International renewable energy centre to open in Brazil

International renewable energy centre to open in Brazil

VIENNA, 28 May 2013 – Kandeh K. Yumkella, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Jorge Samek, the Director of Brazil’s Itaipu Binacional, the world’s largest generator of renewable clean energy, today announced the creation of the International Centre for Renewable Energies – Biogas (CI-Biogas) in Brazil.

The announcement was made at the Vienna Energy Forum taking place in the Austrian capital. Some 1,500 participants will attend the three-day event, which has been organized by UNIDO, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

The new Centre will be located at the Itaipu Technological Park, in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. It will be a joint venture between UNIDO, Itaipu and a number of partners, including private sector associations.

CI-Biogas’ mission is to promote the production and use of biogas as an efficient and environmentally sustainable source of renewable energy. Speaking at the Vienna Energy Forum, both Yumkella and Samek highlighted the potential of biogas energy, including for rural and industrial development, and its positive environmental impacts.

The creation of CI-Biogas was first discussed and agreed on during the Rio+20 Conference by representatives of Brazil’s Ministry of Mining and Energy, UNIDO, ITAIPU and other partners.

For more information, please contact:

Cicero Bley
CI-Biogas President