The R20 – Regions of Climate Action Foundation (R20), the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (FHH) and the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster have signed a memorandum of understanding sealing greater co-operation in wind energy projects in emerging countries, a press release said Thursday. Founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California, R20 has already implemented projects worth several million euros in emerging and industrial countries.
North Germany’s great expertise in wind energy
Dr. Rolf Bösinger, State Councillor in the Ministry for Economics, Transport and Innovation, said: “Hamburg as an economic location gains a respected organisation in R20 through this initiative.” International wind energy projects in emerging countries can be set up in co-operation with EEHH and its 200 members. Armand Jost, President of R20, noted: “Wind energy has barely featured in R20’s portfolio so far. North Germany has great know-how in wind energy.”
Otto Foundation committed to initiative
Schwarzenegger founded R20 as non-profit organisation in 2010 to help sub-national governments develop and communicate low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects. Since then, the NGO has set up around 600 large projects worth USD 2.5 billion in recycling, renewable energies and energy efficiency. Schwarzenegger has gained the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as a partner. In Hamburg, the “Lebendige Stadt“ Foundation (Liveable City) set up by Alexander Otto has pledged its commitment to the initiative. Dr. Andreas Mattner, a member of the foundation’s executive board, is R20’s Representative for Germany.