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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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WEC New Zealand highlights world energy issues

The World Energy Issues Monitor will be a hot topic in New Zealand’s energy discussions this week as the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), the WEC member committee, launches the report nationally. John Carnegie, Secretary of the committee, talks about what’s keeping New Zealand energy leaders awake at night.

Posted on 4 March 2014

WEC Japan, Congress Tokyo, December 2013

WEC Japan celebrates successful Congress in Tokyo

The Japan Energy Association (JEA), the WEC’s Japanese member committee, brought the highlights of the 22nd World Energy Congress in a special gathering in Tokyo last month (6 December 2013). This was the latest such gathering that the Japanese committee holds after every World Energy Congress to update its members about the global energy sector […]

Posted on 16 January 2014

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

Mr Fatih Birol, France, 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Regional Crossroads, "Showcase for Asian green growth"

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

Peter Voser speaking at the World Energy Congress

Korea to play “important” part in global energy market, says Royal Dutch Shell CEO

Energy demand in Asia could more than double in the next 50 years, and a “historic phase” of industrialization and urbanization in Asia’s emerging economies means Korea is well-placed to be an important player, said Peter Voser, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell. “South Korea is an appropriate place to focus on this issue,” he […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

Session Game Changer, "Natural gas markets and geopolitics: A map in transition", Day 2, 2013 World Energy Congress

Shale gas revolution impact may be limited in Asia

Panel participants said on 15 October that shale gas is a significant game changer, particularly in North America, but those in Asia who hope it will transform energy pricing are unlikely to be satisfied because the pace and scale of the shale gas revolution in North America will be difficult to replicate. China has vast […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Regional Crossroads, "Eurasia: Partnerships to unlock its full potential"

Untapped resources in Central Asia promise great rewards and challenges

Central Asia offers vast potential for energy procurement, but challenges lie ahead for the region’s nations as well as the foreign players that are needed to develop energy resources, which could produce around 3% of global energy needs, the World Energy Congress was told on 15 October. The area offers resources that include coal, natural […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Regional Crossroads, "Far Eastern super-grid"

North Korea holds key to East Asian “super-grid”

North Korea remains the biggest issue of uncertainty in shaping a vision for a “super-grid” to integrate power generation and distribution in Northeast Asia, industry leaders said on 15 October. The innovative proposal, still very much in the drawing board stages, would connect the electricity grids of China, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and potentially […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

Zengo Aizawa

Japan remains committed to nuclear even after Fukushima

Nuclear energy remains very much a part of Japan’s energy mix even after the Fukushima accident, said executive vice president and chief nuclear officer of Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) at a session on Monday of the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea. “Japan has limited sources of renewable energy such as wind, solar or hydro,” […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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