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Resilient energy needs smarter not just stronger solutions: Safe-Fail not Fail-Safe

New approaches are required for the management and financing of energy infrastructures as companies and governments seek to meet the challenges of increased extreme weather risks. New thinking is needed says the latest report from the World Energy Council, ‘The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risks’.

Posted on 30 September 2015

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World Energy Council welcomes energy inclusion in UN Sustainable Development Goals

As world leaders gather for the UN General Assembly to formally adopt new Sustainable Development Goals, the World Energy Council welcomes the inclusion of the energy goal: ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’.
Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the Council said: “The adoption of energy among sustainable development goals is timely, critical and historic. […]”

Posted on 25 September 2015


Future Energy Leaders active in Latin America

Francisco José Galtieri, a project leader and consultant in the oil and gas industry in Argentina, talks to Inside about what motivated him to take an active part in FEL-100 activities.  Why did you become a FEL? I joined the FEL community as it seemed an opportunity for a young professional to broaden his knowledge […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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Time of greatest energy uncertainty

In a presentation to insurance company Swiss Re, Christoph Frei talked about his concerns for the future with a warning of dramatic consequences if no action was taken.  The following are extracts from his talk: “The World Energy Council is issuing a warning that we are living in times of great energy uncertainty.  More than […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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How to secure reliable power supplies to mega cities

Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, has been invited by the Japanese Member Committee to lead a study entitled “How to Secure Reliable Power Supply to Mega Cities”. The latest insights on the work were presented at a workshop where around 30 experts from Asian countries gathered. This initiative, which is closely linked with the World […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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Reform tops the agenda in Mexico

Against a background of energy change that is taking place in Mexico in terms of regulatory markets, low carbon economies and resilience strategies, Christoph Frei presented a speech at the VII joint annual congress of the energy sector associations in Acapulco, Mexico in September. In the speech he highlighted issues emerging from the World Energy […]

Posted on 23 September 2015


First South American Energy Forum promotes regional integration

The first South American Energy Forum to promote regional integration projects in Latin America organised by the World Energy Council and the Union of South American Nations with the support of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy took place in Quito in Ecuador in September. The Forum which was opened by the Vice-President of […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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World Energy Academy Programme Update

Since the launch in Argentina in 2014 of the first World Energy Academy programme designed to provide national level training programmes, countries from every region have expressed their support of the initiative. Almost 20 countries, such as Estonia and Lebanon are planning to shortly set up Academies, with nine countries saying they will set up […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

H.E. Suhail Al Mazourei, UAE energy minister, opens the World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue in Abu Dhabi

World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue held in Abu Dhabi

The World Energy Council held its inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue (WELD) in Abu Dhabi last week (21 January). Opening the event, His Excellency Suhail Al Mazourei, UAE energy minister, commented on how renewable energy is becoming a viable solution even for countries rich in fossil fuels. In his address, he explained that in the […]

Posted on 28 January 2014

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World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue to start in Abu Dhabi

The WEC will be holding its inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue next Tuesday (21 January) in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. The event will be co-hosted by H. E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy, and Marie-José Nadeau, WEC Chair. The WEC expects that its Dialogue events will provide a more frequent, regionally focused […]

Posted on 17 January 2014

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WEC Japan celebrates successful Congress in Tokyo

The Japan Energy Association (JEA), the WEC’s Japanese member committee, brought the highlights of the 22nd World Energy Congress in a special gathering in Tokyo last month (6 December 2013). This was the latest such gathering that the Japanese committee holds after every World Energy Congress to update its members about the global energy sector […]

Posted on 16 January 2014

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Germany keeps an eye on the world as it mulls over its renewables policy

The end of 2013 saw the formation of a new German government, headed by Angela Merkel as Chancellor for the third time. One issue that remains on top of the government’s “to-do” list is to see how it can integrate the further expansion of renewables in an economically and technically feasible manner. But the country […]

Posted on 16 January 2014

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Interview: Marie-José Nadeau, Chair of the World Energy Council

Marie-José Nadeau has taken the helm as the first woman chair in the WEC’s 90-year history. She talks about her vision, the 2013 Congress, and the path towards Istanbul 2016.  What are your key takeaways from the 2013 Congress? The Congress has been outstanding in terms of its programme and attendance, with 7500 delegates, including […]

Posted on 13 January 2014

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Interview: Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair of World Energy Trilemma

The WEC trilemma team has focused the second half of this year on engaging decision-makers during the UN General Assembly, at the World Energy Congress, and at COP-19. Interview with Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair of the study:   The findings of the Trilemma study were discussed at the Congress. What was achieved there? At the […]

Posted on 18 December 2013


WEC at COP: guiding energy and climate decisions

The WEC brought its studies and outcomes of the World Energy Congress to decision-makers in Warsaw, Poland last month during the UNFCCC’s 19th Conference of Parties (COP-19). The WEC kicked off a week of activities with its official side event on 15 November, organised as part of the UNFCCC’s formal day for the Business and […]

Posted on 18 December 2013

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Portugal needs a stable energy policy, WEC event heard

Energy policy must be stable, delegates heard at a WEC Portugal event in Lisbon last month (27 November). Echoing the recommendations of the WEC trilemma study, Jorge Moreira da Silva, the Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, stressed that “Portugal needs a stable energy policy, with a vision that transcends a legislature”, adding that […]

Posted on 11 December 2013

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Let the markets decide on renewables, WEC Slovenia conference told

Slovenia’s policymakers must allow its private sector to have a greater say in driving the country’s long-term renewable energy decisions, delegates heard at a recent WEC Slovenia conference. Professor Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation and Director of Loyola de Palacio Energy Policy Programme, made the introductory remarks as he moderated a […]

Posted on 11 December 2013


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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