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2015 World Energy Trilemma Report : ambitious climate framework needed now, says energy sector

New World Energy Trilemma Report says the energy sector wants to invest, but needs an ambitious climate framework, with clear emission targets and a flexible approach to meet different needs of countries to gain the confidence from investors if the essential investment target of $48-53 trillion is to be delivered. Five key actions to the succesful transition to a low carbon energy system are identified.

Posted on 27 May 2015

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New World Energy Council Report: hydropower’s big surge – set to double by 2050

Global hydroelectric power is set to double to 2,000GW capacity by 2050 thanks to the multiple roles hydro projects can fulfil, particularly in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Charting the Upsurge in Hydropower Development Report, which covers technological, economic and socio-political perspectives across the world, highlights opportunities for future growth.

Posted on 18 May 2015

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BusinessNZ Energy Council launches Young Energy Professionals Network

BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), the World Energy Council’s member committee in New Zealand, has launched a new initiative aiming to strengthen future opportunities of today’s young professionals: the Young Energy Professionals Network (YEPN).

Posted on 17 April 2015

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Objective COP21: the road is still long

The 4th European Forum of Energy finds that much still needs to be done in bringing together the visions of industrialised and developing countries

Posted on 16 April 2015

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Armenia joins the World Energy Council

Armenia has joined the World Energy Council as its newest member country today

Posted on 8 April 2015

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World Energy Council welcomes DNV GL as new Global Partner

DNV GL will support and share expertise with the world’s most influential energy network

Posted on 1 April 2015

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The Netherlands joins the World Energy Council

The Netherlands joins the World Energy Council as its newest member country

Posted on 4 March 2015

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Africa Energy Indaba examined solutions for regional integration and resource diversification

World Energy Council senior leaders and members as well as African energy leaders have gathered again this year in Johannesburg at the Africa Energy Indaba, the Council’s annual regional event for Africa.

Posted on 20 February 2015

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World Energy Council welcomes Abengoa as Global Partner

The World Energy Council has welcomed Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, as the newest member of its Global Partner programme.

Posted on 16 February 2015

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World Energy Council to host energy ministerial in Johannesburg

African ministers will join energy leaders to address the energy trilemma and regional integration at the Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue

Posted on 10 February 2015

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World Energy Scenarios showcased in new carbon emissions calculator

The World Energy Council’s scenarios are being showcased in a new online tool for counting carbon reductions.

The Global Calculator is an interactive tool for businesses, NGOs and governments to consider the options for cutting carbon emissions and the trade-offs for energy and land use to 2050.

Posted on 30 January 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

World Energy Council to hold World Energy Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi in 2013

New Delhi, India – The World Energy Council (WEC) announces that it will organize the World Energy Leaders’ Summit (WELS) in February 2013. This is the first time the WEC will hold its World Energy Leaders’ Summit in India. The WELS will be held on Wednesday, 6 February 2013 and will be co-hosted by the […]

Posted on 3 August 2012

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Fukushima fallout exacerbated by poor risk assessment and accident response – WEC Japan report

Failure to estimate the level of potential risk and to take in expert advice had exacerbated the severity of and the immediate response to the Fukushima nuclear accident, finds an independent panel of experts. The findings, by the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, were published in July this year by the […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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WEC Portugal seminar: Interconnection capacity needed for competitive deregulated market

Government, regulators, gas and electricity suppliers, and consumer groups gathered at a seminar organized by WEC Portugal in Lisbon last month (10 July) to address the challenges towards a competitive and efficient energy market in the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal and Spain have been operating MIBEL, the Iberian electricity market, and are building a gas market, […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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German experience shows that balancing the energy trilemma is no easy business

In order to achieve an energy transition, policymakers must set the right framework towards a free and efficient electricity market, argues the latest WEC Germany report, “Energy for Germany 2012”, which analyses the risks of a highly regulated and subsidized energy market. The German energy transition is posing unprecedented challenges to the country’s electricity market.  […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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2013 World Energy Congress issues call for papers: leading experts invited to submit on future of energy

SEOUL- LONDON, August 1, 2012 – The Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee of the World Energy Congress issued a call for papers ahead of the world’s top-level meeting of energy experts and professionals, to be held in Korea next year. Submissions are invited from global experts in their respective fields. The selected papers will be presented […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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