The issues and challenges of climate change continue to generate much concern and debate. However, up front and centre for governments and NGOs the world over is the quest to generate real and viable solutions.
Earlier this month, and against this backdrop, London played host to two key events aimed at promoting collaboration and partnership between businesses, governments and academia, in the field of Renewable Energy, from Israel and the UK.
On 16 October, the Fourth Ambassador’s Round Table on Renewable Technology gathered over 50 scientists, entrepreneurs, diplomats, parliamentarians and academics from both Israel and the UK.
The day-long conference enabled participants to identify opportunities for Anglo-Israeli cooperation in the development and implementation of renewable energy technologies. The delegates exchanged experiences and relevant expertise, after which they considered what both countries are doing in order to meet their respective renewable energy goals. Serious consideration was also given to how both countries might remove the obstacles that are hindering or preventing real progress in this area.
The conference, organised by Ruth Saunders from the Anglo- Israel Association and opened by its Chairman Lord Bew, was chaired by Oliver Morton, Senior Editor of The Economist. Opening remarks were given by HE Daniel Taub, Ambassador of Israel to the UK, and HE Matthew Gould, UK’s Ambassador to Israel while the keynote speech was given by Nick Butler, Professor and Chair of the Kings Policy Institute.
The following day, the Trade and Economic Office together with UK Israel Business organised a Renewable Energy Breakfast, kindly hosted by Bank Leumi. The Breakfast panel discussion brought together a panel of industry experts to discuss the current trends in renewable energy and expectations for 2013.
Chaired by Warren Taylor from Nabarro, the panel consisted of Ophir Gore, Director of Renewable Energy & Alternative Fuels Department at Israel New Tech, Tom Williams, Partner at WHEB Infrastructure, and Dr Hanna Hellman, Associate at AE Ventures, BP Alternative International.
Those who attended the breakfast also heard from Ophir Gore about the new Oil Free Transport Initiative that is being launched in Israel, in addition to receiving presentations from two exciting start-ups within this field: Lior Handelsman, VP Product Strategy & Business Development for Solaredge Technologies and Dr Nathan Sela PhD, Co-founder and VP of R&D for Pentalum, both presented on their companies’ strategies and technologies.
These two events are a symbol of the growing relationship between Israel and the UK in the field of clean technology. This is further strengthened by the UK delegation to Eilat-Eilot next month that will be led by Rohan Silva, a Senior Advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron.
At Eilat-Eilot, Mr Silva and the UK delegation will see and experience the latest technological breakthroughs in the low carbon energy sector while being exposed to the notable and ever-growing commercial opportunities that those technologies present.
To hear more about the UK delegation to Eilat-Eilot, please contact Simon Spier at the Embassy of Israel’s Trade and Economic Office: email@example.com.