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World Energy Council to launch 2017 Issues Monitor

The World Energy Council will be officially launching the 2017 World Energy Issues Monitor in Washington on 6 April, followed by  further presentations at regional events being held. The 2017 Issues Monitor finds that industry leaders remain most concerned by commodity prices and associated volatility. The ‘new normal’ for economic growth is perceived with greater […]

Posted on 16 March 2017

Etihad Aviation Group to support World Energy Congress

The Organising Committee of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi has announced the support of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) in the delivery of the 2019 Congress. The agreement appoints Hala Abu Dhabi as the Official Travel & Destination Partner alongside Etihad Airways as the Official Airline for the World Energy Council’s 24th World […]

Posted on 16 March 2017

Could the potential for Blockchain technology change the world?

As a consequence of growing digitalisation and decentralisation in the energy sector of industrialised economies, blockchain applications are becoming more and more visible and are gaining momentum in the utilities industry. The future market is set to be a two-way system made up of billions of interacting endpoints: everything from smart plugs, smart meters, solar […]

Posted on 13 March 2017

European Commission Directorate General for Energy explores World Energy Council global Scenarios

After the World Energy Congress in Istanbul, the World Energy Council’s 2016 Global Scenarios have attracted a wide range of interest within the energy industry and among policymakers. The Directorate General for Energy (DG) of the European Commission was keen to explore the World Energy Scenarios. In particular, to discuss the implications of the Global […]

Posted on 13 March 2017

UAE signs crucial 24th World Energy Congress project management contract

His Excellency Eng Suhail Al Mazrouei, United  Arab  Emirates Minister of Energy and Chair of the Council’s UAE national member committee, recently signed the project management office (PMO) contract with Energy Events Experts, to support the work of the committee and ensure the smooth delivery of the 24th World Energy Congress to be held in […]

Posted on 21 February 2017

Young energy professional lands dream job after completing Future Energy Leader’s programme

The World Energy Council’s French Future Energy Leaders’ programme (FELS) provided Bianka Shoai-Tehrani the opportunity to land her dream job, as a researcher at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Kyoto, Japan. Thanks to connections made through the FEL programme, Bianka’s successful interview during the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, resulted […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

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

WEC to gather sector leaders at summit co-hosted by Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

Amid growing uncertainties in the energy sector of eastern and central Asia, the World Energy Council (WEC) will be hosting closed talks with more than 60 senior energy figures including ministers and company CEOs at its World Energy Leaders’ Summit, to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, next week (21-22 May). The Summit will be co-hosted […]

Posted on 14 May 2014

WEC Europe: Implementation of new EU energy policy needs careful consideration

The WEC’s European member countries discussed the EU’s new energy policy with the European Commission at the WEC’s 3rd European Energy Forum in Paris on 24–25 April.

Posted on 4 May 2014

Looking ahead to the WEC North America Region Energy Forum

The WEC’s 2014 North America Region Energy Forum will take place this June in Calgary. Graham Campbell from Energy Council of Canada, the WEC national committee who’s organising the event, tells us what’s in store for participants. What is the idea behind the event? The North America Region Energy Forum is a unique opportunity to […]

Posted on 24 April 2014

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

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

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

Interview: Philippe Joubert, Executive Chairman, Global Electricity Initiative (GEI)

The Global Electricity Initiative will be holding talks with the leaders of African utilities at the Indaba. Philippe Joubert, GEI Executive Chair, tells us the latest about the programme. What does the GEI aim to do in Johannesburg? Africa is an important region for the GEI.  For Africa, the problem has certainly been providing access […]

Posted on 18 February 2014

Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue to put spotlight on shale gas, electricity access

Following the success of the inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue in Abu Dhabi last month, the event will move to Johannesburg, South Africa this month.

Posted on 5 February 2014

World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue held in Abu Dhabi

The World Energy Council held its inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue (WELD) in Abu Dhabi last week (21 January). Opening the event, His Excellency Suhail Al Mazourei, UAE energy minister, commented on how renewable energy is becoming a viable solution even for countries rich in fossil fuels. In his address, he explained that in the […]

Posted on 28 January 2014

World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue to start in Abu Dhabi

The WEC will be holding its inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue next Tuesday (21 January) in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. The event will be co-hosted by H. E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy, and Marie-José Nadeau, WEC Chair. The WEC expects that its Dialogue events will provide a more frequent, regionally focused […]

Posted on 17 January 2014

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