Global Electricity Initiative

Project Partner: Deloitte

The World Energy Council (WEC), together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), is taking forward the work of the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) following its successful launch in Durban during COP 17.

GE initiative - finalThe strengthened initiative will identify, collect and analyse the early actions taken worldwide by electricity utilities to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation. Philippe Joubert, the Executive Chair of the GEI, is leading the efforts to create a dialogue and knowledge platform for utilities to help achieve energy access and climate goals.

Philippe Joubert, Executive Chair of the Global Electricity Initiative says: “By bringing in the combined strengths of the WBCSD, GSEP, and WEC, the Global Electricity Initiative has created for the first time a truly global platform for CEOs and corporate leaders at utilities to share their vision and advance their actions. We hope our combined efforts will form a baseline for sustainability performance to which all electricity utilities and policymakers will aspire and adhere.”

Amongst its outputs, the GEI will document best practices to encourage further action in a report to be released in October 2013 during the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea.


Philippe Joubert, Leader of the Global Electricity Initiative

WP_ Philippe_JoubertPhilippe Joubert is the leader of the Global Electricity Initiative partnership with the WEC, WBCSD and GSEP.

He began his career as Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, before holding various positions in Brazilian bank BFB between 1977 to 1982. He moved to the USA to become Commercial Vice-President of Credit Lyonnais USA. Mr Joubert joined Alstom in 1986 as Finance Director of GEC ALSTHOM Mecanica Pesada in Brazil. In 1991 he was appointed President and CEO of GEC ALSTHOM Mecanica Pesada, and became Country President, GEC ALSTHOM Brazil in 1997. Three years later, he was appointed President of Alstom’s Transmission & Distribution Sector and member of the Executive Committee of the Alstom Group. In 2004 he became Executive Vice-President of Alstom, Member of the Executive Committee, and President of Power Systems Sector. He also headed Alstom’s International Network. From March 2009 until 2012, Mr Joubert has been President of the newly formed Alstom Power Sector, resulting from the merger of all activities related to power generation into a single entity. Today, he is special advisor to Alstom’s Chairman and CEO, Patrick Kron.

For further information, contact Elena Nekhaev, Director of Programmes at WEC.

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