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Resilient energy needs smarter not just stronger solutions: Safe-Fail not Fail-Safe

New approaches are required for the management and financing of energy infrastructures as companies and governments seek to meet the challenges of increased extreme weather risks. New thinking is needed says the latest report from the World Energy Council, ‘The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risks’.

Posted on 30 September 2015

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World Energy Council welcomes energy inclusion in UN Sustainable Development Goals

As world leaders gather for the UN General Assembly to formally adopt new Sustainable Development Goals, the World Energy Council welcomes the inclusion of the energy goal: ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’.
Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the Council said: “The adoption of energy among sustainable development goals is timely, critical and historic. […]”

Posted on 25 September 2015


Future Energy Leaders active in Latin America

Francisco José Galtieri, a project leader and consultant in the oil and gas industry in Argentina, talks to Inside about what motivated him to take an active part in FEL-100 activities.  Why did you become a FEL? I joined the FEL community as it seemed an opportunity for a young professional to broaden his knowledge […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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Time of greatest energy uncertainty

In a presentation to insurance company Swiss Re, Christoph Frei talked about his concerns for the future with a warning of dramatic consequences if no action was taken.  The following are extracts from his talk: “The World Energy Council is issuing a warning that we are living in times of great energy uncertainty.  More than […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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How to secure reliable power supplies to mega cities

Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, has been invited by the Japanese Member Committee to lead a study entitled “How to Secure Reliable Power Supply to Mega Cities”. The latest insights on the work were presented at a workshop where around 30 experts from Asian countries gathered. This initiative, which is closely linked with the World […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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Reform tops the agenda in Mexico

Against a background of energy change that is taking place in Mexico in terms of regulatory markets, low carbon economies and resilience strategies, Christoph Frei presented a speech at the VII joint annual congress of the energy sector associations in Acapulco, Mexico in September. In the speech he highlighted issues emerging from the World Energy […]

Posted on 23 September 2015


First South American Energy Forum promotes regional integration

The first South American Energy Forum to promote regional integration projects in Latin America organised by the World Energy Council and the Union of South American Nations with the support of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy took place in Quito in Ecuador in September. The Forum which was opened by the Vice-President of […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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World Energy Academy Programme Update

Since the launch in Argentina in 2014 of the first World Energy Academy programme designed to provide national level training programmes, countries from every region have expressed their support of the initiative. Almost 20 countries, such as Estonia and Lebanon are planning to shortly set up Academies, with nine countries saying they will set up […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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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


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


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

Mr Jason Drew, 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 3, Session Game Changer, "Energy-water-food nexus"

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


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

Mr Jorge Montepeque, Session What does it take?, "Oil price discovery: The impact of emerging regional energy markets", Day 3, 2013 World Energy Congress

Transparency is becoming a major issue for the global oil market

Political and public interest in the oil markets remains high, with concerns that oil prices are subject to manipulation, even though recent academic studies suggest that oil prices are driven primarily by the fundamentals of supply and demand, delegates at the Daegu 2013 Congress were told on 16 October. Shifts in global and regional oil […]

Posted on 16 October 2013


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

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