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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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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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WEC selects historic leadership

The World Energy Council has selected new leadership following elections at the Executive Assembly 2012. Marie-José Nadeau, from Canada, has been chosen as Chair-elect and will take the helm as Chair when the term of the current Chairman Pierre Gadonneix ends at the 2013 World Energy Congress in October.  She will become the first woman […]

Posted on 8 November 2012

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WEC Japan event examines LNG dynamics and supply chain

Energy and LNG experts gathered in Tokyo last month (16 October) to discuss the outlook of the world energy market and the safe operation of the LNG supply chain, at a symposium organised by the Japan Energy Association (JEA), the WEC’s Japanese Member Committee. Japan has more than four decades of experience importing LNG and […]

Posted on 17 October 2012

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WEC Romania youth set sights on international collaboration

WEC Romania’s Future Energy Leaders (FEL) programme is looking to work more closely with industry and the international WEC community. Mr Gheorghe Balan, secretary of the WEC Romania, said the committee is available to support youth projects and to help foster collaboration of Romanian Future Energy Leaders (FELS) with those from other WEC committees. The […]

Posted on 13 October 2012

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WEC begins one-year countdown to 2013 World Energy Congress

The World Energy Council and the Daegu 2013 Organising Committee signalled the beginning of the one-year countdown to the 22nd World Energy Congress with events in South Korea last week (11–12 October). The events included a “World Energy Leaders’ Night” in Seoul attended by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, senior officials, foreign ambassadors, and CEOs […]

Posted on 13 October 2012

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World Energy Council marks one-year countdown to 2013 World Energy Congress

New report cites Korea as global leader in developing smart grid technology with test-bed project on Jeju Island the world’s largest SEOUL and LONDON, Thursday, October 11, 2012 – The Organising Committee for the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu and the World Energy Council (WEC) are marking one year to go until the 2013 […]

Posted on 11 October 2012

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WEC scenarios project marches into its next phase

The WEC Scenarios Study Group has taken the Global Energy Scenarios project into its next phase following a workshop in London last week (27–28 September). The first run of modelling, carried out by the scenarios modelling partner, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), has highlighted some initial key messages about the future of energy to 2050. The […]

Posted on 1 October 2012

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World Energy Congress releases additional speakers for WEC Daegu 2013

Major international figures from across the sector to address global energy issues  LONDON / SEOUL, 24 September 2012 – The WEC Daegu 2013 Organising Committee and the World Energy Council (WEC) today released a further list of 15 confirmed speakers for its 22nd World Energy Congress. The Congress will take place from 13 to 17 […]

Posted on 24 September 2012

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World Energy Congress roundtable in Abu Dhabi discusses major global priorities

Senior energy representatives from the global and regional energy sectors debate the “energy trilemma” and prospects for Daegu 2013 ABU DHABI, 18 September 2012 – World Energy Council (WEC) Chairman Pierre Gadonneix and the Daegu 2013 Organising Committee Executive Vice-Chairman Younghoon David Kim today convened a roundtable as part of WEC’s Energy Trilemma forum in […]

Posted on 18 September 2012

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Interview: Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Masdar’s chief executive

The WEC’s Standing Committees and Officers Council are meeting in Abu Dhabi this week, where they will also visit Masdar City.  WEC Inside talks to Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Masdar’s chief executive and a speaker at next year’s Daegu Congress, about clean energy and why the Congress is so significant. What should WEC officers […]

Posted on 15 September 2012

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WEC speaks at Baltic market integration conference

Einari Kisel, WEC Senior Fellow, commented on European energy market policies and discussed the role of the World Energy Council in a presentation at the Conference on the Baltic Energy Market Integration Plan (BEMIP) on 14 September in Vilnius, Lithuania. The BEMIP aims to connect the electricity and gas markets of the Baltic states (Lithuania, […]

Posted on 14 September 2012

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