Weekly green agenda: Energaia, COP16, and advance notice of International CES

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The Independent Online

This week the latest technology in the fields of environmental protection and renewable energy will be exhibited at Energaia in France, members of the public can follow the most important environmental event of the year COP16 online and smart grid enthusiasts start counting down to International CES - one of the biggest technology exhibitions of 2011.



November 29 - December 10
Cancun, Mexico

Potentially the biggest environmental event of the year, COP16 is a gathering of governmental officials and environmental experts from around the world in an attempt to agree on a treaty to replace the Kyoto protocol. Members of the public are able to follow the event online through a variety of media sources including Twitter - Global Campaign for Climate Action http://twitter.com/#!/tcktcktck; Greenpeace http://twitter.com/#!/greenpeace - and the official COP16 account at http://twitter.com/#!/cop16. Information about the summit is also available on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/COP16 and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/cop16mex.


December 8-11
Montpellier Exhibition Center
Montpellier, France

Though both Energaia and Pollutec (November 30 - December 3) attract a similar number of visitors and exhibitors, unlike Pollutec, Energaia focus solely on the application and development of renewable energy technologies rather than the wider environmental concerns addressed at Pollutec. At this year's event photovoltaics company Sanyo will be exhibiting a unique version of their HIT solar cell with a honeycomb structure that has been designed specifically for the French market.

44th International CES

January, 6-9, 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center/Las Vegas Hilton
Las Vegas, USA

One of the biggest consumer electronics events of the year CES, which has been running since 1967, is often used as a launching pad for the latest consumer gadgets. This year's event has a distinctively environmental angle with many companies showcasing their latest intelligent, energy saving smart grid appliances. Exhibitors of energy saving appliances at CES 2011 include, Energy Hub, Belkin and HomeGrid Forum. The event attracts over 126,600 visitors each year and is one of the most important dates on technology enthusiasts' calendars.