformation of the energy system.

    Towards the end of each year, the award winners are invited to a celebratory event in a European city. Having previously been held in Prague and Barcelona, this year’s edition of the European Solar Prize will be awarded in Vienna. We are pleased to present this year's award winners together with EUROSOLAR-Austria on Saturday afternoon, 18 November 2017, at Technical University Vienna TU the Sky.

    In the morning, a symposium will be held on the topic 'The Energy Transition in Europe'. The speakers will present and discuss potentials and conclusions for a sustainable European energy system in the fields of solar architecture, urban planning, energy economy and energy politics. A visit of the buildings of the Technical University will take place just before the symposium.

    We would like to invite you to be part of the award ceremony and the exciting symposium. Both events are free of charge. We look forward to welcome you in Vienna!



    9:00 - 10:00 Visit of the buildings of Technical University Vienna (TU the Sky)

    10:00 Arrival, Registration, Coffee & Piano Music

    10:15 Welcome
    Prof. Peter Droege, EUROSOLAR

    10:30 - 12:30 Symposium 'The Energy Transition in Europe'
    moderated by Wolfgang Hein, EUROSOLAR Austria

    Principles of Sustainable Architecture and the Use of Renewable Energy
    Prof. Karin Stieldorf, TU Vienna
    Best Practice Examples of Solar Architecture in Europe
    Astrid Schneider, Austrian Institute of Technology
    Immediate Urban and Regional Tasks in the Energetic Reconstruction of Europe
    Prof. Peter Droege, EUROSOLAR
    Perspectives for a Sustainable European Energy Policy
    Stephan Grüger, Member of the Hessian Parliament, EUROSOLAR
    Perspectives for a Sustainable European Energy Economy
    Prof. Stefan Schleicher, University of Graz (tbc)


    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break & Piano Music

    Arrival, Registration

    14:00 - 17:00 Award Ceremony of the European Solar Prize 2017
    moderated by Wolfgang Hein, EUROSOLAR Austria

    Prof. Sabine Seidler, TU Vienna (tbc)
    Dr. Hans Otto Schmidt, EUROSOLAR Austria
    Mag. Thomas Reindl, City of Vienna

    N.N., Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy

    Presentation of this year's Award Winners
    moderated by Prof. Peter Droege, EUROSOLAR

    17:00 - 18:00 Get Together & Piano Music


    Getreidemarkt BA Hochhaus

    Technical University Vienna (TU the Sky)
    Getreidemarkt 9
    1060 Vienna, Austria




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  • About the European Solar Prize

    The European Solar Prize Award was established in 1994 by EUROSOLAR in cooperation with its national sections. It has since been handed out every year to towns and municipalities, community businesses, associations or organizations, architects, journalists and individuals for their extraordinary accomplishments and significant contributions to the use and expansion of renewable energy in Europe. With the Solar Prize EUROSOLAR recognizes outstanding commitment to renewable energy.

    The prize is given to make pioneers and leaders the focus of public attention all over Europe and to give fresh impetus to a renewable energy-based and decentralized energy turnaround. It honors outstanding and innovative projects and initiatives from all parts of society. At the end of each year the award winners are celebrated at a festive gathering in different European countries.

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