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New energy realities: Gas markets, projects, challenges and role of natural gas in the future

In recent years, the gas market has suffered several changes. The discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that modify this market in depth. At a time of critical transition in the energy sector it is increasingly important for leading players in the gas industry […]

Posted on 21 December 2016

World Energy Council Austria commences cooperation with OPEC

The current and future developments in the oil and gas sector are of essential importance for the whole energy market. Given this importance, the World Energy Council Austria and the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries determined ongoing cooperation in July 2016. It was agreed that future collaboration on activities such as events and information […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

Denmark sets ambitious goals to have the most integrated market based energy system in Europe

With the government setting ambitious goals for Denmark, the country was ranked as the world’s number 1 in energy sustainability in the 2016 World Energy Trilemma Index. For that reason, the Danish National member committee of the World Energy Council organised a national presentation and discussion of the Council’s recent Trilemma Index launched at the […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

Marine Biotechnology at the heart of Korean green growth strategy

The ocean is an untapped, potentially sustainable source of bioenergy. There are many examples of the production of bio-energy from marine organisms, but the production of biofuel from microalgae presents perhaps the most promising option to harvest this huge energy potential. In Korea, marine biotechnology is currently the focus of Blue Bio 2016, a strategic […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

World Energy Council talks climate change, deepening regional integration & Trump with its new Vice Chair for North America

As we enter  a new year, the World Energy Council talks to  Robert Hanf,  its new Vice Chair for the North American region about his vision for the  next  fives years, how to mobilise bright young future energy leaders, as well as his thoughts on the impact US President-elect Donald J Trump policies may have […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

World Energy Council Secretary General reflects on key highlights of 2016

Dear Member Committees, I wanted to personally thank you for your involvement and for the enthusiasm you put in all activities organised in 2016. This year has been very important and intense for the World Energy Council, and without your support and commitment we would have found it challenging, if not impossible, to accomplish all the […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

The political economy of energy prices

Over recent years, energy prices have played a key role in the development of political events. Oil price volatility has created winners and losers both at national and international level, as well as altering the balance of political economy at a national level and impacting on regional geopolitics.  What actions should governments undertake in order […]

Posted on 6 December 2016

World Energy Council brings 7 new realities in energy to COP22 negotiations in Marrakech

As a UN accredited body since 1953, the World Energy Council is recognised as a reliable source of thought leadership and information to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, negotiating teams and stakeholders. To keep the momentum of the World Energy Congress and the Council’s thought leadership on embracing the new […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Future energy markets: The grand transition of Estonian energy policy

The World Energy Council and some of Estonia’s and Nordic key energy players convened to discuss what the future holds for global, European, and Estonian energy policy in the face of rapid innovation and other new realities facing the energy sector. Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, opened the conference with an overview […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Experts exchange best practices on renewable energy integration as part of Power Africa initiative

Senegal is actively pursuing reform policies in the energy sector with a strong focus on promoting renewable energy. Senegal aims to achieve the electrification rate of 50% in rural areas, 96% urban areas, and 70% of national level by 2017. Current energy policy is reflected in the Lettre de Développement du Secteur de l’Energie, a […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Future Energy Leaders launch Human Capital taskforce report at 23rd Congress

The energy sector is clearly facing a period of grand transition in the face of potent new challenges and innovative and disruptive technologies.  Oil prices will  continue to drop, fossil fuels will continue to supply more than three-quarters of world energy use in 2040, and natural gas  is expected to grow the fastest impacting on […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Realising Africa’s potential at the 23rd World Energy Congress

With Africa’s rapidly growing population making ever increasing demands for greater energy access it is difficult to overestimate the scale of the challenge facing the continent. But it is also hard to match the sense of optimism and excitement that energy experts express about the opportunities to transform sub-Saharan Africa’s energy footprint in positive and […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

“The discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand”

In Focus magazine, World Energy Council Secretary General Christoph Frei describes the backdrop in which the energy sector is preparing for the new energy realities, for the Grand Transition. According to Frei, the “Discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand” (also see the latest World Energy Scenarios report launched at the […]

Posted on 17 November 2016

World Energy Council increases its presence in South East Asia

Leading power companies convened in Singapore to officially  launch the new Singaporean member committee of the World Energy Council on 10 November. With Singapore setting ambitious goals to reduce energy emissions intensity and stabilise greenhouse gas emissions outlined in the COP21 accord agreed in Paris, the Council’s Singaporean member committee and its constituent organisations will […]

Posted on 9 November 2016

Key highlights of the 23rd World Energy Congress available now!

