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WEC Chair Marie-Jose Nadeau - February 2015 (WEB)

World Energy Council’s message of support to the government of Turkey

On behalf of the board of the World Energy Council, I wish to express our revulsion at the dreadful terrorist attack that took place at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. We wish to extend the condolences of the entire World Energy Council family to the people of Turkey in this time of difficulty.

Posted on 30 June 2016

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Standing committee meetings held this month begin the countdown to the 2016 Executive Assembly week

The World Energy Council held all standing committee meetings in London between 8 and 9 June and welcomed representatives of the Council’s member committees from across the globe to discuss key topics in the run up to the 23rd World Energy Congress and Executive Assembly week in Istanbul. The two days of meetings were preceded […]

Posted on 23 June 2016

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Future Energy Leaders shine in Africa and Latin America

As the World Energy Council welcome’s this year’s 35 new participants into its Future Energy Leaders (FEL) programme, Mercy Manyuchi talks to WEC Inside about her upcoming plans as a new member, while fellow FEL Renzo talks about his experiences to date.

Posted on 22 June 2016

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World Energy Council welcomes new regional Vice Chair

As the Council welcomes its new Vice Chair for the Asia Pacific & South East Asia, Shigeru Muraki, who succeeded Arup Choudhury, talks about his plans for the next three years and the vision for his role.

Posted on 22 June 2016

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Geopolitics of hydrocarbons: Hot spot of ‘energy and geostrategy’

Despite the difficulty in forecasting the evolution of the global geopolitical energy framework, both in the short and long-term, it is clear that the geopolitical and energy agendas have been undoubtedly connected to the supply and price of hydrocarbons during the last year, concludes the latest publication of the World Energy Council’s Spanish member committee ‘Energy and Geostrategy 2016’, report.

Posted on 21 June 2016

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World Energy Council Co-Chair plays host to international media round-table

In anticipation of the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, current Council Co-chair Younghoon David Kim hosted a media round-table in Seoul with senior foreign correspondents on 24 May.

Posted on 21 June 2016

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2016 Trilemma report receives warm reception at the Clean Energy Ministerial

For the second year running the World Energy Council was invited to present the World Energy Trilemma report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7).

Posted on 9 June 2016

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Clean Energy Ministerial: “A down-to-earth, results-orientated programme”

The CEM is all about “personally engaging ministers so that they want to push forward clean energy initiative in the world”, says Jonathan Elkind, the man behind the US hosting of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in an interview with World Energy Focus. Member countries represent 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of […]

Posted on 27 May 2016

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World Energy Scenarios: Update

Following the series of regional workshops held throughout the world, the World Energy Scenarios work has finalised its consultative stage and is now entering a new major phase of its development work

Posted on 19 May 2016

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Future Energy Leaders push for greater diversity

The World Energy Council is pleased to welcome this year’s 35 new participants into its Future Energy Leaders (FEL) programme. The 100 energy leaders who are part of the FEL programme are highly motivated young professionals with a solid interest and proven track record in the energy sector with the potential to become a leader.

Posted on 19 May 2016

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Japanese nuclear plants still standing after earthquake hits Kumamoto

Following the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, southern region of Japan on 14 April, World Energy Council Japan reports no damage was done to the five reactors of the two nuclear power stations in the region, the Sendai and Genkai Nuclear Power Stations, both operated by Kyushu Electric Power Company.

Posted on 18 May 2016

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The Paris Agreement: an ambitious course

Members of the Conseil Français de l’Énergie recently gathered to hear the Chair of the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) share his views on the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) two months after it was held, and analyse the results of the Paris Agreement.

Posted on 18 May 2016

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Market Design Task Force present memorandum to European Commission

The World Energy Council’s European Market Design Task Force recently met with the Director General of the European Commission, Dominique Ristori, to present highlights of a memorandum on energy market designs.

Posted on 9 May 2016

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Focus: New paradigms for the nuclear energy sector

A wave of innovation is sweeping across the nuclear sector – so much so that it is difficult for financiers to pick winners at this stage. But the biggest innovation may come in the form of a new investment paradigm that involves private investors much more than in the past, writes specialised nuclear energy reporter Dan Yurman in the May issue of World Energy Focus, the World Energy Council’s magazine.

