01.12.2010 | SEF: Bonn Symposium 2010 “New Sources of Energy – New Conflicts?”

New Sources of Energy – New Conflicts? – this is the subject of the Bonn Symposium 2010, which will be realized the third time on 1 December by the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF) in cooperation with the GTZ.

There is already a variety of technologies available for renewable energy. Yet the technical feasibility of bio, solar and geothermal energy as well as wind and hydro power is just one aspect of future energy supply. The development of new and renewable energy sources also asks for a reconciliation of interests and political regulation. What is of value to the eco-balance might not always be socially responsible. Bio fuel may sooth one’s ecologic conscience, but elsewhere it can detract precious crop land that would otherwise be used for food production. Renewable energy can in one place be subsidized, but elsewhere it represents a costly technology and therefore inefficient resource.

Is there a threat for a new divide between poor and rich countries, this time concerning the access to clean energy, literally a Renewables Gap? Do geopolitical conflicts of rare resources, essential for new technologies, slowly become apparent? How should large-scale projects by “the West” be set up in order to foster fair and sustainable living conditions in developing countries? Discuss it with us!

Panelists among others:

Adnan Amin, Interim Director-General of IRENA, Abu Dhabi

Dr Anantha Duraiappah, Executive Director International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, Bonn

Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director of ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Cape Verde

Ernst Rauch, Head of Corporate Climate Center of Munich Reinsurance Company, Munich


Conny Czymoch, Journalist

Organizers: Development and Peace Foundation (SEF) in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)

Date and place:

Public event on 1 December from 15.00 to 21.00 h, Haus der Geschichte, Bonn

Closed experts conference on 2 December from 09.00 to 17.30 h, Deutsche Welle, Bonn


For taking part in the public event on 1 December please fill out the application form on our website http://www.bonn-symposium.de/bs_home0.html. The website also offers the full conference programme and more additional information.

Participation in the expert conference requires personal invitation.