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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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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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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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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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Electricity utilities see long-term policies and credible carbon pricing as crucial for reducing emissions, says Global Electricity Initiative

COP-19, Warsaw, Poland, 18 November 2013 – Electricity utilities see having a credible price level for CO2 and long-term, predictable policies as the crucial factors for driving change in their fuel and technology mix, according to the latest insights from the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI), presented today. Despite important efforts to increase investments in renewables, […]

Posted on 18 November 2013

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Delays in agreeing a coherent climate framework could be creating the next “too big to fail” sector

The WEC’s 10-point agenda for change sets out a path to addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma. COP-19, Warsaw, Poland, 16 November 2013 – A World Energy Council (WEC) report finds that the lack of a globally agreed framework for carbon pricing will impede investments from flowing into clean energy and low-carbon projects. […]

Posted on 16 November 2013

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World Energy Council responds to IEA 2013 Outlook

Following publication of the IEA’s 2013 World Energy Outlook today, the World Energy Council issues the following response.   Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, comments: “Coming hard on the heels of the World Energy Congress where we published our explorative scenarios and our energy resource assessment, the launch of the World […]

Posted on 12 November 2013

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22nd World Energy Congress reflects concerns about shifting energy agenda

The significant interest in last month’s World Energy Congress reflected global concerns about today’s shifting energy agenda.

Posted on 11 November 2013

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