What we do

Simply put, the World Energy Council (WEC) is the largest global network of energy leaders and practitioners dedicated to delivering a sustainable energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Originally intended as an organisation to manage a gathering of energy experts, the WEC has evolved into one of the world’s most influential energy organisations.

The WEC continues to deliver on its original goal by organising the world’s largest all-energy event, the World Energy Congress, but the WEC now undertakes a wide range of activities to help further the vision of a sustainable energy future.

WEC informs global, regional and national energy strategies

As the UN-accredited global energy body, the WEC works with governments, agencies and companies to help inform policy development and strategic decisio-making and planning. The WEC works with partner organisations to facilitate access to our network of experts and provides  impartial advice to intergovernmental organisations and national governments on specific issues affecting what we call the energy trilemma.

WEC hosts high-level events

The WEC organises one of the most complete range of events covering all aspects of the energy sector, from small workshops on specific technologies, to regional and global events aimed at supporting policymakers, experts and industry leaders as they seek solutions and develop policies and strategies to address the energy trilemma.

  • World Energy Congress takes place every three years and is the world’s largest all-energy event.  It provides a platform for energy leaders and experts in all aspects of the sector to gather and address the challenges and opportunities both for energy suppliers and users.
  • World Energy Leaders’ Summits (WELS) are organised twice a year by the WEC for its global energy leaders community to enable an ongoing high-level dialogue on critical issues affecting the energy world. WELS are generally held in countries of critical interest to the global energy situation and are co-hosted with the energy minister of the host country.
  • Regional events are held annually or bi-annually.  They are organised by the WEC’s national member committees working in partnership to create a platform to address the challenges facing neighbouring countries, regional blocks, and companies seeking solutions in a multilateral environment.
  • National events are organised regularly by our national member committees.  They aim  to share knowledge, update members on the latest WEC studies, and provide an opportunity to address the challenges facing the national sector in detail, while leveraging our global network to engage with internationally renown experts.
  • WEC has a privileged network of industry leaders and practitioners who meet regularly to share their expertise and work on the globally renowned WEC Studies.

WEC publishes authoritative studies

For over 80 years, the World Energy Council has been producing highly regarded studies and publications which are seen as essential tools by governments, industry, investors, IGOs, NGOs and academia looking for impartial information to inform their decision-making processes.  Our regular flagship studies are:

  • World Energy Resources, a survey of global resources and technologiesIt identifies what energy resources we have and what technologies are being used to exploit these resources.
  • World Energy Trilemma report, an independent assessment of national energy and climate policies. This work seeks to identify how we can make better policies to improve our energy systems.
  • World Energy Issues Monitor, an annual monitor identifying what issues are affecting the global energy leaders’ community
  • World Energy Scenarios, an in-depth explorative energy scenariosThis work seeks to identify what may happen in our future energy systems based on quantitative computer modelling and the knowledge of our global network of energy experts.

Our studies all help to guide policymakers and industry leaders to deliver a more sustainable energy system.

Our World Energy Perspectives reports and studies are based on the expert insights from our network of leaders and practitioners.  They provide a bottom-up assessment of key issues and technologies impacting the energy sector.

WEC provides the principal global energy leaders and practitioners network

The true strength of the WEC comes from its network of over 3,000 organisations and from its member committees in over 90 countries.  The WEC’s autonomous member committees provide a powerful forum for debate and knowledge-sharing within a country and offer neutral, high-level interaction across borders to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue. This network ensures that the World Energy Council is the most representative and knowledgeable energy organisation in the world.