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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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Scenarios project moves closer to finish line

The WEC Scenarios Study Group has stepped closer towards finalising the results of the World Energy Scenarios project at a workshop in London earlier this month (3–4 June). The workshop was held to discuss the key assumptions that have been drawn from the many workshops held around the world over the past three years. The […]

Posted on 24 June 2013

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Interview: Hal Turton from PSI on World Energy Scenarios

The World Energy Scenarios study will soon finalise its findings. Hal Turton, from the project’s modelling team at PSI, tells us about the modelling and why the study is important. What is the most exciting thing about the scenarios study, in your view? The WEC scenarios study brings together experts from across the energy industry […]

Posted on 24 June 2013

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Interview: Ori Chandler on the Future Energy Leaders Programme

The World Energy Council has just launched the next phase of its Future Energy Leaders Programme. Ori Chandler, who heads up the programme, tells us what we should expect to see from the programme at the World Energy Congress and beyond. What is the Future Energy Leaders Programme? The Future Energy Leaders Programme, or FELP, is […]

Posted on 17 June 2013

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WEC supports UN SE4ALL global tracking report

The World Energy Council’s formal support of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative reached a major milestone last week with the release of the Global Tracking Framework report at the Vienna Energy Forum, organised by UNIDO, and in London. The WEC is amongst the 15 agencies who compiled the report. The […]

Posted on 6 June 2013

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Interview: Vivien Foster on the UNSE4ALL global tracking report

The Global Tracking Framework report is set to help monitor progress towards the objectives of the UNSE4ALL initiative. The World Bank’s Vivien Foster, who oversaw the compilation of the report, tells us about the key findings and how the WEC’s continued support helps achieve the objectives. What’s the significance of Global Tracking Framework report? In […]

Posted on 6 June 2013

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UNSE4ALL releases first set of global data on energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency

About 1.2 billion people – almost the population of India – don’t have access to electricity, 2.8 billion have to rely on wood or other biomass to cook and heat their homes, renewable energy accounts for 18 percent of the global energy mix, and the largest energy savings and greatest expansion of renewables happened in […]

Posted on 28 May 2013

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WEC insights on energy trade highlighted at WTO and Energy Charter event

The WEC has highlighted the areas where international trade rules for energy goods and services need to be improved at a workshop held last month (29 April) by the World Trade Organization and the Energy Charter in Geneva. At the workshop, Einari Kisel, WEC senior fellow, presented the WEC report, Principles on Rules of Trade […]

Posted on 30 April 2013

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Energy leaders gather for China International Summit ahead of the World Energy Congress

The World Energy Council hosts event in Beijing to assess ambitions of new Chinese government BEIJING & SEOUL – 25 April 2013: The World Energy Council’s China International Summit opens today in Beijing to explore the long-term energy options facing the country’s new government. The one-day closed summit will be one of the most important […]

Posted on 25 April 2013

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WEC intensifies Central and Eastern Europe activities

The WEC is set to intensity its members’ activities in Central and Eastern Europe. At the recent WEC Central and Eastern Europe regional meeting, held in Bucharest during 18–20 March, WEC member committees agreed to establish the regional meeting as a regular gathering, to take place every year. Every second meeting will be held within […]

Posted on 15 April 2013

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Interview: China International Summit

Interview by Monique Tsang The World Energy Council will be holding its China International Summit this month.  WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei explains what participants should expect. Why is the WEC holding this event in China at this time? People are extremely interested in China. China is undergoing a major transformation. It has the world’s fastest growing […]

Posted on 4 April 2013

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