ABU DHABI, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) kicked off here on Monday in its seventh edition.
The three-day meeting is expected to receive 30,000 delegates from 172 countries, up from 152 countries last year, who will discuss the new paradigms and challenges in traditional and renewable energies.
UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Al Mazrouei, Japan's Minister of Economy Toshimitsu Motegu and Chairman of the World Energy Council Marie-Jose Nadeau will give keynote speeches during the summit.
For the first time since its inception in 2008, the WFES has launched a parallel conference "Ecowaste" on waste management along with more than 900 exhibiting firms.
This year's WFES in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital Abu Dhabi, a major oil supplier, takes place during a time of major shifts on the global energy map.
Shale oil and shale gas exploration is gaining pace in the Unites States with the International Energy Agency in Paris forecasting the world's biggest economy will overtake Saudi Arabia as the largest producer of oil before 2020.
In his opening speech, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber, UAE minister of state and chief executive of Abu Dhabi's environmental city Masdar said that given the world population is expected to grow to 8 billion people by 2030, "the world population will consume in 15 years 50 percent more energy, 50 percent more food and 30 percent more fresh water, clearly these challenges can only be tackled in partnerships to increase energy efficiency and expand clean technology globally.