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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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Governments and industry should cooperate to solve energy trilemma, say experts

With growing energy demand in Asia and coming challenges in the global market, industry and governments need to work together to find solutions to tackle the “energy trilemma” of energy equity, energy security, and environmental sustainability, said panelists at the opening session of the World Energy Congress on Wednesday. “There is a lot of common ground between industry and […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Energy-water-food nexus would benefit from education initiatives

“We are fiddling, whilst Rome is burning” said Jason Drew, CEO of AgriProtein, in discussing the sustainability of the energy-water-food nexus. Drew, whose company feeds biological waste to fly larvae to produce a sustainable source of protein for use in industrial agricultural processes, said “the industrial revolution is over and the sustainable revolution has begun,” […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Two years after Fukushima: Is the nuclear renaissance over?

“After Fukushima, nuclear reactors were closed down for political reasons but none were shut down because of regulatory reasons,” said Luis Echavarri, Director General OECD Nuclear Energy Agency referring to a regulatory review conducted by OECD in wake of Fukushima accident. “To have a nuclear program, a country needs social and political support.” He explained […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Transparency is becoming a major issue for the global oil market

Political and public interest in the oil markets remains high, with concerns that oil prices are subject to manipulation, even though recent academic studies suggest that oil prices are driven primarily by the fundamentals of supply and demand, delegates at the Daegu 2013 Congress were told on 16 October. Shifts in global and regional oil […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Is a common European energy market just a pipe dream?

Europe is at the forefront of moving from a nation-based energy system to a regional one. The integration of electric and gas networks is planned for 2014, but recent policy shifts by EU member states have cast doubt about the reality of achieving this goal. Many questions remain how these nations can overcome their different political and […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Regional Crossroads, "Focus Russia: Key policy innovations and international cooperation in a transformed energy world"

Russia sees closer energy ties with Asia

Forces transforming the energy industry are full of opportunities and challenges for Russia, according to senior officials who spoke at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 16 October. Alexander Novak, Russian Minister of Energy, said “We have lots of natural gas and we don’t see a necessity in producing shale gas,” but added that “We’ll look […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Game Changer, "Climate negotiations: How to bridge the three gaps?"

Climate negotiations are urgent priority

Although governments will draft a Universal Climate Agreement next year with plans to adopt it in 2015, “a global agreement is not going to be possible unless enough local, national action and legislation occur,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said on 16 October. So far 30 to 40 countries have climate legislation, but […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Bottom Line, "Biofuel: Beyond fuel in the tank"

Biofuels remain a contentious energy source

Controversy remains over the future of biofuel in the global energy mix. During a panel session at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 16 October, experts could not agree on the environmental sustainability and long-term economic viability of the biofuel industry. The Leader of the WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, Samantha Smith, stated that “We […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session What does it take?, "National energy policy: Achieving a triple 'A' score"

WEC rankings offer a guideline for environmental sustainability

The WEC’s Energy Sustainability Index serves as a benchmark for nations in implementing their energy policies. The World Energy Council has graded 129 countries with A through D scores based on three criteria reflecting the “Energy Trilemma”: security, equity, and environmental sustainability. Only 5 countries received the highest score, the AAA. For developed countries, achieving a […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Regional Crossroads, "MENA: Serving a triple agenda - International supply, local energy growth, and need for job creation"

Imbalances plague world’s richest energy region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the world’s richest area in terms of fossil fuels faces serious obstacles to directing its resources to the people who need them the most, the World Energy Congress was told on 16 October. Even though the area boasts 57% of the world’s known oil and gas reserves, it […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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