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Alliance hints new member will be from renewables sector

Energy Cities Alliance marked its 10th anniversary at IMEX trade show in Frankfurt

Pictured: Per Morten Haarr

The Energy Cities Alliance has marked its 10th anniversary by unveiling a three-point action.

Speaking at the IMEX meetings industry trade show, in Frankfurt, Per Morten Haarr, director of the Stavanger Convention Bureau director, said the alliance would be unveiling a new member shortly.

He said: “I can tell you the new member is likely to be a city that is strong in the renewables sector as opposed to the traditional oil and gas sector and we are looking Latin America and South East Asia.”

Generating greater knowledge exchange between universities in member destinations and making better use of ambassador programmes were the alliance’s other priorities for the next ten years.

The alliance’s four members are Stavanger, in Norway, Aberdeen, in Scotland, Calgary, in Canada and Abu Dhabi, in UAE. The group was established at the 2007 ICCA Congress in Thailand.

Since forming, the alliance has forged joint marketing and advocacy initiatives and discovered a wide range of shared areas of expertise related to directly or indirectly to the energy sector.

Some of these have been surprising. For example some of the technology used in the energy has found its way into the health care sector. Other overlaps have been discovered in finance, education and ICT.



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