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Women’s Place in the Energy Industry

Increasing diversity in the energy sector is a major theme for Marie-José Nadeau, Chair of the World Energy Council.  Recently she chaired a session at the “26th World Gas Conference 2015”, describing the many challenges in the energy sector. She has also been widely quoted in leading publications and on broadcast media.  At the World […]

Posted on 22 July 2015

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New Future Energy Leaders’ Chair sets the energy dance agenda

Pirjo Jantunen, Environmental Adviser at Helen Ltd. from Finland, the new chair of the World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders, FELs, a community of young professionals who share a commitment to shaping the global energy future, talks about the challenges that the FELs want to address. The Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ programme, FEL-100, is designed […]

Posted on 22 July 2015

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Extreme Weather Forum: “Evolving Energy Infrastructure”

The nature of extreme weather events and their impact on energy infrastructure were at the core of discussions during two recent meetings of the knowledge network members of the Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure. Leading practitioners in energy, environment, and finance met at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, at the end […]

Posted on 22 July 2015

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Manila World Energy Leaders’ Summit Share Views

The Manila World Energy Leaders’ Summit, WELS, was a resounding success – it brought together energy leaders in an informal context to discuss critical issues and to connect the dots in a time of unprecendented uncertainty in the global energy sector. Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, said: “Over the two days, the WELS […]

Posted on 22 July 2015

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New Zealand develops the first country-level use of scenarios

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), New Zealand’s World Energy Council member committee, has initiated the first country-level use of The World Energy Scenarios: Composing energy futures to 2050. The ‘BEC2050’ project, which has been underway for over 9 months, is based on the Council’s scenario projects.  It is developing two potential future pathways or scenarios […]

Posted on 20 July 2015

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LNG Transport Italy and the Mediterranean Area Issues Debate

More than 200 representatives from international organisations, institutions, companies and association, which have developed business strategies for LNG in the Mediterranean Area, met in Rome on 11-12 June to discuss the perspectives of the use of LNG in maritime, road, rail transport and in off-grid plants.  The meeting was organised by the organized by Symposia and […]

Posted on 20 July 2015

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New Chair of Future Energy Leaders

Ms Pirjo Jantunen, Environmental Adviser at Helen Ltd., from Finland, has been elected chair of the World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders, a community of young professionals who share a commitment to shaping the global energy future. Marie-José Nadeau, World Energy Council Chair, said: “Pirjo brings leadership and enthusiasm that will inspire young professionals to […]

Posted on 6 July 2015

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Energy Ministers: active government policy, investment key to solving “Energy Trilemma”

Energy ministers from China, Russia, and Canada said on Wednesday that proactive government policies and robust investment are key pillars in ensuring a steady supply of energy amid soaring global demand, while dealing with the “energy trilemma” of security, sustainability and access. Wang Yumin, Vice Administrator of China’s National Energy Administration, Russian Energy Minister Alexander […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Governments and industry should cooperate to solve energy trilemma, say experts

With growing energy demand in Asia and coming challenges in the global market, industry and governments need to work together to find solutions to tackle the “energy trilemma” of energy equity, energy security, and environmental sustainability, said panelists at the opening session of the World Energy Congress on Wednesday. “There is a lot of common ground between industry and […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Energy-water-food nexus would benefit from education initiatives

“We are fiddling, whilst Rome is burning” said Jason Drew, CEO of AgriProtein, in discussing the sustainability of the energy-water-food nexus. Drew, whose company feeds biological waste to fly larvae to produce a sustainable source of protein for use in industrial agricultural processes, said “the industrial revolution is over and the sustainable revolution has begun,” […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Two years after Fukushima: Is the nuclear renaissance over?

“After Fukushima, nuclear reactors were closed down for political reasons but none were shut down because of regulatory reasons,” said Luis Echavarri, Director General OECD Nuclear Energy Agency referring to a regulatory review conducted by OECD in wake of Fukushima accident. “To have a nuclear program, a country needs social and political support.” He explained […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Transparency is becoming a major issue for the global oil market

Political and public interest in the oil markets remains high, with concerns that oil prices are subject to manipulation, even though recent academic studies suggest that oil prices are driven primarily by the fundamentals of supply and demand, delegates at the Daegu 2013 Congress were told on 16 October. Shifts in global and regional oil […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Is a common European energy market just a pipe dream?

Europe is at the forefront of moving from a nation-based energy system to a regional one. The integration of electric and gas networks is planned for 2014, but recent policy shifts by EU member states have cast doubt about the reality of achieving this goal. Many questions remain how these nations can overcome their different political and […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Regional Crossroads, "Focus Russia: Key policy innovations and international cooperation in a transformed energy world"

Russia sees closer energy ties with Asia

Forces transforming the energy industry are full of opportunities and challenges for Russia, according to senior officials who spoke at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 16 October. Alexander Novak, Russian Minister of Energy, said “We have lots of natural gas and we don’t see a necessity in producing shale gas,” but added that “We’ll look […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Game Changer, "Climate negotiations: How to bridge the three gaps?"

Climate negotiations are urgent priority

Although governments will draft a Universal Climate Agreement next year with plans to adopt it in 2015, “a global agreement is not going to be possible unless enough local, national action and legislation occur,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said on 16 October. So far 30 to 40 countries have climate legislation, but […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Bottom Line, "Biofuel: Beyond fuel in the tank"

Biofuels remain a contentious energy source

Controversy remains over the future of biofuel in the global energy mix. During a panel session at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 16 October, experts could not agree on the environmental sustainability and long-term economic viability of the biofuel industry. The Leader of the WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, Samantha Smith, stated that “We […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session What does it take?, "National energy policy: Achieving a triple 'A' score"

WEC rankings offer a guideline for environmental sustainability

The WEC’s Energy Sustainability Index serves as a benchmark for nations in implementing their energy policies. The World Energy Council has graded 129 countries with A through D scores based on three criteria reflecting the “Energy Trilemma”: security, equity, and environmental sustainability. Only 5 countries received the highest score, the AAA. For developed countries, achieving a […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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