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Marie-José Nadeau addresses 23rd World Energy Congress in closing speech

“Dear colleagues, dear friends, “World Energy Congress 2016 is coming to an end and with it my three-year term as Chair of the wonderful organisation that is the World Energy Council. “Before handing over to David Kim, who will chair the Council over the next three years, allow me to end with some reflections on […]

Posted on 13 October 2016


New World Energy Council Chair gives inaugural speech

 “Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: “At the outset, I want to thank the Turkish government for hosting the 2016 World Energy Congress. “In particular, we are indebted to President Recép Tayyíp Érdogan, Prime Minister Bin Áli Yildirím, and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berát Albáyrak for their outstanding support for the Congress. “I […]

Posted on 13 October 2016


Public-private cooperation key as African renewable power projects scale up

Of the two-thirds of people in Africa without access to power, 80% live outside urban centres. A mix of off-grid renewable power instalments could be the key to electrifying rural Africa with consumers buying power locally and paying via their mobile phone.

Posted on 13 October 2016


Interconnection and a clear legal framework: key to achieving African electrification

Africa has abundant and diverse energy resources from hydrocarbons to renewables. This wealth is unevenly distributed and is often underdeveloped. Promoting regional energy integration through interconnection projects must be part of the way forward to realise untapped potential.

Posted on 13 October 2016


Benchmarking helps balance energy trilemma priorities

Index results show that policy choices and a regime supporting a robust energy sector are critical to lasting energy trilemma performance, regardless of a country’s resources or geographic location, and that the policies and investments needed to balance the trilemma will take time and be disruptive.

Posted on 13 October 2016


EU must move away from coal to meet COP21 goals

“In order to reach Europe’s climate targets, there is no other way than phasing out coal as a source of energy. Two-thirds of coal-fired plants will have to be shut down by 2030,” said Patrick Graichen, Executive Director, Agora Energiewende in Germany.

Posted on 13 October 2016


Innovative technology is the key to clean technology

Innovations in energy storage are the most critical technological challenge for the industry. This was the consensus at the World Energy Congress session on that sought to identify the priorities to delivering future energy needs. Fluctuations in supply, especially wind and solar, as well as inefficient storage technology is a key issue that also needs addressing.

Posted on 13 October 2016


Off-grid solutions essential to Africa’s energy future

Many African’s live in rural areas unconnected to energy infrastructure. Therefore, finding ways to bring power outside the grid is an important focus of energy policy and a key business opportunity.

Posted on 13 October 2016


New technology and geopolitical challenges herald new era of gas in Europe

World Energy Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, 12 October 2016: While globally natural gas is the only fossil fuel with substantial growth prospects, the European outlook will be shaped by new geopolitical and technological realities. Future demand will likely be driven by chemicals feedstock and heavy duty transport, the energy leaders discussing the sustainability of European Gas […]

Posted on 12 October 2016


Europe’s great contribution to the energy transition

The World Energy Council’s 2016 Energy Trilemma Index, which ranks countries based on three core dimensions: energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability, was topped by Denmark,Switzerland, Sweden, The Netherlands and Germany.

Posted on 12 October 2016


Moving ahead with global energy governance

Cleary said. “We have plans for energy accessibility but we have to plan for population [movement] as well. What sort of technologies makes sense in terms of energy accessibility in rural areas, consistent with what we understand from energy transfer?”

Posted on 12 October 2016


Trade agreements vital to meeting Paris goals

Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, CEO, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: “We need changes in the current frameworks we have for trade. For wind energy, we use 2,000 components that will change borders several times. If you have tariffs, the system is more difficult.”

Posted on 12 October 2016

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