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2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session Bottom Line, "Energy efficiency: How to fulfil the potential"

Energy efficiency key to future

Energy efficiency can be a major contributor to the world achieving its energy needs, said Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Discussing its goal that half of energy can come from “negawatts,” or energy efficient savings, she said “It’s not just about low hanging fruits, we have to climb […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session What does it take?, "Energy access: Steps to progress"

Energy access requires unprecedented scale of efforts

Despite some gains in the past 20 years, almost 1.2 billion people worldwide – close to the population of India – still do not have access to electricity, the World Energy Congress was told on 17 October. From 1990 to 2010, the gains in electricity access have stayed “slightly” ahead of population growth over the […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

Mr Jose Luis Aburto, Mexico, 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session What does it take?, "Renewables: Making the business case for distributed energy"

Renewable energy a solution for both developed and developing nations

Governments across the globe are still innovating ways to incorporate renewables into their national energy mix. This process presents challenges for both developed and developing economies. Perhaps the biggest question for poor countries remains how to make new technologies affordable for citizens, many of whom live on $1 a day. And for wealthy nations, such […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session Regional Crossroads, "An energy infrastructure road map for Africa"

An energy infrastructure road map for Africa

Although sub-Saharan Africa is well endowed with fossil fuels and renewable resources, they are largely untapped due to institutional and infrastructural barriers to efficient use, the World Energy Congress was told on 17 October. The region’s limited ability to improve its energy system and related services significantly affects social and economic development, as seen in […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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The utilities industry needs to adapt to a “decentralized” system

The rise of new technologies in “smart energy” and customer behavioral changes is reshaping the utility industry, posing a possible threat to the centralized utility model, the World Energy Congress heard on 17 October. Instead, the utilities business may be moving towards a decentralized energy system, which can put power sources closer to the consumer, […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session Bottom Line, "Waste to energy: Valuing the dirty job"

Waste should be viewed as a resource

Waste is not only dirty, but waste management is affected by archaic regulations, corruption, a lack of transparency, and misperceptions. But the paradox is that waste may have the potential to be the most sustainable energy resource, according to experts who discussed the issue at the World Energy Congress on 17 October. The average individual […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session What does it take?, "Mega projects: Socio-environmental license to operate"

Doing well on megaprojects by doing good

Mega projects that ignore social and environmental impacts almost always end up costing more than those that pay attention to the needs of local communities, the World Energy Congress was told on 17 October. “70 to 75% of delays on major projects are caused by social and environmental issues, not because of technical failures,” said […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

Ms Leena Srivastava, India, Closing session, "Today's energy: Are we at a tipping point? - Redefining resilience", Day 4, 2013 World Energy Congress

Energy leaders: New thinking, more participation needed for tomorrow’s challenges

The world needs to revamp much of its thinking to meet the energy challenges of the 21st century, industry experts said on 17 October at the closing plenary session of the World Energy Congress. From fostering new energy sources to structuring the best mix of public and private incentives to curb carbon emissions, the discussion […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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Energy Ministers: active government policy, investment key to solving “Energy Trilemma”

Energy ministers from China, Russia, and Canada said on Wednesday that proactive government policies and robust investment are key pillars in ensuring a steady supply of energy amid soaring global demand, while dealing with the “energy trilemma” of security, sustainability and access. Wang Yumin, Vice Administrator of China’s National Energy Administration, Russian Energy Minister Alexander […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Governments and industry should cooperate to solve energy trilemma, say experts

With growing energy demand in Asia and coming challenges in the global market, industry and governments need to work together to find solutions to tackle the “energy trilemma” of energy equity, energy security, and environmental sustainability, said panelists at the opening session of the World Energy Congress on Wednesday. “There is a lot of common ground between industry and […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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