WFES 2012 partners with WBCSD to promote business sustainability


World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its regional network partner responsible for the Gulf, the UAE BCSD, have been named Industry Supporters of the four-day summit, to be held in Abu Dhabi.

The Council will name the board members of its Vision 2050 Arabia project at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES 2012). Björn Stigson, President of WBCSD, will address the delegates at the event.

Working with business, government and non-governmental organizations, the WBCSD and the UAE BCSD share best practice, advise on policy making, and place special emphasis on promoting the sustainability agenda in developing countries.

Vision 2050 Arabia

The Council's Vision 2050 study outlines a pathway to enable a global population of 9 billion people to live within the limits of the world's natural resources. Twenty-nine international companies contributed to the research, describing the role businesses must play to realize a sustainable society.

The Vision 2050 was released at the 2010 World CEO Forum in New Delhi. Since then, different chapters of the Council have translated and adapted the Vision 2050 report at the national level.

With the support of the UAE BCSD, the Vision 2050 Arabia project will enlist Gulf-based businesses in developing a sustainable road map for the private sector in the region.

"Our partnership with WFES in 2012 will encourage the involvement of our members in the summit, help promote collaboration between businesses more generally in sustainable development, and create real momentum behind the Vision 2050 Arabia project," said Hussain Al Mahmoudi, President of the UAE BCSD.

Main event

Now in its fifth year, the WFES 2012 is the foremost international gathering aimed at advancing renewable energy, clean technology and energy efficiency – and is increasingly recognized as the main event on the future energy industry calendar.

The event expects to receive more than 26,000 attendees from 140 countries, including 3,000 delegates and 650 exhibiting companies from over 30 countries.

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