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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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Seeking answers to Africa’s energy trilemma

Balanced energy policy and engaged entrepreneurship are essential elements to enabling Africa’s development, says WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei. Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region. Globally, 1.2 billion people – equivalent to India’s population – do […]

Posted on 12 March 2014

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Africa Energy Indaba one step closer to unlocking the continent’s potential

The Africa Energy Indaba concluded last month (18–20 February) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is the WEC’s regular annual African gathering. Africa’s wealth of energy resources and untapped potential was highlighted, as was the need for more enablers that can unlock energy access for the broader population and new markets. Opening the Indaba, South […]

Posted on 7 March 2014

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Inconvenient truth: Current technologies, policies, and innovation are not enough to meet climate goals

Unprecedented uncertainty is leading to short-termism in energy investments, according to the World Energy Council’s World Energy Scenarios report COP-19, Warsaw, Poland, 19 November 2013: The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma over the next four decades, according to […]

Posted on 19 November 2013

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WEC Africa regional event builds energy future for the continent

Africa Energy Indaba 2012, held during 21–23 February in Johannesburg, South Africa, is Africa’s leading energy gathering which aims to facilitate interaction between energy leaders as they work towards a sustainable energy future for the continent. In her opening speech Dipuo Peters, South Africa’s Energy Minister, recognised the importance of the forum and thanked the […]

Posted on 1 March 2012

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Christoph Frei meets with Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

Dr Christoph Frei, the World Energy Council’s Secretary General,  met with Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, on Friday, 10 February at the United Nations headquarters in New York. At the meeting Christoph Frei presented a letter on behalf of WEC Members and Officers formally supporting the UN’s “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All”. He […]

Posted on 12 February 2012

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Rio World Energy Leaders’ Summit

WEC’s third World Energy Leaders’ Summit (WELS) took place in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday 15th of September 2011. Organised in partnership with WEC Brazilian Member Committee and supported by Eletrobras and Petrobras, the event saw Global Energy Leaders engaging in high-level dialogue on the current and emerging issues affecting the energy world under the […]

Posted on 15 September 2011

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Secretary General trip perspective: Canada

Canada has a fascinating and rich story to tell the world about its energy sector. With its enormous diversity of energy resources, and the effective working relation between government and business, energy has emerged, in the past decade, as Canada’s leading sector for export earnings and trade. Energy is clearly a major driver for economic […]

Posted on 18 August 2011

WEC Africa Regional Meeting 2011

WEC Africa Regional Meeting: Johannesburg, South Africa

The WEC African Regional meeting took place at the Sandton Convention Centre of Johannesburg, South Africa, on 28th February 2011. The meeting was hosted by SANEA, WEC MC of South Africa; and chaired by Prof. A. S. Sambo, WEC Vice Chair Africa Region and Chairman of Nigerian National Committee of WEC. The following WEC Member […]

Posted on 28 February 2011

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Closing Ceremony WEC 2010 Declaration – Montréal 2010

Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs les Ministres et Ambassadeurs Mesdames, Messieurs, Chers collègues et ami(e)s, Je suis honoré de vous retrouver pour célébrer la clôture, et l’incontestable succès, de ce 21ème congrès du Conseil Mondial de l’Energie. Il y a quatre jours, Steve Mac Lean et ses collègues astronautes de la base spatiale internationale, nous invitaient […]

Posted on 16 September 2010

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Trade for environmental goods and services

The World Energy Council, through its Task Force on Trade and Investment Rules, has been monitoring the progress in the WTO’s commendable efforts to reduce or eliminate barriers to trade for environmental goods and services, both in the Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTE-SS) and in plurilateral talks. The Doha mandate asks […]

Posted on 14 September 2010

Christoph Frei and Georgina Kessel, Secretary of Energy for Mexico

WEC SG speech in the Cancun Ministerial Session

Speech delivered by Christoph Frei at the 12th International Energy Forum, held in Cancun, Mexico, on 30-31 of March, in conjunction with the 4th International Energy Business Forum. Both events were hosted by the Mexican government. What Maslow would say post-COP15 and in the context of high global energy insecurity We shall strive for global […]

Posted on 31 March 2010

WEC Africa Regional Meeting 2010

WEC Africa Regional Meeting 2010

On 23rd February, SANEA, WEC’S South Africa Committee, hosted a workshop and Africa regional meeting. The workshop focused on the Energy and Climate Policy Assessment and also provided an opportunity to discuss WEC’s other flagship, Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050 as well as topics of importance to the region, including energy equity and poverty, which […]

Posted on 23 February 2010

Pierre Gadonneix at the 2010 Energy and the Environment Roundtable

WEC Indian Member Committee Hosts Energy and the Environment Roundtable

The WEC Indian Member Committee hosted a welcome reception honouring WEC Chairman Pierre Gadonneix on February 1 at the Ashok Hotel in Delhi. The reception was followed by a roundtable discussion the Energy and the Environment. Over 60 WEC-IMC members and other dignitaries were present at the event. Mr. Gadonneix spoke to the assembled audience, […]

Posted on 1 February 2010

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