Rethinking the World in Davos

I was woken early by the noise of snow-ploughs working on the main road - the Promenade - here in Davos to clear snow five inches deep that had fallen overnight. It is almost as if they picked Davos because of the weather - if you can't get out you're forced to stay indoors with everyone else and talk work!

Yesterday was the first full day of the summit and it already included panels on financing low carbon growth and energy security, meeting some key customers and potential customers, and around eight media interviews - a full day of rushing from one meeting to the next across a snow covered town.  It is encouraging that most people I speak to are in favor of reshaping the global energy sector to deliver a clear agenda which reduces CO2 emissions.

This is the thing about the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum: everyone is here - the major utilities, influencers, stake holders, senior media representatives and others beside. Participating in these discussions, and talking to so many people who play a major role in shaping the world as we know it -  I find  my main role here to be an advocate and educator for renewables overall - almost an 'ambassador for green'.

A lot of the conversations happen on the formal panels (most of which are open to the press) and others in the private sessions (where else can you get the CEOs of the world's 10 major energy companies together around a table to talk about global future energy requirements and how to manage that demand?).  But, equally important, are the conversations snatched in corridors, around coffee machines or in the 'green' shuttle buses which take us from venue to venue.  Indeed, as President Sarkozy took to the stage yesterday, Per Pederson - the CEO of our German-based subsidiary, REpower - and I were giving an interview to a leading German business magazine before meeting a top customer and then with Bill Clinton at a private reception.  Networking does not get better than this, believe me.

But it is not all cocktails and business deals.  The majority of attendees here want to make a difference the world we live in.  They believe in the cause I, and many of you, believe in - that we need to arrest climate change and, at the same time, deliver clean, green and secure energy both to those who currently have access to energy, and the estimated 1.5 billion who don't.

That staggering figure seems a long way from this stunning Swiss alpine mountain resort, but it's high on my agenda.  How can we forget those people?  Is energy not a basic human right?  Luckily the majority of people here agree that it is.  We just need to make it happen in a sustainable, responsible way.  At Suzlon we're working day and night to make that a reality, and its heartening to hear major banks, investors, politicians and leaders of industry agree, and are looking for opportunities to act and make a real difference.