News 2013

Sunlabob CEO joins in signing of ‘Freiburg Call to Action’ at 2nd International Convention of Environmental Laureates

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Andy Schroeter, co-founder and CEO of Sunlabob, participated this week in the 2nd International Convention of Environmental Laureates held in Freiburg, Germany.

Organized by the European Environment Foundation, the convention gathered more than 80 environmental thought leaders, business executives and academics from 45 nations to discuss new paths and approaches to climate protection, energy efficiency and sustainable and energy efficient products and technologies.

“Bringing together the collective knowledge and perspective of energy and environment-focused business leaders, policy experts and academics is an important step in progressing sustainable energy and smart growth,” said Schroeter, who holds more than 15 years of experience in creating innovative models for village-based micro-enterprises that use clean energy and water.

The centerpiece of the forum was the adoption of the Freiburg Call to Action, a declaration calling for enterprises and governments at local, national and international levels to be proactive in advancing new energy frameworks and smart environmental policy.

The declaration calls upon coalitions to work in coordination to actionably address the following specific measures:

  • The formulation of positive targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy use, to be communicated at international meetings and monitored by an international agency.
  • Intensive development of sustainable innovations of global significance in the sector of energy efficiency and renewable energies.
  • New avenues of funding for innovation and infrastructural development.
  • The formation of global networks for cultural exchange and sustainable transformation.

Within the broader convention dialogue, Schroeter highlighted the critical role of public-private partnerships in the development and implementation of sustainable and energy efficient policies and technologies. Drawing on Sunlabob’s more than decade of experience with rural electrification in developing regions, Schroeter stressed that a “hand-in-hand” approach between the public and private sectors are necessary for sustainable development to be achieved.

Schroeter stated that, “Whether developing a national energy efficiency policy, or implementing a village mini-grid, the same elements are necessary for long-term success: the on-the-ground knowledge of the private sector combined with the resources and reach of governments and multilateral agencies.”

To view the full text of the Freiburg Call to Action, please visit here.

For more information on the 2nd International Convention of Environmental Laureates, please visit the website of the European Environment Foundation.