About Green Aruba VII
Since 2010, Green Aruba has served as an exceptional platform to showcase Aruba's progress in sustainable energy transition. Most importantly, this conference has made it possible for other countries, institutions and experts from all over the world to share valuable information, knowledge, experiences and best practices. Together we have helped each other to overcome challenges and reach our common goals on the path of transformation to a sustainable energy mix.
The Development of Green Aruba Conferences
Aruba started its Journey in 2009 and highlighted its commitments with the first annual Green Aruba Conference in 2010, with the theme " Our Future with Green Energy". Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as the keynote speaker elaborated on the topic "Aruba is ready as a small nation to lead the way". Since then Aruba's vision has spread to the region and the world.
In 2011 Aruba organized a three-day conference with the theme "The Green Gateway" with Sub-themes such as, Green Energy for Small Island Countries, The Future of Green Energy and Green Finance. His Majesty King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands was present as the conference keynote speaker.
In 2012 at the Rio+20 conference Sir Richard Branson and the Prime Minister of Aruba Mr. Mike Eman announced a partnership with Carbon War Room (CWR) to transition the island to 100% renewable energy.
At the Green Aruba 2012 Conference "Smart & Sustainable – Alternative Energy" Dutch, American, Regional and other international experts on wind, solar and maritime energy technologies were invited to the island to share their knowledge of new and proven technologies in these fields. Dutch Physicist and Former ESA Scientist Astronaut, Prof. dr. Wubbo Ockels was present as the conference keynote speaker and co-founder of "Happy Energy". "Happy Energy" is an organization that inspires society in a positive way to create a livable world.
The Green Aruba conference "Our Road to 2020" partnered in 2013 with the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), the region's largest gathering of regional and international energy stakeholders with Former President of Costa Rica, and President of Carbon War Room Mr. Jose Maria Figueres as keynote speaker.
In 2014 for the first time, the Green Aruba Conference and the Europe Meets the Americas Conference were combined into one gathering (GA- EMA) with the theme "Green Aruba where Europe Meets the Americas". The aim of the conference was to attract companies, government officials and investors from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean region. The focus of GA-EMA was on four sustainable solutions: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Technology, Sustainable Infrastructure and Sustainable Tourism. Mr. Fabien Cousteau was the keynote speaker of the conference and spoke about "Nature is a Business, Today and Tomorrow".
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Jan Peter Balkenende was also present as a conference speaker and shared information on how the "Green Gateway offers prospect for Aruba".
In 2015 Green Aruba, in collaboration with the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Carbon War Room - Rocky Mountain Institute hosted the Aruba Learning Event (ALE). The goal of the ALE was to accelerate learning and gain insights by sharing regional experience and best practices from RE implementation throughout the Caribbean and other island nations. Together with this collaboration Green Aruba hosted a two day conference with over 400 delegates from 42 different nations. Green Aruba had the honor to receive a video message from the Former President of the United States of America Bill Clinton and a letter addressed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon. In addition, Mr. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States was present as the opening keynote speaker while the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Integral Group LLC, Mr. Egbert Perry as the closing speaker. In total more than 30 speakers, panelist and moderators, presented their views on the main theme of "Shared Sustainability".