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New report: Catalysing the low-carbon economy

Technology and a reduction of barriers to environmental energy-related goods cited as requirements for achieving post-2015 climate and development goals

Posted on 28 January 2015

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Scenarios team gathers regional energy experts in India & South Africa

The World Energy Council will be gathering key decision-makers in India and South Africa over the next month to discuss the region’s energy future.

Posted on 28 January 2015

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The “new normal”: Energy price volatility and climate framework uncertainty top concerns of global energy leaders

Energy leaders see energy price volatility and the future of a climate framework as their top critical uncertainties, according to our latest World Energy Issues Monitor. This 7th annual edition of the study, entitled “Energy price volatility: the new normal”, has gathered the views of more than 1,000 energy leaders, including ministers and chief executives from nearly 80 countries.

Posted on 20 January 2015

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WEC Japan seminar sought path for an industry in transition

Top executives from the Japanese energy industry gathered at WEC Japan’s event last month to discuss the critical issues affecting the sector

Posted on 15 January 2015

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WEC Year of Africa kicks off at the 2015 Africa Energy Indaba

World Energy Council designates 2015 as its “Year of Africa” and will start its programme at the 2015 Africa Energy Indaba

Posted on 15 January 2015

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WEC Spain event weighs up human rights and geopolitics

Spanish energy executives discussed the issue of energy and human rights, geopolitics, and trade at a recent seminar.

Posted on 14 January 2015

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Trilemma report showcased in Denmark

Nearly 60 participants from embassies, industry, public authorities, utilities and universities gathered on 1 December for the presentation and discussion of the WEC’s 2014 World Energy Trilemma report.

Posted on 9 January 2015

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WEC thought-leadership showcased at COP 20 Lima

The World Energy Council brought its content and thought-leadership to more than 10,000 delegates at the 2014 COP-20 meeting in Lima

Posted on 15 December 2014

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Utilities call for joint action to deliver universal access while reducing emissions

A joint adaptation and mitigation approach, new energy storage technologies, and stable policies along with a meaningful carbon price will be required if countries are to deliver universal access while reducing emissions.

Posted on 9 December 2014

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2014 Trilemma report launched in Washington DC

The World Energy Council launched its annual World Energy Trilemma report in Washington DC with the support of the US Energy Association

Posted on 27 November 2014

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Energy future hinges upon financing choices today, warns World Energy Council

Annual ranking of 129 countries finds number of AAA countries drops from five to three while four countries put on negative watch

Posted on 24 November 2014

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More Europe needed in European energy markets

Leading figures of the European and German energy world were united in their calls for a renewed effort towards more integration in European energy markets at WEC Germany’s flagship event.

Posted on 13 November 2014

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WEC Lebanon holds Beirut Energy Forum

The 5th Beirut Energy Forum was held from 17 to 19 September in Beirut, Lebanon.

Posted on 13 November 2014

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2014 Executive Assembly put spotlight on regional integration

The World Energy Council’s Executive Assembly concluded last month (20–24 October) in Colombia with broad support from WEC members and the more than 700 attending representatives from governments and the private sector.

Posted on 11 November 2014

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Speech by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia said at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit says the energy trilemma offers a valuable roadmap to strengthening the energy sector, adding that guaranteeing energy sustainability is a “shared task” among nations

Posted on 11 November 2014

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Finalizó con éxito en Cartagena la Cumbre Mundial de Líderes Energéticos

Presidente Santos definió en el cierre de la cumbre del Consejo Mundial de Energía los retos del sector para los próximos cuatro años. Más 700 líderes mundiales y delegados de 60 países, participaron en la Cumbre como muestra de la voluntad global para seguir afianzando los principios de la sostenibilidad energética. En el cierre de […]

Posted on 24 October 2014

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Abu Dhabi to host World Energy Council’s 2019 World Energy Congress

The UAE will host the 2019 World Energy Congress while dates for the 2016 Congress were also announced

Posted on 23 October 2014

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Colombia advances 8 places in global ranking on energy sustainability

World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index to be revealed next month 22 October 2014, Cartagena, Colombia – Colombia will advance 8 places among 129 countries in an upcoming global ranking measuring the performance of countries in energy sustainability, according to the World Energy Council.  The World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index measures the performance of […]

Posted on 22 October 2014

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73% of Latin America consumers are willing to pay more for alternative transport fuels

New report by World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders shed light on consumer perspectives on demand-side energy solutions

Posted on 21 October 2014

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Energy Summit gathers leaders from more than 100 countries to examine the energy future of Latin America

World Energy Council summit to gather 500 leaders and more than 20 ministers while Colombia’s global ranking in energy sustainability will be previewed at Cartagena event

Posted on 17 October 2014

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New initiative to put numbers to the latest risks impacting energy investment

World Energy Council joins forces with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and Marsh & McLennan Companies 1 October 2014, London & Zurich – The World Energy Council (WEC) has launched a new initiative to help mobilise investments into the energy sector. The WEC project, Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure, will seek to understand how the energy and […]

Posted on 1 October 2014

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Energy sector faces increasing pressures from climate change – new report

The energy sector is facing increasing pressures from climate change. All segments of the industry will be affected by the changing global climate and the policy responses to it.

