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Energy transition: a tale of two countries

Japan and Germany have much in common in their energy situations, as participants from a recent WEC member event heard. The WEC’s Japanese member committee heard an analysis of the German energy transition in a talk by Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, WEC Chair of World Energy Resources and a German energy expert, in Tokyo on 24 […]

Posted on 3 April 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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Africa Energy Indaba one step closer to unlocking the continent’s potential

The Africa Energy Indaba concluded last month (18–20 February) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is the WEC’s regular annual African gathering. Africa’s wealth of energy resources and untapped potential was highlighted, as was the need for more enablers that can unlock energy access for the broader population and new markets. Opening the Indaba, South […]

Posted on 7 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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Wrong to leave energy issues only to the market

“It would be wrong to leave energy issues only to the market,” said Robert Kleiburg, COO of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). Speaking at the RD&D session of the World Energy Congress on 14 October, Kleiburg explained that the close relationship between energy and politics as well as the large social impact […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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Latin America and the Caribbean: Blessed with resources, overwhelmed by choice?

Latin America is a fossil fuel-rich region with strong oil and gas reserves and a great potential for the exploitation of renewable energy sources, in particular large hydropower projects. But the region’s energy wealth is unevenly distributed and has enormous untapped potential, said panel moderator José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Vice Chair of Latin American and the […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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UAE Minister comments on energy future

Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Gao Jifan, Chairman & CEO of the China-based Trina Solar, commented on the changing conditions of the world energy sector in a session summing up the discussions on 14 October at the Daegu 2013 Congress. “We recognize that change is […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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Better communication and more government support needed to curb climate change

The world faces a multitude of climate change scenarios that threaten to disrupt the lives of billions of people while causing havoc in markets across the globe, delegates were told at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 14 October. These environmental challenges will inevitably affect the way we procure and consume energy. Experts evaluated the risk of […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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World Energy Council issues official statement ahead of 22nd World Energy Congress

 WEC calls for policymakers and industry leaders to “get real” as the global energy body exposes the myths informing the energy debate and defines a path to a more sustainable energy future. DAEGU, KOREA, SUNDAY OCTOBER 13, 2013: As the 2013 World Energy Congress gets underway in Daegu, Korea, the World Energy Council (WEC) warned […]

Posted on 13 October 2013

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2013 World Energy Congress in pictures

2013 World Energy Congress, Daegu, Korea Catch up on the highlights of the 5 days of the Congress here. Download high-resolution photos by clicking on each photo. Sunday, 13 October – Opening Ceremony Monday, 14 October – Visions and Scenarios for the Future Tuesday, 15 October – Identifying the Business Opportunities: Resources and Technologies Wednesday, […]

Posted on 13 October 2013

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WEC launches 2013 Trilemma report as UN holds General Assembly

The World Energy Council is launching its 2013 World Energy Trilemma report with the annual Energy Sustainability Index this week. The global launch starts in Washington, DC, at a panel discussion organised by the United States Energy Association (USEA), the WEC’s US member committee, today, 24 September. Joan MacNaughton CB, Executive Chair of the report, […]

Posted on 19 September 2013

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Interview: Dr François Moisan from ADEME on energy efficiency

How is the world doing on energy efficiency? The new edition of the WEC Energy Efficiency Policies report will have the latest. Dr François Moisan, from project partner ADEME, gives a preview. What’s new in the 2013 Energy Efficiency Policies report? The 2013 edition of the energy efficiency report shows that energy intensity at world level has […]

Posted on 23 August 2013

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Interview: Mark Robson from Oliver Wyman on the 2013 World Energy Trilemma

The 2013 World Energy Trilemma report will be released in advance of the World Energy Congress. Mark Robson from project partner Oliver Wyman talks about the study and what we shall see in this year’s report. What is unique about the World Energy Trilemma report? It’s the only report that we’re aware of that addresses […]

Posted on 31 July 2013

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Interview: Jan-Peter Schwartz from Siemens about the ‘Road to Daegu’

The World Energy Congress is already providing a springboard for global businesses to engage with their customers and other key audiences. Jan-Peter Schwartz tells us how his company Siemens is using the Congress to spark dialogues and generate new ideas around the world. What is Siemens doing in the run-up to the Congress? Since the […]

Posted on 24 July 2013

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