Posted on 3 May 2016

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Technology is the Future of Energy

The World Energy Council’s Co-chair Younghoon David Kim delivered a keynote speech at the 2016 DongA New Energy Innovation Conference in February in Seoul hosted by one of Korea’s most respected major dailies, The DongA Ilbo.  The speech, entitled “Technology is the Future of Energy,” covered recent discussions Co-chair Kim that had in Davos where […]

Posted on 18 April 2016

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Worldwide roll-out of new visual identity

Following extensive consultation with World Energy Council National Member Committees and with the approval of the Communications and Strategy Committee, the rollout of the new visual identity started this month. The new logo design clearly highlights the name and in doing so represents the essence of the Council’s mission – to provide the premier energy […]

Posted on 23 March 2016

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World Energy Council study reveals slowdown in energy efficiency despite growing government involvement

World Energy Congress, Daegu, Korea, 16 October: The World Energy Council’s latest energy efficiency study reports a general slowdown in energy efficiency improvements, it was announced today. The report, “World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Policies”, is produced in collaboration with France’s energy and environment agency, ADEME. The report shows that more and more countries are […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Korea to play “important” part in global energy market, says Royal Dutch Shell CEO

Energy demand in Asia could more than double in the next 50 years, and a “historic phase” of industrialization and urbanization in Asia’s emerging economies means Korea is well-placed to be an important player, said Peter Voser, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell. “South Korea is an appropriate place to focus on this issue,” he […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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Financial markets must play role in energy development

Markets must assist to encourage energy investments Governments need to fashion long-term energy policies to ensure financing MENA political turmoil could offset promise of cheap energy prices due to U.S. shale gas boom. Energy experts told delegates at the World Energy Congress Daegu 2013 that financial markets must assist to ensure investment in energy. Seethapathy […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Face to Face, "Shale gas and oil: Is it just a bubble?", Gerard Mestrallet, France & John Defterios, UAE

Shale gas and oil: Is it just a bubble?

The shale gas and oil boom has been an incredible phenomenon and has the potential to transform the oil and gas industry, the World Energy Congress was told on 15 October. Gérard Mestrallet, the Chairman & CEO of French utility company GDF Suez, said that he disagreed with suggestions that some of the claims regarding […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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What are the game changers?

Industry leaders say strategic innovation, high technology key to exploiting less conventional energy sources Strategic innovation and technological progress are key in changing the energy game Exploiting lesser-known conventional and unconventional energy deposits will involve risk Methane hydrate, deep water and arctic drilling, oil shale, and shale gas have potential Innovation, technology, and long-term commitment […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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The untapped hydro potential: Opportunities and risks

While it remains easier to build a coal plant than a hydro one due to social and environmental concerns, hydropower is enjoying something of a renaissance as large hydro projects seek to exploit the huge unused potential in Central Africa, Latin America, Russia and Canada. With only one third of achievable hydro potential developed to […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

Session What does it take?, "Financing energy: Managing risks and complexity", Day 2, 2013 World Energy Congress

Government guarantees needed to support energy investments

A total of $37 trillion is needed for energy investments by 2025, or roughly $1.5 of the $12 trillion in new capital that is raised every year, the World Energy Congress was told on 15 October. The solution to liberating the “ocean of capital” to finance energy projects is close collaboration among the science sector, […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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Renewables to impact market pricing

Advances in renewable resource technology pose a threat to the energy sector. In some European countries that have heavily invested in wind or solar plants, energy prices have been “driven through the floor”, said Philipp Gerbert, Senior Partner & Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group. In response, he said, the low costs mean energy providers […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Regional Crossroads, "North America: Energy self-sufficiency by 2015?"

US energy self-sufficiency poses challenges for Canadian exporters, overseas markets

US energy self-sufficiency, resulting from the shale gas and oil boom, could cause a potential rift in US-Canada relations, the World Energy Congress was told on 15 October. There were also indications of rising concern that an environmentally conscious and energy-rich United States may no longer be keen to commit to major infrastructure projects needed […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

Session Game Changer, "Natural gas markets and geopolitics: A map in transition", Day 2, 2013 World Energy Congress

Shale gas revolution impact may be limited in Asia

Panel participants said on 15 October that shale gas is a significant game changer, particularly in North America, but those in Asia who hope it will transform energy pricing are unlikely to be satisfied because the pace and scale of the shale gas revolution in North America will be difficult to replicate. China has vast […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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