World expert visits DIT for renewable energy lecture

23 October 2003

World energy expert and German parliamentarian, Dr. Hermann Scheer today delivered a public lecture entitled 'Building a Sustainable Economy with Renewable Energy' in DIT Bolton Street. The lecture was organised by DIT's Faculty of the Built Environment, in partnership with Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability.

Currently a Member of the German Parliament, Dr. Hermann Scheer is credited as being largely responsible for establishing Germany as the world leader in production of wind energy in just ten years. In addition, he is President of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energies, and is General Council Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy. He has received many awards in recognition of his work and achievements, including the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1999, the World Solar Prize in 1998 and the World Prize for BioEnergy in 2000.

Describing Dr. Scheer as an exciting speaker, Time Magazine said last year: "Members of the German Parliament don't usually create much of a stir outside Europe but Hermann Scheer electrified a Washington audience last month with his gale-force enthusiasm... In the past decade, this earnest economist has, more than any single political leader, transformed Europe's energy landscape... Scheer who has preached his gospel in 100 countries, does not believe the world can afford to wait for the market alone to make wind and solar power competitive with fossil fuels. Renewable energy, he says, "is necessary for the assurance of life on earth. There is no time to waste."

Post-graduate course manager in the Department of Planning and Development in DIT, Yvonne McGlynn said the Institute was honoured to host Dr. Scheer's public lecture. "It is a great opportunity for students and colleagues to hear Hermann Scheer. Renewable energy and all forms of alternative energy are an important part of our Masters programme in Sustainable Development, the aim of which is to 'translate' the concept of sustainability and sustainable development into practical policy responses. The programme also extends beyond the purely environmental matters to social and economic considerations."

The Masters Programme in Sustainable Development is a one-year, full-time programme offered by the Department of Planning and Development within the Faculty of the Built Environment.

During his visit Dr. Scheer also launched 'Before the Wells Run Dry - Ireland's Transition to Renewable Energy', a 336-page large-format book developed from the Feasta/Tipperary Institute/Sustainable Energy Ireland conference which took place in Thurles in 2002. The book will be distributed by Lilliput Press in Ireland.

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