WFES to highlight jobs in renewable energy sector

January 7, 2013 by  
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More than $257bn was invested in renewable energy in 2011 according to a report, showing its emergence as an economically viable industry.

Further, according to the REN21 Renewables 2012 Global Status Report, 200 million homes worldwide now collect solar hot water, and globally some 5m jobs have been created in renewable energy industries.

Tapping into this is the sixth edition of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), which will take place in Abu Dhabi from January 15-17 and feature the UAE’s first Green Jobs Fair.

Naji El Haddad, show director for WFES 2013, said: “With the World Future Energy Summit confirming its position as the world’s foremost event for the sustainability sector, we want to keep adding more value for the 30,000 people expected to attend.

“We also want to keep up with the current trends in the renewable energy industries, and support the sector as it becomes more important to the global economy,” he added.

The inaugural Green Jobs Fair has been organised in collaboration with Reed Exhibitions. It is dedicated to the renewable and sustainable energy sector, and will offer job seekers an opportunity to connect with potential employers at the event.

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It will also facilitate networking, as well as job and internship search and placement for participating students and young professionals. 

Maha Al Mansouri, the director of human resources at Masdar, said: “Green energy is one of the new and fast-emerging sectors that requires qualified and adequately-trained professionals. As an organisation committed to Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification, Masdar believes the right talent will help drive sustainable social progress.

“The Green Jobs Fair at WFES 2013 will bring together dynamic minds with progressive clean energy organisations, and we hope the interaction will facilitate talent-spotting and suitable work placements, laying the groundwork for the clean energy sector to thrive.”

Frederic Theux, president of Reed Exhibitions, said the job fair will be an online-and-show-floor feature.

The Green Jobs Fair is jointly sponsored by Mubadala, Masdar, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and HR Source Consultancy.

HR Source Consultancy will schedule interviews between potential candidates and exhibiting partners, match qualified candidates with companies, and run seminars on themes including CV advice, what to expect from the current renewable energy jobs market.

WFES 2013 will also see the introduction of the ‘Sustainable Living Area’, incorporating the WFES Eco-Home endorsed by Estidama and the energy efficiency pavilion. The WFES Eco-Home is a real size, walk-in house featuring green and eco-friendly elements complying with the Estidama Pearl Rating System.

Also being showcased for the first time is the Technology Exchange Platform (TXP), which enables businesses to present and discuss their latest products, services and sustainable energy technologies to a global audience.

“The Green Ideas Fair and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Exhibition and Gallery are other exhibition features making their debut at WFES 2013, so we are really focusing on supporting the sector’s growth as renewable energy becomes a powerful and global mainstream industry,” added El Haddad.

“In addition to these new features, the Project and Finance Village first introduced in 2011 will return with more investors, more financiers and 40 projects, worth over $8 billion, looking for funding and technologies.”

The forthcoming World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the inaugural International Water Summit (IWS) will be part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2013. The events will take place from January 15-17, 2013 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), alongside the biennial International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi (ADIREC), and the third session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


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