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Combined Heat and Power has an important role in Poland

The World Energy Council Polish Member Committee, supported by the former Polish Ministry of Economy, now the Ministry of Energy, recently held a conference entitled: ‘Role of combined heat and power (CHP) in Polish Energy Policy to 2050’. Henryk Majchrzak, President of the Polish Member Committee, said: “The high-efficiency of CHP means that it can make […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

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India: Electric power systems must be more flexible

The latest findings of the World Energy Council Renewable Energy Sources Systems Integration, RES,  report were presented at a workshop organised by the Indian member committee with support from World Energy Council Global Partner CESI SpA, Italy, in New Delhi in December 2015. The meeting was attended by nearly 100 senior executives that included Shri P […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

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Chair calls for speed, focus and results to reduce the risks posed by climate change

Following on from the opening addresses given by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ms Nadeau said:
The Paris Agreement is only a starting point for governments and the energy industry. It will not stabilise the climate, but the collective efforts of 195 countries who have published their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, INDCs, will go a long way.

Posted on 28 January 2016

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Over 600 energy leaders gathering at 2016 Africa Energy Indaba

he 2015 World Energy Council Year for Africa culminated at the World Energy Council Executive Assembly and the World Energy Leaders’ Summit in Addis Ababa. Now, the discussion moves to the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual regional event to be held on 16 -17 February.

Posted on 28 January 2016

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Arup latest World Energy Council partner for Scenarios study

The World Energy Council and Arup have recently signed an agreement on the global engineering firm becoming a Project Supporter for the World Energy Scenarios flagship study with a special focus on urban innovation. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, said: “Arup will be providing associated perspectives and analysis on a selection of resources areas […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

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Future Energy Leaders community growing in 2015

Five new nationally based Future Energy Leaders groups were formed in 2015 in Austria, Egypt, New Zealand, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, with one in development in South Africa. Pirjo Jantunen, FEL Chair, said: “I welcome all the new national FEL groups to our community which will complement our global FEL-100s and look forward to meeting everyone at the […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

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Spanish meeting focuses on Atlantic basin and global energy governance

This year the theme of the annual Spanish member committee conference in Madrid was “Governing Energy: the Atlantic Basin and Global Institutions”.  It brought together almost 400 attendees and 25 national and international speakers including Alberto Nadal, Spanish Secretary of State for Energy.  Discussions focussed on energy flows in the Atlantic Basin, the governance of […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

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Seoul Energy Symposium calls for faster energy alliance progress

At the World Energy Council International Energy Symposium in Korea, where around 170 energy leaders from government, public authorities, research institutions and the industry met, there was a call to move forward the establishment of an alliance of expertise to meet the objectives of the Eurasian Energy Integration project. The ultimate need for establishing an […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

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Gas supply security : a challenge for Europe?

Addressing the French member committee in Paris, Jean-Marie Dauger, Chair Strategy and Communications Committee, talked about the future of gas supplies in Europe saying: “Natural gas will remain a key component of the energy balance for many decades because of the abundance of reserves and the role it plays in replacing coal. “Whilst Europe shows […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

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Welcome to our newest patron

The World Energy Council has welcomed its latest Patron, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Masdar Initiative. The Masdar Initiative is the UAE’s flagship entity whose aim is to advance the clean energy industry in Abu Dhabi and around the world, and be a catalyst for the economic diversification of the Emirates. The Patron agreement was celebrated […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

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World Energy Council Welcomes Paris Agreement

Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, said: “We welcome the agreement in Paris and that we have a vision for the future. Now, the challenge is to turn words into measurable actions at both national and regional levels and to close the remaining ambition gap. “For the energy sector, this will require […]

Posted on 15 December 2015

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North American region and the global stage

Marie José Nadeau opened the 2015 North America Regional Energy Forum in October in Washington, DC. where she and the Regional Vice Chair for North America, Dean Oskvig, President and CEO of Black & Veatch Energy, both spoke to the theme “World Energy Council on the Global Stage:  How Does North America Fit In?”. Additional themes […]

Posted on 26 November 2015

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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

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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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Energy-water-food nexus would benefit from education initiatives

“We are fiddling, whilst Rome is burning” said Jason Drew, CEO of AgriProtein, in discussing the sustainability of the energy-water-food nexus. Drew, whose company feeds biological waste to fly larvae to produce a sustainable source of protein for use in industrial agricultural processes, said “the industrial revolution is over and the sustainable revolution has begun,” […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Two years after Fukushima: Is the nuclear renaissance over?

“After Fukushima, nuclear reactors were closed down for political reasons but none were shut down because of regulatory reasons,” said Luis Echavarri, Director General OECD Nuclear Energy Agency referring to a regulatory review conducted by OECD in wake of Fukushima accident. “To have a nuclear program, a country needs social and political support.” He explained […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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