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New energy realities: Gas markets, projects, challenges and role of natural gas in the future

In recent years, the gas market has suffered several changes. The discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that modify this market in depth. At a time of critical transition in the energy sector it is increasingly important for leading players in the gas industry […]

Posted on 21 December 2016

Marine Biotechnology at the heart of Korean green growth strategy

The ocean is an untapped, potentially sustainable source of bioenergy. There are many examples of the production of bio-energy from marine organisms, but the production of biofuel from microalgae presents perhaps the most promising option to harvest this huge energy potential. In Korea, marine biotechnology is currently the focus of Blue Bio 2016, a strategic […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

World Energy Council talks climate change, deepening regional integration & Trump with its new Vice Chair for North America

As we enter  a new year, the World Energy Council talks to  Robert Hanf,  its new Vice Chair for the North American region about his vision for the  next  fives years, how to mobilise bright young future energy leaders, as well as his thoughts on the impact US President-elect Donald J Trump policies may have […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

World Energy Council Secretary General reflects on key highlights of 2016

Dear Member Committees, I wanted to personally thank you for your involvement and for the enthusiasm you put in all activities organised in 2016. This year has been very important and intense for the World Energy Council, and without your support and commitment we would have found it challenging, if not impossible, to accomplish all the […]

Posted on 20 December 2016

World Energy Council brings 7 new realities in energy to COP22 negotiations in Marrakech

As a UN accredited body since 1953, the World Energy Council is recognised as a reliable source of thought leadership and information to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, negotiating teams and stakeholders. To keep the momentum of the World Energy Congress and the Council’s thought leadership on embracing the new […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Future Energy Leaders launch Human Capital taskforce report at 23rd Congress

The energy sector is clearly facing a period of grand transition in the face of potent new challenges and innovative and disruptive technologies.  Oil prices will  continue to drop, fossil fuels will continue to supply more than three-quarters of world energy use in 2040, and natural gas  is expected to grow the fastest impacting on […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Realising Africa’s potential at the 23rd World Energy Congress

With Africa’s rapidly growing population making ever increasing demands for greater energy access it is difficult to overestimate the scale of the challenge facing the continent. But it is also hard to match the sense of optimism and excitement that energy experts express about the opportunities to transform sub-Saharan Africa’s energy footprint in positive and […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

“The discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand”

In Focus magazine, World Energy Council Secretary General Christoph Frei describes the backdrop in which the energy sector is preparing for the new energy realities, for the Grand Transition. According to Frei, the “Discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand” (also see the latest World Energy Scenarios report launched at the […]

Posted on 17 November 2016

Key highlights of the 23rd World Energy Congress available now!

The 23rd World Energy Congress  was an amazing opportunity for member committees to network and gain valuable insights from the many of the key players within the energy sector. The World Energy Congress held in Istanbul between 9 and 13 October provided a unique opportunity to take a complete and global view on pressing and […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

Heads of State address delegates at 23rd World Energy Congress

Four heads of states from some of the world’s largest suppliers of energy, convened to discuss tackling critical energy issues at the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul on 10 October. President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela joined Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of host nation, […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

More than 1000 registered media reported coverage of 23rd World Energy Congress

More than 300 international media outlets including the Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Bloomberg TV, El Pais, Die Spiegel, CNN, Reuters, China Central TV, The National, Xinhua and Anadolu News Agency attended the 23rd World Energy Congress. A number of member committees also brought media delegations with them. As well as CNBC being the official media partner […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

World Energy Council 2016 Executive Assembly gets off to a flying start ahead of 23rd World Energy Congress

More than 40 member committees and a number of delegates convened at the second World Energy Council 2016 Executive Assembly in Istanbul to discuss key global topics and regional energy issues impacting the energy sector. This year’s event took place directly ahead of the 23rd World Energy Congress between 7 and 9 October with the […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

Next generation energised to make a difference

Deep in the cavernous halls of the World Energy Congress, the future of energy was being shaped – quite literally. The ‘future’ refers to the 100 young energy professionals, hand-picked by the WEC’s member committees, to network and gain international experience through the Future Energy Leaders programme. Enthusiasm, drive, and a desire to make a […]

Posted on 9 November 2013

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses World Energy Congress

Promises access to energy for all by 2030 One in five people worldwide lack access to energy World Energy Congress, Daegu, Korea, 17 October 2013: On the closing day of the World Energy Congress, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed his pledge to provide one billion people across the globe access to sustainable energy by […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

Sustainable energy for all: One year later

Providing energy for more than a billion of the world’s poor will need good governance in developing countries and a willingness in developed nations to tolerate increases in greenhouse gas emissions, the World Energy Congress was told on 17 October. “In one petroleum-rich country with a population of 150 million, half the people are off […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

KEPCO plays leading role in “smart grid” innovation

South Korea’s state-owned electricity monopoly, KEPCO, said it will introduce new business models nationwide based on so-called “smart grid” power delivery by 2015. The plan built upon a pilot program on the Korean island of Jeju which concluded this May, a senior company executive told at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 17 October. “Smart grids” […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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