Week of the environment

  • June 13, 2012
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Shortly before the United Nations’ “Rio+20” sustainability conference, German Federal President Joachim Gauck hosted the fourth “Week of the environment” in the park of Schloss Bellevue. Around 15,000 visitors took this opportunity to find out about projects and innovations developed by some 200 companies, institutions, research institutes, associations, and initiatives with the aim of promoting more sustainable use of resources. President Gauck reminded those present that, at the first ever sustainability summit 20 years ago in Rio, the global community made a commitment to sustainability and climate protection. However, as he pointed out, global CO2 emissions have risen by around half and are now higher than ever before in the entire history of mankind. Gauck stressed that, over the past few years, efforts made by many people in all parts of the world have resulted in lots of positive developments. He said he was confident that: “Innovations and investments will create new jobs, prepare our environment and our society for the future, and make us less dependent on fossil fuels.”

As at the last “Week of the environment” in 2007, Bosch was invited to present innovative environmental protection technologies. The company demonstrated what it can do to address one of the biggest challenges we face, i.e. how to establish emission-free energy generation based on renewable energies while also sustaining mobility levels. A combination of photovoltaics, electromobility and state-of-the-art storage technologies are used both in the zero-energy house and the e-bike. It takes around 2.5 hours for Bosch solar modules to charge the electric bike’s lithium-ion batteries with environmentally friendly solar power. A static power storage device stores energy that is not required immediately and ensures it remains available. This also acts as an interface to the house, creating a good connection between renewable energies and “green” mobility. During a panel discussion on green production and future markets, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH Franz Fehrenbach emphasized that Bosch invests approximately 45 percent of its expenditure in research and development activities for products that are environmentally friendly and conserve resources.

Overall, the exhibitors’ presentations gave a good insight into the scope and diversity of the solutions and activities in the field of environmental technology, research and education, and nature conservation. What’s more, nearly 100 forums saw around 400 experts discuss issues related to environmental protection, sustainability, climate protection and nature conservation, mobility, tourism, sport and leisure, nutrition, construction, and residential living. President Gauck was confident that, more than almost any other country, Germany will be able to reap economic benefits from being at the forefront of sustainable progress. He also underlined the importance of the Rio+20 summit. “Promises will be made there, shared promises. And those promises will be the yardstick for what happens on the political stage.”

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