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Pelegrin Horacio Castillo Semán, Minister of Energy and Mines for the Dominican Republic (center) with José Antonio Lleras, WEC vice-Chair for Latin America and the Caribbean to his left

Dominican Republic’s energy ministry joins World Energy Council

News announced just days after the country unveiled its national energy reform.

Posted on 18 February 2015

Dignitaries at the Inaugural session- L-R Mr R.N Choubey  Special Secretary(Power)/Chairman Steering Committee India Energy Congress 2015; Mr Dhramendra Pradhan Hon'ble Minister of State, Independent Charge for Petroleum and Natural Gas; Mr P.K Sinha Secretary(Power)/Chairman WEC India;Dr Arup Roy Choudhury CMD NTPC/Member Secretary WEC India/Vice Chair (Asia Pacific & South Asia)WEC

6th India Energy Congress: securing India’s energy future

Integrated planning and coordinated action were high on the agenda at the recent flagship forum of WEC-India last month

Posted on 18 February 2015

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Energy policy stuck in a global trilemma – WEC Austria event

More than 200 delegates gathered at the seminar, “World Energy Trilemma – sustainability, economics, energy security”

Posted on 18 February 2015

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Powering Korea’s next “growth engine”

Korean energy leaders gathered at WEC Korea’s event held in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in Seoul

Posted on 17 February 2015

Guillermo Bravo (left), Senior Vice President, Strategic Relations at Abengoa; and Christoph Frei, Secretary General at the World Energy Council

World Energy Council welcomes Abengoa as Global Partner

The World Energy Council has welcomed Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, as the newest member of its Global Partner programme.

Posted on 16 February 2015

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World Energy Council to host energy ministerial in Johannesburg

African ministers will join energy leaders to address the energy trilemma and regional integration at the Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue

Posted on 10 February 2015

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World Energy Scenarios showcased in new carbon emissions calculator

The World Energy Council’s scenarios are being showcased in a new online tool for counting carbon reductions.

The Global Calculator is an interactive tool for businesses, NGOs and governments to consider the options for cutting carbon emissions and the trade-offs for energy and land use to 2050.

Posted on 30 January 2015

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New report: Catalysing the low-carbon economy

Technology and a reduction of barriers to environmental energy-related goods cited as requirements for achieving post-2015 climate and development goals

Posted on 28 January 2015

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Scenarios team gathers regional energy experts in India & South Africa

The World Energy Council will be gathering key decision-makers in India and South Africa over the next month to discuss the region’s energy future.

Posted on 28 January 2015

European energy investment climate “markedly more negative” than RoW – WEC Germany

The European investment climate for energy infrastructure is markedly more negative than the investment mood in the rest of the world (RoW), so says a recent survey by WEC Germany

Posted on 26 January 2015

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The “new normal”: Energy price volatility and climate framework uncertainty top concerns of global energy leaders

Energy leaders see energy price volatility and the future of a climate framework as their top critical uncertainties, according to our latest World Energy Issues Monitor. This 7th annual edition of the study, entitled “Energy price volatility: the new normal”, has gathered the views of more than 1,000 energy leaders, including ministers and chief executives from nearly 80 countries.

Posted on 20 January 2015

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WEC Japan seminar sought path for an industry in transition

Top executives from the Japanese energy industry gathered at WEC Japan’s event last month to discuss the critical issues affecting the sector

Posted on 15 January 2015

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WEC Year of Africa kicks off at the 2015 Africa Energy Indaba

World Energy Council designates 2015 as its “Year of Africa” and will start its programme at the 2015 Africa Energy Indaba

Posted on 15 January 2015

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WEC thought-leadership showcased at COP 20 Lima

The World Energy Council brought its content and thought-leadership to more than 10,000 delegates at the 2014 COP-20 meeting in Lima

Posted on 15 December 2014

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Utilities call for joint action to deliver universal access while reducing emissions

A joint adaptation and mitigation approach, new energy storage technologies, and stable policies along with a meaningful carbon price will be required if countries are to deliver universal access while reducing emissions.

Posted on 9 December 2014

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2014 Trilemma report launched in Washington DC

The World Energy Council launched its annual World Energy Trilemma report in Washington DC with the support of the US Energy Association

Posted on 27 November 2014

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Energy future hinges upon financing choices today, warns World Energy Council

Annual ranking of 129 countries finds number of AAA countries drops from five to three while four countries put on negative watch

Posted on 24 November 2014

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WEC Lebanon holds Beirut Energy Forum

The 5th Beirut Energy Forum was held from 17 to 19 September in Beirut, Lebanon.

Posted on 13 November 2014

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2014 Executive Assembly put spotlight on regional integration

The World Energy Council’s Executive Assembly concluded last month (20–24 October) in Colombia with broad support from WEC members and the more than 700 attending representatives from governments and the private sector.

Posted on 11 November 2014

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Speech by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia said at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit says the energy trilemma offers a valuable roadmap to strengthening the energy sector, adding that guaranteeing energy sustainability is a “shared task” among nations

Posted on 11 November 2014

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Finalizó con éxito en Cartagena la Cumbre Mundial de Líderes Energéticos

Presidente Santos definió en el cierre de la cumbre del Consejo Mundial de Energía los retos del sector para los próximos cuatro años. Más 700 líderes mundiales y delegados de 60 países, participaron en la Cumbre como muestra de la voluntad global para seguir afianzando los principios de la sostenibilidad energética. En el cierre de […]

Posted on 24 October 2014

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Abu Dhabi to host World Energy Council’s 2019 World Energy Congress

The UAE will host the 2019 World Energy Congress while dates for the 2016 Congress were also announced

