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World Energy Council to host ministerial summit in Cartagena with the President of Colombia

More than 20 ministers will gather in Colombia in October to discuss the energy trilemma and Latin American energy issues

Posted on 23 September 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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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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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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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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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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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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Interview with Mark Robson before the 2012 Policy Assessment report

What’s new in this year’s Assessment? The 2012 report will be the third annual Assessment of Country Energy and Climate Policies that we have worked on. We’re very excited about it because of two new developments.  This year’s report is based on in-depth interviews with senior energy industry executives. It also contains an enhanced Energy […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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Christoph Frei: carbon and gas prices pose key market uncertainties

The future of carbon pricing poses the greatest uncertainty for energy investors in the next 5–10 years, according to WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei. The current lack of a carbon price is “the single biggest reason for people ending up with stranded investment,” Frei told diplomats and energy analysts at the Global Energy Security Conference, […]

Posted on 23 July 2012

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New project charts 100 years of WEC history

In 1923, Daniel Dunlop, a Scottish visionary working in the British electricity industry, decided to gather leading energy experts at a conference to discuss how they would rebuild the electricity grid after the First World War. Dunlop began working with countries around the world to establish national committees to encourage attendance and input at such […]

Posted on 15 July 2012

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WEC at Rio+20: energy access funding, skills base, and energy efficiency are critical needs

Rethinking the funding model for energy access, boosting skills, and increasing energy efficiency are the most critical issues to be addressed in order for energy to underpin development goals, said the World Energy Council at the Rio+20 meetings during the week of 18 June. Energy was raised high on the Rio+20 agenda through the UN’s […]

Posted on 25 June 2012

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Interview with Christoph Frei, Secretary General of WEC at Rio+20

Interview by Monique Tsang Christoph Frei joined Pierre Gadonneix and José Antonio Vargas Lleras in representing the WEC at the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) meetings in Rio+20. In an interview, he talks about how the WEC has helped put energy firmly within global development. What was your overall impression of Rio? While there has been […]

Posted on 22 June 2012

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FOREN 2012: gas and grid infrastructure, market liberalisation high on agenda

More than 700 energy experts and policymakers gathered at the Central and Eastern Europe Energy Forum (FOREN 2012) in Neptun, Romania (17-21 June 2012) to discuss the region’s critical issues. The issues include national and regional energy policies for the security of supply; electricity markets and the regulatory framework; regional policies on fossil fuel resources; […]

Posted on 22 June 2012

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WEC takes part in developing SE4ALL benchmarking report

The World Energy Council (WEC) will be contributing to an upcoming report for the United Nations as part of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative which will kick-start the ongoing monitoring of the initative’s goals beyond 2012. SE4ALL seeks to achieve, by 2030, universal access to modern energy, double the share […]

Posted on 21 June 2012

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Economic growth and sustainable energy need ‘strong balance’

WEC chairman Pierre Gadonneix recently called for a “strong balance” between economic recovery and energy sustainability. On 12 June, he said at the International Economic Forum of the Americas that “sustainable growth needs a sustainable energy system.” He told political and business decisionmakers at the Forum that this need is particularly strong given the backdrop […]

Posted on 12 June 2012

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