Geo Tenerife director Sharon Backhouse said, “Tenerife is best known as one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations but it is soon to be a world player in the promotion of sustainable living.
This makes it the ideal destination for scientific field trips.
“We are grateful to Carlos Alonso Rodríguez, President of the Tenerife government for his commitment to renewable energy. Now we want University field trip organisers worldwide to choose Tenerife for scientific educational visits.”
Sharon Backhouse is organising a London conference in Pall Mall on Friday 2 May, and is bringing some of Tenerife’s leading scientists to talk about their most exciting renewable energy projects.
Sharon Backhouse added, “I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity and perseverance of Tenerife innovators. The island has fabulous natural resources. But it’s shocking that around 95% of its energy needs are currently met using oil. Spain as a whole produces up to 50% of its electricity from wind power alone. Why not Tenerife? And this an island blessed year-round by sun, wind, sea and volcano power.
“Thankfully now there is a new breed of innovators and politicians determined to be at the forefront of the 100% renewable energy campaign, working hard to tap Tenerife’s incredible resources for the future. We are delighted to bring some of them to London to talk to educationalists about their achievements and ambitions”.
The timing is perfect. The latest Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change’s (IPCC) report underscores the urgent need for politicians to act now to build a more sustainable future for the planet.
Speakers will look at the key steps already taken in this direction – and the science and commitment needed for the future.
Tenerife’s geothermal potential: a challenge for the
island’s sustainability, Dr Nemesio Perez, Director, Environmental Research Division, ITER (Tenerife Renewable Energy Institute) and Coordinator of INVOLCAN (Canary Island Volcano Institute)
“TREE FOR AFRICA PROJECT” – A Mauritania / Tenerife government initiative, Carlos Pérez, Director, Constante Solar.
Biosphere Smart and the El Hierro island sustainability Observatory, Dr Javier Perez Marrero.
Capturing Tenerife’s clouds and bottling them, Theo Hernando Olmo, Agua de Niebla
Theo Hernando Olmo(r) and Agua de Niebla’s revolutionary installation for capturing and bottling cloud water.
Bioclimatism in Tenerife and ITER’s neighbourhood of 25 bioclimatic houses, Guillermo Galvan, Head of Wind Energy, ITER
The GeoTenerife conference, titled 100 per cent renewable – realistic or pipe dream? – takes place at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HS on Friday May 2. For the latest conference announcements, please see www.geotenerife.com