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World Energy Council to launch 2017 Issues Monitor

The World Energy Council will be officially launching the 2017 World Energy Issues Monitor in Washington on 6 April, followed by  further presentations at regional events being held. The 2017 Issues Monitor finds that industry leaders remain most concerned by commodity prices and associated volatility. The ‘new normal’ for economic growth is perceived with greater […]

Posted on 16 March 2017

Etihad Aviation Group to support World Energy Congress

The Organising Committee of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi has announced the support of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) in the delivery of the 2019 Congress. The agreement appoints Hala Abu Dhabi as the Official Travel & Destination Partner alongside Etihad Airways as the Official Airline for the World Energy Council’s 24th World […]

Posted on 16 March 2017

Enhancing energy access and sustainable development in Nigeria

The vast expansion in energy services dominated by fossil fuel-based technologies, which has underpinned rapid industrial development, sustained world economic growth and vast improvement in human well-being in the last century, has come at a high environmental cost to Nigeria. In a one-day National Workshop on ‘Enhanced Energy Access for Sustainable Development of the Built […]

Posted on 13 March 2017

Could the potential for Blockchain technology change the world?

As a consequence of growing digitalisation and decentralisation in the energy sector of industrialised economies, blockchain applications are becoming more and more visible and are gaining momentum in the utilities industry. The future market is set to be a two-way system made up of billions of interacting endpoints: everything from smart plugs, smart meters, solar […]

Posted on 13 March 2017

European Commission Directorate General for Energy explores World Energy Council global Scenarios

After the World Energy Congress in Istanbul, the World Energy Council’s 2016 Global Scenarios have attracted a wide range of interest within the energy industry and among policymakers. The Directorate General for Energy (DG) of the European Commission was keen to explore the World Energy Scenarios. In particular, to discuss the implications of the Global […]

Posted on 13 March 2017

UAE signs crucial 24th World Energy Congress project management contract

His Excellency Eng Suhail Al Mazrouei, United  Arab  Emirates Minister of Energy and Chair of the Council’s UAE national member committee, recently signed the project management office (PMO) contract with Energy Events Experts, to support the work of the committee and ensure the smooth delivery of the 24th World Energy Congress to be held in […]

Posted on 21 February 2017

Korean Republic gathers to enhance cooperation amid growing emerging uncertainties

In 2016 South Korea’s government unveiled a plan to invest approximately 42 trillion won ($36.6 billion USD) in developing renewable energy industries, such as solar and wind power and eco-friendly power plants, by 2020. Under the plan, new renewable power stations will be built to produce 13 million kilowatts of electricity annually, which is equivalent to that of 26 […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

Young energy professional lands dream job after completing Future Energy Leader’s programme

The World Energy Council’s French Future Energy Leaders’ programme (FELS) provided Bianka Shoai-Tehrani the opportunity to land her dream job, as a researcher at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Kyoto, Japan. Thanks to connections made through the FEL programme, Bianka’s successful interview during the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, resulted […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

World Energy Council presents to Italian Parliament to celebrate Triple A Trilemma ranking

With increasing geopolitical and regulatory changes impacting on the way stakeholders within the energy sector have operated in recent decades, it is  evident that an energy transition is well under way. Marco Margheri, President of the Italian member committee of the World Energy Council, recently announced an engagement strategy which aims at facilitating the debate […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

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

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

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

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

World Energy Council welcomes new CEO for SE4All

Rachel Kyte, currently serving as the World Bank Group’s Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, has been appointed the new CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative with effect from 1 January 2016. In welcoming her appointment, Christoph Frei said: “SE4All and The World Energy Council share common goals.  We’re looking […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

Energy Efficiency Technologies Knowledge Network agrees action plan

The Knowledge Network on Energy Efficient Technologies chaired by Dr. Klaus Willnow, recently met to discuss and agree focus areas for the 2016 report. 16 members attended the meeting in London or participated by teleconference. It was agreed that the next report will build on the findings of the last report published two years ago […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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

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

Crisis can present opportunities

Speaking at the VIII International Congress Bolivia Gas & Energy 2015, Raul Kieffer, Secretary of the Bolivian Member Committee, said: “We started the Congress with the question of whether the next decade would be a period of crisis or opportunity. At the end of the Congress we concluded that we are facing a great opportunity […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

Beirut Energy Forum: new launches and support for World Energy Congress 2016

The World Energy Council Beirut Energy Forum in September saw a number of official launches including the 2ndNational Energy Efficiency Action of Lebanon, the National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Lebanon and Energy Awareness Awards. The theme of the Forum was ‘The Rising of Sustainable Energy: A Solid Driver for Economy Growth’ and took place […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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

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