Sherry Ayittey to speak at World Future Energy Summit

Ms. Sherry Aryittey - Environment Minister

Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Ms. Sherry Ayittey is listed among a number of high ranking global leaders who will be speaking at this year’s World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Ms. Ayittey told that her speech will center around renewable energy sources like solar and biogas.

The summit which begins January 18, 2010 will have the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs give the keynote address at the Energy Ministers’ panel session.

In a press statement, the organizers say the Finnish government announced this year that it will support efforts to limit global warming by cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050 in a report outlining its long-term climate and energy policy.

Renewable energy sources have an essential role in decreasing greenhouse gases and fighting climate change. Biomass, commonly plant matter grown to generate electricity or produce heat, is the most important renewable energy source in Finland, with its use accounting for about 20% of primary energy consumption. Solid biomass and large-scale hydropower dominate the market. Additional support in the form of feed-in tariffs is being considered for wind power.

Finnish cleantech companies are not only global leaders in bio-energy, but also cutting edge solutions can be found in areas such as energy-efficiency, clean industrial processes and components for wind power, it said.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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