Posted on 23 October 2014

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Colombia advances 8 places in global ranking on energy sustainability

World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index to be revealed next month 22 October 2014, Cartagena, Colombia – Colombia will advance 8 places among 129 countries in an upcoming global ranking measuring the performance of countries in energy sustainability, according to the World Energy Council.  The World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index measures the performance of […]

Posted on 22 October 2014

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73% of Latin America consumers are willing to pay more for alternative transport fuels

New report by World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders shed light on consumer perspectives on demand-side energy solutions

Posted on 21 October 2014

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Energy Summit gathers leaders from more than 100 countries to examine the energy future of Latin America

World Energy Council summit to gather 500 leaders and more than 20 ministers while Colombia’s global ranking in energy sustainability will be previewed at Cartagena event

Posted on 17 October 2014

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New initiative to put numbers to the latest risks impacting energy investment

World Energy Council joins forces with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and Marsh & McLennan Companies 1 October 2014, London & Zurich – The World Energy Council (WEC) has launched a new initiative to help mobilise investments into the energy sector. The WEC project, Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure, will seek to understand how the energy and […]

Posted on 1 October 2014

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Energy sector faces increasing pressures from climate change – new report

The energy sector is facing increasing pressures from climate change. All segments of the industry will be affected by the changing global climate and the policy responses to it.

Posted on 13 June 2014

Flags of member nations flying at UN headquarters. The WEC will release its 2013 World Energy Trilemma report as the UN holds its General Assembly. Photo: UN Photo/Joao Araujo Pinto

UN Secretary-General to host first Sustainable Energy for All Forum (4-6 June)

Ministers, leaders from business and civil society to assess progress, chart way forward to reach targets on energy access, efficiency, renewables United Nations, New York, 27 May – Momentum is building for the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, to be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 4-6 June.  Over one thousand […]

Posted on 27 May 2014

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World Energy Council welcomes National Grid as Global Partner

20 May 2014, London – The World Energy Council (WEC) has welcomed National Grid as the newest member of its Global Partner programme. National Grid owns and runs energy networks in the UK and north-eastern US, delivering power and gas safely to millions of customers. The company joins the WEC’s community of Global Partners with […]

Posted on 20 May 2014

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WEC Europe: Implementation of new EU energy policy needs careful consideration

The WEC’s European member countries discussed the EU’s new energy policy with the European Commission at the WEC’s 3rd European Energy Forum in Paris on 24–25 April.

Posted on 4 May 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 presented 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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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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Shale gas could have major impact on Asian LNG market

Participants from the US, Australia, Indonesia and Japan discussed the Asian LNG market with moderator Tatiana Mitrova, Head of the Oil and Gas Department at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. “In the last couple of years there were some shifts on the demand side,” she said in her opening statement. “First […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session Game Changer "CCUS: Making a difference in time?"

Policy needed to implement carbon capture technologies

Panelists at the World Energy Congress at the 14 October session said carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies are a necessary factor in a world in which fossil fuels are expect to continue servicing a significant portion of global energy demand for decades to come. However, they said policy decisions are crucial for key market […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, bottom line session "Renewables: Is the honeymoon over?"

Future of renewables debated at the Daegu 2013 Congress

After almost a decade of growth, renewable energy is under immense pressure now – to the extent that UK policymakers are reportedly seek to put the lid on the renewables movement in order to shift resources to fracking. Subsidies have been the main drivers of both development of and investment in renewables, but economic instability […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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Global decarbonization starts with innovations in transport technology

The number of cars worldwide is expected to double to 2.6 billion vehicles by 2050. With that will inevitably come a rise in CO2 emissions. To avert this increase in atmospheric pollution, governments and the automotive industry must find ways to decarbonize the transportation sector. New technologies can help cut transport emissions, which now account for […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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WEC Chair says 2050 CO2 emission targets will not be met without international collaboration

Pierre Gadonneix, the World Energy Council Chair, issued an urgent appeal on 14 October for international cooperation in developing carbon capture, the technology needed to prevent CO2 escaping into the atmosphere to cause climate change. “This problem is too big for any single nation to solve by itself,” said Gadonneix. “There is no way we […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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Wrong to leave energy issues only to the market

“It would be wrong to leave energy issues only to the market,” said Robert Kleiburg, COO of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). Speaking at the RD&D session of the World Energy Congress on 14 October, Kleiburg explained that the close relationship between energy and politics as well as the large social impact […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Regional Crossroads "Latin America and the Caribbean: Blessed with resources, overwhelmed by choice?"

Latin America and the Caribbean: Blessed with resources, overwhelmed by choice?

Latin America is a fossil fuel-rich region with strong oil and gas reserves and a great potential for the exploitation of renewable energy sources, in particular large hydropower projects. But the region’s energy wealth is unevenly distributed and has enormous untapped potential, said panel moderator José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Vice Chair of Latin American and the […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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UAE Minister comments on energy future

Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Gao Jifan, Chairman & CEO of the China-based Trina Solar, commented on the changing conditions of the world energy sector in a session summing up the discussions on 14 October at the Daegu 2013 Congress. “We recognize that change is […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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Better communication and more government support needed to curb climate change

The world faces a multitude of climate change scenarios that threaten to disrupt the lives of billions of people while causing havoc in markets across the globe, delegates were told at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 14 October. These environmental challenges will inevitably affect the way we procure and consume energy. Experts evaluated the risk of […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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WEC World Energy Scenarios report highlights massive challenges to achieving harmony in the energy system

World Energy Congress, Daegu, Korea, 14 October 2013: The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the energy trilemma over the next four decades, according to the report, ”World Energy Scenarios: Composing energy futures to 2050”, released today by the World Energy Council at its triennial event, […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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