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Latin America convenes to explore resilience to cyber and extreme weather risks

Over the last few years, energy leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have faced a number of difficulties such as oil price volatility and extreme weather events, with the energy-water-food nexus considered a critical uncertainty issue for many countries in the region. Latin America is currently behind its European and North American counterparts […]

Posted on 21 February 2017

UAE signs crucial 24th World Energy Project management contract

His Excellency Eng Suhail Al Mazrouei, United  Arab  Emirates Minister of Energy and Chair of the UAE national member committee, recently signed the project management office (PMO) contract with Energy Events Experts, to support the work of the committee and ensure the smooth delivery of the 24th World Energy Congress to be held in Abu […]

Posted on 21 February 2017

Korean Republic gathers to enhance cooperation amid growing emerging uncertainties

In 2016 South Korea’s government unveiled a plan to invest approximately 42 trillion won ($36.6 billion USD) in developing renewable energy industries, such as solar and wind power and eco-friendly power plants, by 2020. Under the plan, new renewable power stations will be built to produce 13 million kilowatts of electricity annually, which is equivalent to that of 26 […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

Young energy professional lands dream job after completing Future Energy Leader’s programme

After completing  the World Energy Council’s French  Future Energy Leaders’ programme (FELS), Bianka Shoai-Tehrani  landed  an interview after the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, of which she was hired a few months later. Bianka is currently working as a researcher at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Kyoto, Japan,  as […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

World Energy Council presents to Italian Parliament to celebrate Triple A Trilemma ranking

With increasing geopolitical and regulatory changes impacting on the way stakeholders within the energy sector have operated in recent decades, it is increasingly evident that an energy transition is well under way. Marco Margheri, President of the Italian member committee of the World Energy Council, recently announced an engagement strategy which aims at facilitating debate […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

Driving clean energy technologies through trade policy

Although the majority of governments have set ambitious targets for increasing the share of renewable energy, reducing GHG emissions, or spurring energy efficiency, several have still in place tariff and non-tariff barriers on imported energy and environmental goods. Trade policy is one tool that can enable greater efficiency in global value chains for clean energy […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

World Energy Council talks to its new Co-Chair

As  he enters a  new three -year  term the Council talks to Jean Marie Dauger,  Co-Chair  of the World  Energy Council,  on emerging trends impacting the energy sector, the role of the Studies Committee,  and  how to mobilise greater involvement from all national members in the Council’s activities. Jean-Marie Dauger has served several positions within […]

Posted on 24 January 2017

Marine Biotechnology at the heart of Korean green growth strategy

The ocean is an untapped, potentially sustainable source of bioenergy. There are many examples of the production of bio-energy from marine organisms, but the production of biofuel from microalgae presents perhaps the most promising option to harvest this huge energy potential. In Korea, marine biotechnology is currently the focus of Blue Bio 2016, a strategic […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

World Energy Council talks climate change, deepening regional integration & Trump with its new Vice Chair for North America

As we enter  a new year, the World Energy Council talks to  Robert Hanf,  its new Vice Chair for the North American region about his vision for the  next  fives years, how to mobilise bright young future energy leaders, as well as his thoughts on the impact US President-elect Donald J Trump policies may have […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

World Energy Council Secretary General reflects on key highlights of 2016

Dear Member Committees, I wanted to personally thank you for your involvement and for the enthusiasm you put in all activities organised in 2016. This year has been very important and intense for the World Energy Council, and without your support and commitment we would have found it challenging, if not impossible, to accomplish all the […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

The political economy of energy prices

Over recent years, energy prices have played a key role in the development of political events. Oil price volatility has created winners and losers both at national and international level, as well as altering the balance of political economy at a national level and impacting on regional geopolitics.  What actions should governments undertake in order […]

Posted on 6 December 2016

World Energy Council brings 7 new realities in energy to COP22 negotiations in Marrakech

As a UN accredited body since 1953, the World Energy Council is recognised as a reliable source of thought leadership and information to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, negotiating teams and stakeholders. To keep the momentum of the World Energy Congress and the Council’s thought leadership on embracing the new […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Future energy markets: The grand transition of Estonian energy policy

The World Energy Council and some of Estonia’s and Nordic key energy players convened to discuss what the future holds for global, European, and Estonian energy policy in the face of rapid innovation and other new realities facing the energy sector. Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, opened the conference with an overview […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Experts exchange best practices on renewable energy integration as part of Power Africa initiative

Senegal is actively pursuing reform policies in the energy sector with a strong focus on promoting renewable energy. Senegal aims to achieve the electrification rate of 50% in rural areas, 96% urban areas, and 70% of national level by 2017. Current energy policy is reflected in the Lettre de Développement du Secteur de l’Energie, a […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Future Energy Leaders launch Human Capital taskforce report at 23rd Congress

The energy sector is clearly facing a period of grand transition in the face of potent new challenges and innovative and disruptive technologies.  Oil prices will  continue to drop, fossil fuels will continue to supply more than three-quarters of world energy use in 2040, and natural gas  is expected to grow the fastest impacting on […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Realising Africa’s potential at the 23rd World Energy Congress

With Africa’s rapidly growing population making ever increasing demands for greater energy access it is difficult to overestimate the scale of the challenge facing the continent. But it is also hard to match the sense of optimism and excitement that energy experts express about the opportunities to transform sub-Saharan Africa’s energy footprint in positive and […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

“The discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand”

In Focus magazine, World Energy Council Secretary General Christoph Frei describes the backdrop in which the energy sector is preparing for the new energy realities, for the Grand Transition. According to Frei, the “Discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand” (also see the latest World Energy Scenarios report launched at the […]

Posted on 17 November 2016

Key highlights of the 23rd World Energy Congress available now!

