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Editorial
Klaus Toepfer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNEP, and Corrado Clini, Director General of the Italian Ministry of Environment and former co-Chair of the G8 Task Force on Renewable Energy

Key to development
Gerhard Schroeder, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, says that sustainable energy supplies are essential to combat poverty, prevent crises and conflicts and safeguard natural resources

The energy challenge
Ted Turner, Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, describes the imperatives of tackling energy poverty and climate change – and work done by the UN Foundation to address them

Plant power
Richard G. Lugar, Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, calls for a new green revolution to combat global warming and reduce world instability

Bioenergy: doing well while doing right
Timothy E. Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation; C. Boyden Gray, partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering; John D. Podesta, President of the Center for American Progress, describe the great potential for energy security and the environment in growing one’s own fuel

New energy for development
M. Kannappan, Minister of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, India, describes India’s programme to bring renewable sources of energy to its villages and to become a world leader in the new technologies

People

Delivering change
Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom, outlines a new initiative to break down barriers to increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewables

Benign growth
Ma Kai, Minister in Charge of the State Development and Reform Commission, China, describes how China is committed to a sustainable development energy strategy as it doubles consumption in less than two decades

Green energy
Liu Shuying, Vice Chairperson of Jilin Provincial People’s Congress and National Project Director for Modernized Biomass Energy, China, describes a pioneering project to provide heat and power from waste corn stalks in rural China

At a glance:
Energy

Sustainable dreams
Chin-Chin Gutierrez, award-winning actress and conservationist: interview

Brightening the future
Leonard Good, CEO and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility, describes increasingly successful worldwide efforts to promote clean energy and power sustainable development

Greening oil
Philip Watts, Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, describes what his company is doing to reduce its impact on the environment and develop cleaner energy

Blue-sky thinking
Takeo Fukui, President and CEO of the Honda Motor Co. Ltd, describes how his company seeks its customers’ respect through an aggressive programme of developing green technology

Books & products

New energy to assault poverty
Youba Sokona, Head of Energy Program, ENDA-TM, Senegal, outlines strategies for widening modern energy services to poor nations and people in Africa

New energy entrepreneurs
Francis Yamba, Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Engineering, Zambia, describes a programme which brings sustainable development by supporting businesses pioneering energy solutions in developing countries

Time to get serious
Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, calls for immediate steps to create a strategy for a climate-friendly energy future

Breaking the ice
Maria Maack, Environmental Manager of Icelandic New Energy, describes the first steps Iceland is taking towards a hydrogen economy

In my lifetime – 100 per cent renewable
Amaidhi Devaraj, student of Law at the University of Bangalore, South India

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Slimming the waste
Shunichi Suzuki, former Minister of the Environment, Japan, describes how Japan is setting out to be a ‘recycling-based society’