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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

Welcome to our newest patron

The World Energy Council has welcomed its latest Patron, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Masdar Initiative. The Masdar Initiative is the UAE’s flagship entity whose aim is to advance the clean energy industry in Abu Dhabi and around the world, and be a catalyst for the economic diversification of the Emirates. The Patron agreement was celebrated […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

World Energy Council Welcomes Paris Agreement

Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, said: “We welcome the agreement in Paris and that we have a vision for the future. Now, the challenge is to turn words into measurable actions at both national and regional levels and to close the remaining ambition gap. “For the energy sector, this will require […]

Posted on 15 December 2015

Global Electricity Initiative: 94% of utilities already affected by extreme weather events

A new survey by the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) of electric power utilities reveals that their CEOs consider a global agreement on GHG emissions vital to their businesses’ sustainable success.

Posted on 8 December 2015

China’s role in the run up to COP21

This summer, China submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, INDC, but what role will it play at the 21st Conference of the Parties, COP21? New Future Energy Leader Peter Edwards met with Professor Zou Ji and Dr Fu Sha  based at China’s National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, NCSC, who advised on […]

Posted on 26 November 2015

Busy Zimbabwe Clean Energy, Clean Cities Week

The Zimbabwe Energy Council (ZEC) recently organised a Clean Energy Week 2015 on the topic “Clean Energy,Clean Cities” in Harare where the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Udenge, spoke about work on sustainable energy solutions. At the Forum there were wide-ranging discussions on urban clean energy which included the potential of energy […]

Posted on 26 November 2015

North American region and the global stage

Marie José Nadeau opened the 2015 North America Regional Energy Forum in October in Washington, DC. where she and the Regional Vice Chair for North America, Dean Oskvig, President and CEO of Black & Veatch Energy, both spoke to the theme “World Energy Council on the Global Stage:  How Does North America Fit In?”. Additional themes […]

Posted on 26 November 2015

Taking part at COP21

Our recommendations to the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris,COP21, which were launched at the Executive Assembly, were warmly welcomed by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. These recommendations were made following extensive consultation with our members and in accord with our governance procedures. In a video address […]

Posted on 26 November 2015

Governments draw on Trilemma Index findings

The 2015 Trilemma Index was simultaneously launched in the UK, Sweden, Switzerland and Costa Rica to wide global expert and media interest. The Index is key and core to developing a pathway from the 21st Conference of the Parties talks in Paris (COP21) – some governments are already drawing on the results in the Index […]

Posted on 26 November 2015

The Changing World Gas Industry

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Gas Conference inaugural event in South Korea, Younghoon David Kim, Co-Chair of the World Energy Council, said that whilst the South Korean gas industry has a relatively short history of 30 years, it now stands near the level of developed countries. He went on to talk about how the issues facing […]

Posted on 26 November 2015

Welcome to a new direct member Woodside

Woodside, Australia’s most experienced LNG operator and largest independent oil and gas company who is recognised across the world as an explorer, developer, producer and supplier, is the latest company to join the World Energy Council as a direct member. As well as LNG assets in the north-west of Australia that host some of the […]

Posted on 25 November 2015

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