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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

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, bottom line session "Renewables: Is the honeymoon over?"

Future of renewables debated at the Daegu 2013 Congress

After almost a decade of growth, renewable energy is under immense pressure now – to the extent that UK policymakers are reportedly seek to put the lid on the renewables movement in order to shift resources to fracking. Subsidies have been the main drivers of both development of and investment in renewables, but economic instability […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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Global decarbonization starts with innovations in transport technology

The number of cars worldwide is expected to double to 2.6 billion vehicles by 2050. With that will inevitably come a rise in CO2 emissions. To avert this increase in atmospheric pollution, governments and the automotive industry must find ways to decarbonize the transportation sector. New technologies can help cut transport emissions, which now account for […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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WEC Chair says 2050 CO2 emission targets will not be met without international collaboration

Pierre Gadonneix, the World Energy Council Chair, issued an urgent appeal on 14 October for international cooperation in developing carbon capture, the technology needed to prevent CO2 escaping into the atmosphere to cause climate change. “This problem is too big for any single nation to solve by itself,” said Gadonneix. “There is no way we […]

Posted on 14 October 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

Flags of member nations flying at UN headquarters. The WEC will release its 2013 World Energy Trilemma report as the UN holds its General Assembly. Photo: UN Photo/Joao Araujo Pinto

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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