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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

Investment is the key to unlocking Africa’s untapped potential

Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the 9th Annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, to discuss how best to unlock investment to develop an energy infrastructure road map for Africa. The World Energy Council will be holding a number of high-level ministerial meetings as part […]

Posted on 15 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

After completing  the World Energy Council’s French  Future Energy Leaders’ programme (FELS), Bianka Shoai-Tehrani  landed  an interview after the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, of which she was hired a few months later. Bianka is currently working as a researcher at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Kyoto, Japan,  as […]

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 increasingly 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 debate […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

Driving clean energy technologies through trade policy

Although the majority of governments have set ambitious targets for increasing the share of renewable energy, reducing GHG emissions, or spurring energy efficiency, several have still in place tariff and non-tariff barriers on imported energy and environmental goods. Trade policy is one tool that can enable greater efficiency in global value chains for clean energy […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

World Energy Council talks to its new Co-Chair

As  he enters a  new three -year  term the Council talks to Jean Marie Dauger,  Co-Chair  of the World  Energy Council,  on emerging trends impacting the energy sector, the role of the Studies Committee,  and  how to mobilise greater involvement from all national members in the Council’s activities. Jean-Marie Dauger has served several positions within […]

Posted on 24 January 2017

World Energy Council to hold Africa Regional Workshop at Energy Indaba 2017

The Africa Energy Indaba brings together international and continental experts to share their insights and solutions to Africa’s energy crisis, while simultaneously exploring the vast energy development opportunities on offer in Africa! Adopted by the World Energy Council as its African regional event and presented by the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), the Africa […]

Posted on 24 January 2017

World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders secure place on Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy

Every year, Forbes search for promising young people working on energy issues or in the energy industry. They seek them out from major oil companies to university research labs to Silicon Valley venture capitalist firm, then pass on a shortlist to three judges to get their input on who they think deserves to end up on the final […]

Posted on 24 January 2017

Call for World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders

Every year, around 35 new Future Energy Leaders are selected in a competitive process to join the Council’s FEL-100 programme and become a member of this exclusive global network.  Could a future energy leader be part of your national network? The World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ Programme – the FEL-100 is designed to inspire, […]

Posted on 24 January 2017

Trilemma champion steps down after five years at the helm

After five years at the helm, one of the energy sector’s influential female leaders is stepping down as Chair of the World Energy Council’s Trilemma Study group. During her time as Chair, Joan MacNaughton oversaw the publication of five annual World Energy Trilemma reports, of which this year’s was presented to global energy ministers at […]

Posted on 24 January 2017

Energiewende is an inspiration, but not a blueprint for the world

German energy policy is noticed widely abroad. However, a majority of energy professionals do not see German energy policies as a global blueprint according to a recently published survey by the German member committee of the World Energy Council. The Survey, German energy policy – a blueprint for the world, found that internationally, a large […]

Posted on 24 January 2017

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 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

Bolivia at the heart of regional integration

As Bolivia faces a series of generation projects that aim to consolidate the country as the centre of energy within Latin America, the Bolivian member committee of the World Energy Council held a workshop to explore the global panorama of the hydroelectric sector and its impact on Bolivia. From a global perspective, in the last […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

World Energy Council launches energy efficiency report at Cop22

At an official UN side event held in the side-lines of the COP22 negotiations in Marrakesh, the World Energy Council has released a report highlighting significant achievements in energy efficiency despite the recent global economic crisis. Over the last 15 years’ energy efficiency improvements have saved the world 3.1 gigatonnes (Gtoe) of primary energy consumption […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

World Energy Council launches 2016 Trilemma Index tool in Istanbul

During the 23rd World Energy Congress, energy ministers and officials from Turkey, UAE, Algeria, South Korea, Ecuador, Nigeria, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany and more, convened to debate how best achieve an AAA score to secure sustainable energy Access to electricity and clean cooking has improved for the 125 Index countries to 85% and 74% respectively since […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Decentralized energy solutions can deliver universal energy access in Africa

The 21st century can be an African century – but only if energy access is enabled for more than 620 million people living without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. In an interview with World Energy Focus magazine, Paul Smith Lomas, CEO of international development charity Practical Action, highlights that a bottom-up approach to energy planning, including training, and […]

Posted on 17 November 2016

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