Posted on 13 June 2014

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UN Secretary-General to host first Sustainable Energy for All Forum (4-6 June)

Ministers, leaders from business and civil society to assess progress, chart way forward to reach targets on energy access, efficiency, renewables United Nations, New York, 27 May – Momentum is building for the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, to be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 4-6 June.  Over one thousand […]

Posted on 27 May 2014

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World Energy Council welcomes National Grid as Global Partner

20 May 2014, London – The World Energy Council (WEC) has welcomed National Grid as the newest member of its Global Partner programme. National Grid owns and runs energy networks in the UK and north-eastern US, delivering power and gas safely to millions of customers. The company joins the WEC’s community of Global Partners with […]

Posted on 20 May 2014

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WEC Europe: Implementation of new EU energy policy needs careful consideration

The WEC’s European member countries discussed the EU’s new energy policy with the European Commission at the WEC’s 3rd European Energy Forum in Paris on 24–25 April.

Posted on 4 May 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 presented 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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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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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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WEC Germany explores energy market at a crossroads

Senior energy experts and politicians gathered at WEC Germany’s 2012 Energy Day on 10 September in Berlin to discuss how the country could navigate through the uncertainties of its future energy policy. According to Leonhard Birnbaum, Chief Commercial Officer of RWE, Germany’s energy policy is at a crossroads as politicians try to decide whether they […]

Posted on 12 September 2012

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WEC helps build pan-African energy knowledge base

Developing energy skills and knowledge is crucial for Africa’s long-term economic and sustainable development, said the World Energy Council on 3 September at a workshop on energy statistics skills training and capacity building, organised by the African Energy Commission (AFREC). “Establishing and implementing comprehensive energy information systems and database is critical for energy system planning, […]

Posted on 3 September 2012

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Details of Bolivian energy plan revealed at WEC Bolivia conference

Senior Bolivian government figures revealed further details for the country’s new energy plan at a conference organised last month (22–23 August) by the Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons and Energy (Cámara Boliviana de Hidrocarburos y Energía, or CBHE), the WEC Bolivian committee. Bolivia launched its energy plans last year in a bid to improve the country’s […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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USEA helps East Africa identify clean energy strategies

Senior executives from the electric utilities, energy ministries, regulatory authorities and private sector from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda took part in a workshop focusing on strategies for clean energy deployment in East Africa.  Delegates identified best practices for deploying clean energy technologies given financial constraints. The Workshop on Clean Energy Development Strategies in […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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WEC Mexico explores path towards climate reduction strategy

Members of WEC Mexico gathered to hear the latest on Mexico’s strategy towards a low-carbon economy. Mexico’s officials are developing the strategy to meet the country’s carbon reduction goals as stated in its new law on climate change, introduced in June and to be enacted in October. The law calls for a binding 30% reduction […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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WEC engages Colombian government and industry

Dr Christoph Frei, WEC Secretary General, engaged Colombian government and industry on WEC activities during a visit to the country on 31 August and 1 September. Dr Frei met with Dr Adriana Soto, Colombia’s Deputy Minister of Environment, and presented to her the WEC Energy Sustainability Index, published as a part of the WEC’s assessment […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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Interview: Professor Abubakar Sambo, WEC Vice Chair for Africa

As students in many parts of the world head back to school, we talk to Professor Abubakar Sambo, WEC Vice Chair for Africa, about energy skills shortage and the African situation. What is the global situation with regards to energy skills shortage? In the energy industry globally there is a growing demand for technical personnel […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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Pierre Gadonneix pledges WEC support for India following blackout

Pierre Gadonneix, the WEC Chairman, has written to Member Committee chairs to pledge the WEC network’s support to India following the power outage in northern India earlier this month which left more than 600 million people without power for two days. He wrote: “It is important that we unite in our support for India at […]

Posted on 21 August 2012

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Interview: Rob Whitney (EFNZ) and Phil O’Reilly (BusinessNZ)

EFNZ, the WEC’s New Zealand member committee, has recently joined forces with BusinessNZ to form the BusinessNZ Energy Council. Here, Rob Whitney and Phil O’Reilly tell us how the new organisation will be championing the ‘NZ Inc.’ brand. Your two organisations have joined forces. What’s the thinking behind it? Phil O’Reilly, BusinessNZ: Secure, affordable and […]

Posted on 15 August 2012

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World Energy Congress Chairman meets Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a meeting with Kim Joong-kyum, the chairman of the Organising Committee for WEC Daegu 2013 and KEPCO President & CEO, that he is looking forward to the upcoming Congress in October 2013. Mr Ban described energy as the “golden thread” connecting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals during his […]

Posted on 12 August 2012

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