Press Release 11 November 2007
ADDRESS FROM THE ITALIAN PRESIDENT
OF THE REPUBLIC TO THE CONGRESS
Rome, 11 November 2007 - The president of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano today sent a message to launch the opening of the 20th World Energy Congress taking place in Rome.Following is the letter the President sent from the Quirinale:
"THE 20th World Energy Congress brings together the worlds of business, science and research and provides a chance to exchange ideas and knowledge about one of the most sensitive and complex issues of our time which has serious economic, environmental and social implications.
In a world which will see a significant increase in energy needs and a progressive reduction in the supplies traditionally available, discovering sources of alternative and renewable energy has become a serious priority if we are to ensure the planet has a fair chance of progress.
The role of research is therefore essential if we are to meet the challenge of sustainable energy use and to safeguard the global environment and eco-system.
The work of all the participants will provide a significant contribution to solving these serious social issues. I am speaking to you, kind president, to the organizers and to all of the participants, kind regards and good luck with your work".
The president will meet a delegation from the World Energy Council on Wednesday. The delegation will include André Caillé, WEC chairman and Chicco Testa, chairman of the WEC organizing committee.
The World Energy Council in partnership with Oliver Wyman (global consulting firm) has over the past year worked on its third Assessment of country energy and climate policy aiming to identify key areas for policy improvements and to understand how successful policies can be transferred from one country to another. more >