The 23rd World Energy Congress  was an amazing opportunity for member committees to network and gain valuable insights from the many of the key players within the energy sector. The World Energy Congress held in Istanbul between 9 and 13 October provided a unique opportunity to take a complete and global view on pressing and […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

Heads of State address delegates at 23rd World Energy Congress

Four heads of states from some of the world’s largest suppliers of energy, convened to discuss tackling critical energy issues at the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul on 10 October. President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela joined Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of host nation, […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

More than 1000 registered media reported coverage of 23rd World Energy Congress

More than 300 international media outlets including the Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Bloomberg TV, El Pais, Die Spiegel, CNN, Reuters, China Central TV, The National, Xinhua and Anadolu News Agency attended the 23rd World Energy Congress. A number of member committees also brought media delegations with them. As well as CNBC being the official media partner […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

World Energy Council 2016 Executive Assembly gets off to a flying start ahead of 23rd World Energy Congress

More than 40 member committees and a number of delegates convened at the second World Energy Council 2016 Executive Assembly in Istanbul to discuss key global topics and regional energy issues impacting the energy sector. This year’s event took place directly ahead of the 23rd World Energy Congress between 7 and 9 October with the […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

Worldwide roll-out of new visual identity

Following extensive consultation with World Energy Council National Member Committees and with the approval of the Communications and Strategy Committee, the rollout of the new visual identity started this month. The new logo design clearly highlights the name and in doing so represents the essence of the Council’s mission – to provide the premier energy […]

Posted on 23 March 2016

Council joins APEC Working Group

Following support from member committees, the World Energy Council has been formally invited to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Energy Working Group (EWG). As a guest to this key regional economic forum comprised of 21 member economies, the Council looks forward to fully contributing to the work of the APEC EWG. Initially, the Council is providing […]

Posted on 22 March 2016

Colombia: Dispelling myths and facing renewable energy challenges

Over 400 high level representatives from government, business and academia attended a Colombian member committee event ‘Myths and Challenges of Renewable Energies’ which was opened by the Colombian Energy Vice-Minister in Bogotá. The aim of the meeting was to dispel the myths that have built up around non-conventional renewable energy in Colombia by highlighting success […]

Posted on 22 March 2016

Insights, lessons, solutions: Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit

The Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, opened the inaugural Energy Leaders’ summit organised by the BusinessNZ Energy Council which brought together 200 energy leaders from across the world. At the event the early findings of the latest World Energy Council report, ‘The road to resilience–managing the risks of the energy-water-food nexus’ were […]

Posted on 22 March 2016

Global power generation could be severely affected by predicted 40% global water shortfall in 2030

‘The road to resilience – managing the risks of the energy-water-food nexus’ report is calling for immediate action in order to secure resilient energy infrastructure: ‘Improve understanding of the water footprint of energy technologies’ and ‘take into account the “price” of water’ are some of the recommendations made to mitigate the risks of the 40% shortfall of available water across the globe by 2030

Posted on 16 March 2016

Innovation and shift to a low-carbon energy market biggest issues facing the world’s energy leaders 

Innovation and shift to a low-carbon energy market are the biggest issues facing the energy world according to the 2016 World Energy Issues Monitor. Launched in China, the 7th annual survey of over 1000 global energy leaders shows the climate of innovation amongst them, in response to the need to de-carbonise, opportunities from renewables and increasing risks in the midst of a commodities price storm.

Posted on 10 March 2016

150th speaker confirmed for World Energy Congress 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey

Strive Masiyiwa, Group Executive Chairman and Founder of Econet, confirms as 150th speaker for 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, 9-13 October 2016. The World Energy Congress is regarded as the most influential and inclusive gathering of senior leaders from all segments of the energy community

Posted on 24 February 2016

Africa Energy Indaba examined solutions for unlocking investment in Africa and scaling up renewables

International and African experts gathered at the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) during the week starting Monday, 16 February, to share their insights and solutions to Africa’s energy crisis, while exploring the vast energy development and investment opportunities in Africa. The annual Indaba is the foremost African energy event for energy professionals from across the globe. […]

Posted on 24 February 2016

Council’s European Market Design Task Force meeting with European Commission

A European Market Task Force comprised of member committees from across Europe are to meet on 22 February in Brussels with the European Commission. Our European Members have already carried out a survey to identify key areas of market design that are likely to become relevant in 5 -10 years time, but are not currently […]

Posted on 19 February 2016

Resilience Summit in New Zealand 16-17 March 2016

Resilience in the Energy Sector is growing in importance as is demonstrated by the calibre of delegates gathering in New Zealand’s capital this month for the Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit hosted by the BusinessNZ Energy Council our New Zealand Member Committee. The Summit is attracting CEOs and senior executives from across the globe and major corporates […]

Posted on 19 February 2016

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