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WEC at Rio+20: energy access funding, skills base, and energy efficiency are critical needs

Rethinking the funding model for energy access, boosting skills, and increasing energy efficiency are the most critical issues to be addressed in order for energy to underpin development goals, said the World Energy Council at the Rio+20 meetings during the week of 18 June. Energy was raised high on the Rio+20 agenda through the UN’s […]

Posted on 25 June 2012

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Interview with Christoph Frei, Secretary General of WEC at Rio+20

Interview by Monique Tsang Christoph Frei joined Pierre Gadonneix and José Antonio Vargas Lleras in representing the WEC at the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) meetings in Rio+20. In an interview, he talks about how the WEC has helped put energy firmly within global development. What was your overall impression of Rio? While there has been […]

Posted on 22 June 2012

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FOREN 2012: gas and grid infrastructure, market liberalisation high on agenda

More than 700 energy experts and policymakers gathered at the Central and Eastern Europe Energy Forum (FOREN 2012) in Neptun, Romania (17-21 June 2012) to discuss the region’s critical issues. The issues include national and regional energy policies for the security of supply; electricity markets and the regulatory framework; regional policies on fossil fuel resources; […]

Posted on 22 June 2012

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WEC takes part in developing SE4ALL benchmarking report

The World Energy Council (WEC) will be contributing to an upcoming report for the United Nations as part of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative which will kick-start the ongoing monitoring of the initative’s goals beyond 2012. SE4ALL seeks to achieve, by 2030, universal access to modern energy, double the share […]

Posted on 21 June 2012

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Economic growth and sustainable energy need ‘strong balance’

WEC chairman Pierre Gadonneix recently called for a “strong balance” between economic recovery and energy sustainability. On 12 June, he said at the International Economic Forum of the Americas that “sustainable growth needs a sustainable energy system.” He told political and business decisionmakers at the Forum that this need is particularly strong given the backdrop […]

Posted on 12 June 2012

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Interview with José Antonio Vargas Lleras, WEC’s Vice Chair for Latin America at Rio+20 Summit

José Antonio Vargas Lleras will be representing the WEC at the Rio+20 Summit this month. In an interview, he talks about energy for development, and what Latin America needs. Twenty years on from the first Earth Summit in Rio, how have the world’s development challenges changed? The main result of the 1992 Earth Summit was […]

Posted on 1 June 2012

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SE Europe Energy Dialogue could help ‘strengthen efforts’ in creation of regional market

The 6th South East European Energy Dialogue was held in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 30–31 May with the WEC as an organising partner with the Institute of Energy for South-east Europe (IENE). The conference resulted in the preparation of a set of conclusions and recommendations for policymakers and the business communities in the 11 countries of […]

Posted on 31 May 2012

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Power plant performance and interconnection: crucial for African energy access

In a gathering of energy decisionmakers in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 28-30 May, the WEC highlighted the potential for improvements in power plant performance to create economic and social dividends. It also emphasised the crucial role of transmission infrastructure for African electrification. At the 17th Congress of the Union of Producers, Transporters, and Distributors of Electric […]

Posted on 30 May 2012

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WEC lays out building blocks of energy security at African Presidential Roundtable

A visionary strategy will enable full stakeholder adherence, more engaged and farsighted leadership, and stronger government commitment towards sustainable energy policies and frameworks, which are some of the basics needed for achieving energy security for Africa, the WEC told the recent African Presidential Roundtable 2012, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 23–25 May. Dr Latsoucabé […]

Posted on 25 May 2012

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Aspiring energy leaders look for the ‘big spark’ at WEC Turkey youth workshop

Twenty-five aspiring energy leaders from nine countries and four world regions attended a workshop organised by WEC Turkey’s Youth Programme held on 18-20 May 2012 in Ankara. At the workshop, delegates learnt about energy policymaking through dialogues focusing on specific topics. They discussed the impacts of the recent Middle East developments and the financial and […]

Posted on 20 May 2012

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