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REA to reset energy debate with Symposium

The UK’s leading trade association for the renewables industry, with over 1,000 members across renewable heat, power and transport fuels, is offering an opportunity to join an open and honest discussion with the leading lights in the UK energy and sustainability debate.

The event, ‘Energy, Security and Prosperity: REA Symposium 2013’, will be held at the Royal Institution in London on 26 March 2013. The symposium will bring together various speakers to debate energy resources to 2050 and the importance of embedding sustainability at the core of business and society.

Speakers include former BP CEO Tony Hayward on the future of fossil fuels; RWE npower chief executive Volker Beckers on the sustainable energy skills challenge; former chief scientific adviser Sir David King on technology and anthropology; and Rear Admiral Chris Parry on resource conflicts and global security.

REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said: “We firmly believe that renewables are on the cusp of making economic sense even if one does not believe in climate change. But we don’t want to be talking about subsidies, financial incentives and complex policies. So we are putting on an event which will be about renewables and their place in the energy mix of the future. You won’t get politicians or corporate advertising at this event, just fascinating speakers, lively audience participation and great networking.”

The evening will be rounded off with a keynote speech from former energy minister Charles Hendry MP.

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