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Professor Peter Droege is the new President of EUROSOLAR


The European Delegates' Assembly named Prof Peter Droege President of EUROSOLAR on 2 April 2011. The German Section of EUROSOLAR had nominated him. From among the Assembly delegates nine Vice-Presidents were elected.
The European Delegates' Assembly named Prof Peter Droege President of EUROSOLAR on 2 April 2011. The German Section of EUROSOLAR had nominated him. From among the Assembly delegates nine Vice-Presidents were elected.

Peter Droege, winner of the European Solar Prize, is a widely acknowledged expert in renewable and sustainable urban design, development and infrastructure. His teachings, research and work have emphasized the renewable city, the urban energy transformation to cities and towns powered by renewable energy and a 100% renewable world. He is now Professor and Chair of Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein. He also directs a major, cross-border applied research project to develop renewable energy – 'Lake Constance-Alpine Rhine Valley Energy and Climate Region' – an initiative the University of Liechtenstein is participating in. Before his appointment there he performed academic roles at Munich's Technical University of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Tokyo and different universities in Sydney. For over a decade he has served EUROSOLAR and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) on a voluntary basis, following Hermann Scheer's invitation to join as a WCRE founding member in the year 2000.

On his election Peter Droege said: "EUROSOLAR is the most important independently operating association for renewable energy in Europe, founded by Hermann Scheer, Irm Scheer-Pontenagel and supporters in Bonn in 1988. It is my responsibility to serve the European and German public, to support the national sections with their excellent work, and to carry on with the richly successful legacy of these first 20 years, energetically and in innovative ways. No further obstacles shall impede our move to a fully renewable world, founded foremost on decentralized and local resources. The shift to renewable energy is essential because social empowerment, economic prosperity and stability, regional regeneration and the healing of natural ecologies depend on it. And it is absolutely critical to confronting the unfolding climate chaos and the approaching oil production peak. Only a complete move to renewable energy can end the unspeakable suffering inflicted on mankind by our reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy. This dependence is rooted in history yet has become an affliction to be urgently overcome. It is outdated, dangerous and unnecessary."