The 23rd World Energy Congress  was an amazing opportunity for member committees to network and gain valuable insights from the many of the key players within the energy sector. The World Energy Congress held in Istanbul between 9 and 13 October provided a unique opportunity to take a complete and global view on pressing and […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

Heads of State address delegates at 23rd World Energy Congress

Four heads of states from some of the world’s largest suppliers of energy, convened to discuss tackling critical energy issues at the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul on 10 October. President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela joined Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of host nation, […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

More than 1000 registered media reported coverage of 23rd World Energy Congress

More than 300 international media outlets including the Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Bloomberg TV, El Pais, Die Spiegel, CNN, Reuters, China Central TV, The National, Xinhua and Anadolu News Agency attended the 23rd World Energy Congress. A number of member committees also brought media delegations with them. As well as CNBC being the official media partner […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

World Energy Council 2016 Executive Assembly gets off to a flying start ahead of 23rd World Energy Congress

More than 40 member committees and a number of delegates convened at the second World Energy Council 2016 Executive Assembly in Istanbul to discuss key global topics and regional energy issues impacting the energy sector. This year’s event took place directly ahead of the 23rd World Energy Congress between 7 and 9 October with the […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

German World Energy Council member committee holds first Young Energy Forum

Legislative support for the Energiewende which includes greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of 80–95% by 2050 (relative to 1990), and a renewable energy target of 60% by 2050, was passed by the German government in 2010. In this context the first Young Energy Forum organised by the German member committee of the World Energy Council, brought together young energy professionals for open discussions.

Posted on 19 August 2016

Young Austrian energy professionals gather to share latest developments in energy

For the second year running members of the World Energy Council’s Austrian Young Energy Professional’s Programme (YEP) gathered at the power grid control facility of the Austrian Power Grid (APG) in Vienna, to share their latest developments and findings over the past year.

Posted on 19 August 2016

Tackling non-tariff measures a priority in addressing the energy trilemma

Environmental goods represent a trade market of approximately US$ 1trillion annually. Reducing barriers to trade and investment would support cost effectiveness and efficient decarbonisation of the energy sector leading to more sustainable and accessible energy systems, finds a new report by the World Energy Council.

Posted on 18 August 2016

23rd World Energy Congress Set to Shape Future Global Energy Landscape

Momentum is building towards the 23rd World Energy Congress, due to take place in Istanbul between 9 and 13 October, just two months away. Government ministers from almost 50 countries are among the 261 influential senior leaders confirmed to speak at the event.

Posted on 10 August 2016

Energy leaders in the USA commit to pioneering policies to drive energy efficiency innovation

Leading energy-efficiency technologies, policies and business models that can accelerate progress in the United States and other countries, were explored at the 27th Annual Efficiency Forum co–sponsored by the World Energy Council US member committee (the United States Energy Association) and Johnson Controls.

Posted on 19 July 2016

World Energy Council explores global energy issues at Icelandic policy seminar

Iceland is the world’s largest green energy producer per capita and largest electricity producer per capita. Although the share of renewables in total primary energy is 85% in Iceland, which is among the highest in the world, the Icelandic policy is to increase it further in coming years.

Posted on 19 July 2016

Algerian member committee successfully completes their first Issues Monitor deep dive

Noureddine Bouterfa, Chair of the Algerian Member Committee, and newly appointed Minister of Energy, hosted an event to discuss key issues addressed in the Council’s 2016 World Energy Trilemma Report ‘Defining Measures to Accelerate the Energy Transition’, as well as critical uncertainties keeping Algeria’s energy leaders awake at night.

Posted on 19 July 2016

World Energy Council help to shape new United Nations Strategic Framework

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim convened the fifth meeting of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Advisory Board on 15 and 16 June.

Posted on 15 July 2016

New E-mobility report distributed at G20 Energy Ministers’ meeting

The World Energy Council recently launched a new report on E-mobility which was distributed before Ministers during the G20 Energy Ministers meeting in Beijing with the support of Berat Albyarak, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey.

Posted on 15 July 2016

FOREN 2016: ‘Secure and Sustainable energy for the region’

Prominent economic and energy policymakers from Romania and Central and South-Eastern European countries participated in the 13th Central & Eastern Europe Regional Energy Forum – FOREN 2016, organised by the Romanian member committee of the World Energy Council between 12 and 16 June.

Posted on 15 July 2016

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