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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 Germany explores energy market at a crossroads

Senior energy experts and politicians gathered at WEC Germany’s 2012 Energy Day on 10 September in Berlin to discuss how the country could navigate through the uncertainties of its future energy policy. According to Leonhard Birnbaum, Chief Commercial Officer of RWE, Germany’s energy policy is at a crossroads as politicians try to decide whether they […]

Posted on 12 September 2012

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WEC helps build pan-African energy knowledge base

Developing energy skills and knowledge is crucial for Africa’s long-term economic and sustainable development, said the World Energy Council on 3 September at a workshop on energy statistics skills training and capacity building, organised by the African Energy Commission (AFREC). “Establishing and implementing comprehensive energy information systems and database is critical for energy system planning, […]

Posted on 3 September 2012

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Details of Bolivian energy plan revealed at WEC Bolivia conference

Senior Bolivian government figures revealed further details for the country’s new energy plan at a conference organised last month (22–23 August) by the Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons and Energy (Cámara Boliviana de Hidrocarburos y Energía, or CBHE), the WEC Bolivian committee. Bolivia launched its energy plans last year in a bid to improve the country’s […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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USEA helps East Africa identify clean energy strategies

Senior executives from the electric utilities, energy ministries, regulatory authorities and private sector from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda took part in a workshop focusing on strategies for clean energy deployment in East Africa.  Delegates identified best practices for deploying clean energy technologies given financial constraints. The Workshop on Clean Energy Development Strategies in […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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WEC Mexico explores path towards climate reduction strategy

Members of WEC Mexico gathered to hear the latest on Mexico’s strategy towards a low-carbon economy. Mexico’s officials are developing the strategy to meet the country’s carbon reduction goals as stated in its new law on climate change, introduced in June and to be enacted in October. The law calls for a binding 30% reduction […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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WEC engages Colombian government and industry

Dr Christoph Frei, WEC Secretary General, engaged Colombian government and industry on WEC activities during a visit to the country on 31 August and 1 September. Dr Frei met with Dr Adriana Soto, Colombia’s Deputy Minister of Environment, and presented to her the WEC Energy Sustainability Index, published as a part of the WEC’s assessment […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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Interview: Professor Abubakar Sambo, WEC Vice Chair for Africa

As students in many parts of the world head back to school, we talk to Professor Abubakar Sambo, WEC Vice Chair for Africa, about energy skills shortage and the African situation. What is the global situation with regards to energy skills shortage? In the energy industry globally there is a growing demand for technical personnel […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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Pierre Gadonneix pledges WEC support for India following blackout

Pierre Gadonneix, the WEC Chairman, has written to Member Committee chairs to pledge the WEC network’s support to India following the power outage in northern India earlier this month which left more than 600 million people without power for two days. He wrote: “It is important that we unite in our support for India at […]

Posted on 21 August 2012

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Interview: Rob Whitney (EFNZ) and Phil O’Reilly (BusinessNZ)

EFNZ, the WEC’s New Zealand member committee, has recently joined forces with BusinessNZ to form the BusinessNZ Energy Council. Here, Rob Whitney and Phil O’Reilly tell us how the new organisation will be championing the ‘NZ Inc.’ brand. Your two organisations have joined forces. What’s the thinking behind it? Phil O’Reilly, BusinessNZ: Secure, affordable and […]

Posted on 15 August 2012

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World Energy Congress Chairman meets Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a meeting with Kim Joong-kyum, the chairman of the Organising Committee for WEC Daegu 2013 and KEPCO President & CEO, that he is looking forward to the upcoming Congress in October 2013. Mr Ban described energy as the “golden thread” connecting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals during his […]

Posted on 12 August 2012

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