The Icelandic president has addressed an energy conference at the UN headquarters, urging world leaders to think smaller.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, has told a conference he encourages the world to change its way of thinking on energy matters. There are already technologies available in the fields of geothermal, solar and wind energy which work on smaller scales than are currently in widespread use, he said. These could allow individual homes, villages, towns or regions to become energy independent.
Every home could one day become its own power station, the Icelandic president has told the SE4ALL (Sustanable Energy For All) conference, held on 4-6 June. The conference took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York and was attended by world leaders, scientists and energy company bosses.
Ólafur Ragnar especially emphasized solar energy in his speech, RÚV reported. He likened the important quest to make solar power a cheap option for consumers to the US Apollo space program, which steadfastly committed to put a man on the surface of the moon, whatever the cost.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has gained a reputation during his presidency as an internationally recognized advocate for renewable energy.