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Global governance, energy efficiency and unconventionals highlighted at WEC Spain event

Energy efficiency management and environmental care have become the top two issues in Europe, and so imminent action is required to guarantee the energy sector’s competitiveness and profitability.

Posted on 31 January 2014

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Energy transition: a tale of two countries

Japan and Germany have much in common in their energy situations, as participants from a recent WEC member event heard. The WEC’s Japanese member committee heard an analysis of the German energy transition in a talk by Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, WEC Chair of World Energy Resources and a German energy expert, in Tokyo on 24 […]

Posted on 3 April 2014

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World Energy Council study highlights massive challenges to the energy system of Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin America and Caribbean region must optimise its energy supply options nationally and across the region in order to support the needs of its growing economies and increasing population, according to a World Energy Council (WEC) report to be presented today at an event organised by the Colombian member committee of the WEC (COCME).

Posted on 31 March 2014

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World’s two largest water and energy organisations team up to highlight the water-energy nexus in celebration of World Water Day

World Energy Council and World Water Council step up partnership 24 March 2014, London & Marseille – The World Energy Council (WEC) and World Water Council (WWC) announce that they have joined forces to bring the issue of the water-energy nexus to the fore in the run up to the 7th World Water Forum, to […]

Posted on 24 March 2014

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Seeking answers to Africa’s energy trilemma

Balanced energy policy and engaged entrepreneurship are essential elements to enabling Africa’s development, says WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei. Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region. Globally, 1.2 billion people – equivalent to India’s population – do […]

Posted on 12 March 2014

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Africa Energy Indaba one step closer to unlocking the continent’s potential

The Africa Energy Indaba concluded last month (18–20 February) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is the WEC’s regular annual African gathering. Africa’s wealth of energy resources and untapped potential was highlighted, as was the need for more enablers that can unlock energy access for the broader population and new markets. Opening the Indaba, South […]

Posted on 7 March 2014

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World Energy Council comments on nuclear energy three years since Fukushima

LONDON, 6 March 2014 — Ahead of the three-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident on 11 March, the World Energy Council (WEC) issues the following statement. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, comments: “In our study on nuclear energy in March 2012, we found that Fukushima had had limited impact on […]

Posted on 7 March 2014

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WEC New Zealand highlights world energy issues

The World Energy Issues Monitor will be a hot topic in New Zealand’s energy discussions this week as the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), the WEC member committee, launches the report nationally. John Carnegie, Secretary of the committee, talks about what’s keeping New Zealand energy leaders awake at night.

Posted on 4 March 2014

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WEC report highlights the critical issues affecting the global and regional energy sector

For the first time energy price volatility and recession have replaced climate framework uncertainty as dominant concern among world energy leaders

Posted on 18 February 2014

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Inconvenient truth: Current technologies, policies, and innovation are not enough to meet climate goals

Unprecedented uncertainty is leading to short-termism in energy investments, according to the World Energy Council’s World Energy Scenarios report COP-19, Warsaw, Poland, 19 November 2013: The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma over the next four decades, according to […]

Posted on 19 November 2013

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World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue held in Abu Dhabi

The World Energy Council held its inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue (WELD) in Abu Dhabi last week (21 January). Opening the event, His Excellency Suhail Al Mazourei, UAE energy minister, commented on how renewable energy is becoming a viable solution even for countries rich in fossil fuels. In his address, he explained that in the […]

Posted on 28 January 2014

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World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue to start in Abu Dhabi

The WEC will be holding its inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue next Tuesday (21 January) in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. The event will be co-hosted by H. E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy, and Marie-José Nadeau, WEC Chair. The WEC expects that its Dialogue events will provide a more frequent, regionally focused […]

Posted on 17 January 2014

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WEC Japan celebrates successful Congress in Tokyo

The Japan Energy Association (JEA), the WEC’s Japanese member committee, brought the highlights of the 22nd World Energy Congress in a special gathering in Tokyo last month (6 December 2013). This was the latest such gathering that the Japanese committee holds after every World Energy Congress to update its members about the global energy sector […]

Posted on 16 January 2014

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Germany keeps an eye on the world as it mulls over its renewables policy

The end of 2013 saw the formation of a new German government, headed by Angela Merkel as Chancellor for the third time. One issue that remains on top of the government’s “to-do” list is to see how it can integrate the further expansion of renewables in an economically and technically feasible manner. But the country […]

Posted on 16 January 2014

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Interview: Marie-José Nadeau, Chair of the World Energy Council

Marie-José Nadeau has taken the helm as the first woman chair in the WEC’s 90-year history. She talks about her vision, the 2013 Congress, and the path towards Istanbul 2016.  What are your key takeaways from the 2013 Congress? The Congress has been outstanding in terms of its programme and attendance, with 7500 delegates, including […]

Posted on 13 January 2014

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Interview: Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair of World Energy Trilemma

The WEC trilemma team has focused the second half of this year on engaging decision-makers during the UN General Assembly, at the World Energy Congress, and at COP-19. Interview with Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair of the study:   The findings of the Trilemma study were discussed at the Congress. What was achieved there? At the […]

Posted on 18 December 2013

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WEC at COP: guiding energy and climate decisions

The WEC brought its studies and outcomes of the World Energy Congress to decision-makers in Warsaw, Poland last month during the UNFCCC’s 19th Conference of Parties (COP-19). The WEC kicked off a week of activities with its official side event on 15 November, organised as part of the UNFCCC’s formal day for the Business and […]

Posted on 18 December 2013

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Portugal needs a stable energy policy, WEC event heard

Energy policy must be stable, delegates heard at a WEC Portugal event in Lisbon last month (27 November). Echoing the recommendations of the WEC trilemma study, Jorge Moreira da Silva, the Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, stressed that “Portugal needs a stable energy policy, with a vision that transcends a legislature”, adding that […]

Posted on 11 December 2013

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Let the markets decide on renewables, WEC Slovenia conference told

Slovenia’s policymakers must allow its private sector to have a greater say in driving the country’s long-term renewable energy decisions, delegates heard at a recent WEC Slovenia conference. Professor Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation and Director of Loyola de Palacio Energy Policy Programme, made the introductory remarks as he moderated a […]

Posted on 11 December 2013

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