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UNFCCC Executive Secretary welcomes energy community messages to Paris negotiations

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomes the World Energy Council’s messages to COP21 in a video address to the global energy leaders’ community during the Council’s Executive Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 29th October 2015. Read the script: UNFCCC C.Figueres welcomes World Energy Council’s messages […]

Posted on 29 October 2015

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The World Energy Council’s call to the 21st Conference of Parties

Urgent action requires solidarity beyond dogmatism. The World Energy Council, representing over 3000 organisations from governments, private and state companies, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders, is calling for a clear pathway from Paris that will end the growing uncertainty that has cast a shadow over the energy sector for many decades. The energy community urgently […]

Posted on 29 October 2015

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Across the world comment on ‘The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risks’ report

The latest Perspectives Report ‘The road to resilience –managing and financing extreme weather risks’, launched at the G20 meeting in Istanbul, the German Energy Day and the North American Forum, is adding value say members. Support to move from ‘Fail-Safe’ systems that only look at single assets to ‘Safe-Fail’ systems that are able to combat the […]

Posted on 21 October 2015

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2nd WEC Baltic Sea Roundtable Discussions

World Energy Council member committees from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia who surround the Baltic Sea gathered in Tallinn for the 2nd annual WEC Baltic Sea Roundtable. They met to discuss the most topical issues for the energy sector, namely regional energy security and the competitiveness of European energy-intensive economy. The 2nd WEC […]

Posted on 21 October 2015

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New Global Gas Centre: World Energy Council working with leading companies welcomes its newest member Gazprom

St Petersburg 6 October 2015: Gazprom is the latest member to join the new Global Gas Centre officially launched at the St Petersburg International Gas Forum. The Centre has been established to bring together senior leaders in the sector in order to provide a better understanding of the role that natural gas plays in the energy […]

Posted on 6 October 2015


Is a common European energy market just a pipe dream?

Europe is at the forefront of moving from a nation-based energy system to a regional one. The integration of electric and gas networks is planned for 2014, but recent policy shifts by EU member states have cast doubt about the reality of achieving this goal. Many questions remain how these nations can overcome their different political and […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Regional Crossroads, "Focus Russia: Key policy innovations and international cooperation in a transformed energy world"

Russia sees closer energy ties with Asia

Forces transforming the energy industry are full of opportunities and challenges for Russia, according to senior officials who spoke at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 16 October. Alexander Novak, Russian Minister of Energy, said “We have lots of natural gas and we don’t see a necessity in producing shale gas,” but added that “We’ll look […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Game Changer, "Climate negotiations: How to bridge the three gaps?"

Climate negotiations are urgent priority

Although governments will draft a Universal Climate Agreement next year with plans to adopt it in 2015, “a global agreement is not going to be possible unless enough local, national action and legislation occur,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said on 16 October. So far 30 to 40 countries have climate legislation, but […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Bottom Line, "Biofuel: Beyond fuel in the tank"

Biofuels remain a contentious energy source

Controversy remains over the future of biofuel in the global energy mix. During a panel session at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 16 October, experts could not agree on the environmental sustainability and long-term economic viability of the biofuel industry. The Leader of the WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, Samantha Smith, stated that “We […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session What does it take?, "National energy policy: Achieving a triple 'A' score"

WEC rankings offer a guideline for environmental sustainability

The WEC’s Energy Sustainability Index serves as a benchmark for nations in implementing their energy policies. The World Energy Council has graded 129 countries with A through D scores based on three criteria reflecting the “Energy Trilemma”: security, equity, and environmental sustainability. Only 5 countries received the highest score, the AAA. For developed countries, achieving a […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Regional Crossroads, "MENA: Serving a triple agenda - International supply, local energy growth, and need for job creation"

Imbalances plague world’s richest energy region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the world’s richest area in terms of fossil fuels faces serious obstacles to directing its resources to the people who need them the most, the World Energy Congress was told on 16 October. Even though the area boasts 57% of the world’s known oil and gas reserves, it […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Korea’s “green growth” story reveals possibilities, challenges for Asia

Many Asian countries have integrated the concept of green growth into their national visions or strategies to cope with rising energy demand, delegates at the Daegu 2013 Congress were told on 16 October. South Korea’s “green economy” offers an example for the rest of Asia of how to reduce the region’s dependence on coal. Korea adopted […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

Igor Sechin, Russia, 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Closing session, "Special addresses"

Rosneft CEO lays out Russia’s enormous prospects for meeting global energy demands

Energy concerns in emerging economies are “skyrocketing” and global energy consumption is on the rise, requiring creative solutions and technological know-how, said Igor Sechin, CEO of the Russian government-owned oil company Rosneft. Russia is in an excellent position to help meet the world’s energy demands, thanks to its rich energy resources, open and stable political […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Closing session, "Ministerial dialogue: Energy in Transition"

The dilemma over the trilemma

Whether governments should subsidize energy costs for the world’s poorest consumers emerged as a point of heated debate at the World Energy Congress during the closing plenary session for 16 October as government ministers discussed how countries should coordinate energy policies to achieve the triple goals of security, sustainability, and equity in energy policy. Ministerial […]

Posted on 16 October 2013


South Korean President promotes international energy cooperation

South Korean President Park Geun Hye told WEC Daegu 2013 on Wednesday that international cooperation is needed to meet global energy challenges, while a “creative energy economy” should be promoted in which Korea can play a leading role. “As the World Energy Council points out, the Energy Trilemma, the trade-offs between energy security, social equity […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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