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UNFCCC Executive Secretary welcomes energy community messages to Paris negotiations

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomes the World Energy Council’s messages to COP21 in a video address to the global energy leaders’ community during the Council’s Executive Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 29th October 2015. Read the script: UNFCCC C.Figueres welcomes World Energy Council’s messages […]

Posted on 29 October 2015

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The World Energy Council’s call to the 21st Conference of Parties

Urgent action requires solidarity beyond dogmatism. The World Energy Council, representing over 3000 organisations from governments, private and state companies, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders, is calling for a clear pathway from Paris that will end the growing uncertainty that has cast a shadow over the energy sector for many decades. The energy community urgently […]

Posted on 29 October 2015

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Across the world comment on ‘The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risks’ report

The latest Perspectives Report ‘The road to resilience –managing and financing extreme weather risks’, launched at the G20 meeting in Istanbul, the German Energy Day and the North American Forum, is adding value say members. Support to move from ‘Fail-Safe’ systems that only look at single assets to ‘Safe-Fail’ systems that are able to combat the […]

Posted on 21 October 2015

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2nd WEC Baltic Sea Roundtable Discussions

World Energy Council member committees from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia who surround the Baltic Sea gathered in Tallinn for the 2nd annual WEC Baltic Sea Roundtable. They met to discuss the most topical issues for the energy sector, namely regional energy security and the competitiveness of European energy-intensive economy. The 2nd WEC […]

Posted on 21 October 2015

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New Global Gas Centre: World Energy Council working with leading companies welcomes its newest member Gazprom

St Petersburg 6 October 2015: Gazprom is the latest member to join the new Global Gas Centre officially launched at the St Petersburg International Gas Forum. The Centre has been established to bring together senior leaders in the sector in order to provide a better understanding of the role that natural gas plays in the energy […]

Posted on 6 October 2015

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22nd World Energy Congress reflects concerns about shifting energy agenda

The significant interest in last month’s World Energy Congress reflected global concerns about today’s shifting energy agenda.

Posted on 11 November 2013

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What are the energy realities? Challenging the myths, defining the future

The World Energy Council (WEC) has called for policymakers and industry leaders to “get real” as the WEC exposed the myths informing the energy debate and defined a path to a more sustainable energy future at the 22nd World Energy Congress. The WEC warned that several prevailing myths are severely hampering the efforts of governments, industry […]

Posted on 10 November 2013


WEC brings Congress outcomes to UN climate negotiations

The World Energy Council will be bringing the findings of its studies and the deliberations of its 2013 World Energy Congress to the UNFCCC’s climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland this month. Presentation of its studies and programmes will focus on the World Energy Trilemma, World Energy Scenarios, and the Global Electricity Initiative, all of […]

Posted on 9 November 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session Bottom Line, "Energy efficiency: How to fulfil the potential"

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

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session What does it take?, "Energy access: Steps to progress"

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

Mr Jose Luis Aburto, Mexico, 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session What does it take?, "Renewables: Making the business case for distributed energy"

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

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