Experiences

The energy world is full of good ideas, but short on impactful experiences that help move the dial towards a successful energy transition

An experience platform for the energy transition

The Council facilites innovative collaboration with our global network of energy leaders and practitioners. Our goal is to deliver shared experiences to bring about creative solutions to long standing challenges and provide a platform enabling the development of unique relationships and business opportunities to accelerate a well managed energy transition. 

We offer interactive Innovation Forums, Webinars and Workshops where participants are asked to become teammates in solving an energy transition topic. Our upcoming Innovation Forum on hydrogen will ask participants to create and compete on whose business case for production and consumption of hydrogen is the most cost effective, technologically feasible and scalable. Shared experiences allow energy leaders to collaborate, challenge assumptions and create innovative solutions. 

FEATURED: Innovation Forum - Power-to-X

17th June 2019, London
Moderated by Angela Wilkinson, Director of Scenarios and Business Insights. The Power-to-X Innovation Forum was organised closely the Council's German Member Committee. The event, hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright, brought together over 50 energy leaders from 10 countries who shared expertise, ideas and concrete proposals to mainstream P2X as an enabler of decarbonisation. Read more here.

FEATURED: Workshop - Gulf Regional Energy Scenarios

30th to 31st October 2018, United Arab Emirates
Moderated by Angela Wilkinson, Director Scenarios and Business Insights. The workshop organised by the World Energy Council with support of UAE Member Committee.

This invitation-only workshop convened an exceptional group of regional energy leaders and experts in a process of strategic knowledge exchange which promotes open discussion of energy transition challenges, shifts in consumer behaviour and new innovation opportunities.

This workshop contributed to building a set of regionally focused energy scenarios to 2040 and new insights about innovation game changers emerging within and beyond the energy system. The new regional scenarios and innovation insights will be featured as a key element of the 24th World Energy Congress, which will take place in Abu-Dhabi in 2019. Read more here.


Recent Experiences

Workshop - Cyber Workshops

8th April 2019, Chatham House, London
Moderated by Martin Young, Director of Policy and Risk. This event was a proof of concept for a series of workshops exploring cybersecurity crafted by the Council’s Policy and Risk Insights Team. The success and positive reception of this pilot workshop will contribute to the design of a program that will eventually be rolled out across the Council’s Community. Read more here.
 
Chatham House rules apply.

Workshop - Nuclear Workshop

18th March 2019, London
Moderated by Anastasia Belostoskaya, Senior Manger of Scenartios. The Nuclear Foresight Workshop was organised with the support of the World Nuclear Association with over 20 experts joining in a discussion on the future of Nuclear energy. Read more here.
Objectives:
  • Facilitate strategic knowledge exchange on key challenges and disruptions coming from nuclear and beyond
  • Identify key drivers of change that will be shaping energy system and nuclear development by 2040
  • Explore new and emerging narratives for nuclear and develop elements of plausible pathways to 2040 for nuclear in each of the Council’s scenarios

Workshop - Global Foresight Refresh workshop, in partnership with Accenture

April 4th, 5th 2019, London
Moderated by Angela Wilkinson, Senior Director of Scenarios and Business Insights and was held in partnership with Accenture Strategy, this Workshop represents a milestone in the Council’s strategic initiative to refresh its global foresight and support energy leaders in defining and driving a successful energy transition. Read more here.
Objectives:
  • Promote knowledge exchange on main drivers of change, what is inevitable and what is uncertain in future developments to 2040
  • Clarify plausible energy future in 2040 and build global stories within each of the Council’s archetypes – Modern Jazz, Unfinished Symphony and Hard Rock
  • Contrast and enrich global scenarios with qualitative indicators and metrics
  • Explore the role of energy innovations
Carrying over the focus from previous forums, the workshop aimed at updating scenarios, building global stories to 2040 and exploring different opportunities for disruptive innovations.

Workshop - European Energy Scenarios Workshop

6th and 7th September 2018, France
Moderated by Angela Wilkinson, Director of Scenarios and Business Insights. This invitation-only workshop convened an exceptional group of regional energy leaders and experts in a process of strategic knowledge exchange promoting open discussion of energy transition challenges, shifts in consumer behaviour and new innovation opportunities.
 
This workshop contributed to building a set of regionally focused energy scenarios to 2040 and new insights about innovation game changers emerging within and beyond the energy system. The new regional scenarios and innovation insights will be featured as a key element of the 24th World Energy Congress, which will take place in Abu-Dhabi in 2019. Read more here.

Workshop - European Energy Scenarios Workshop

26th February 2019, Estonia
Moderated by Angela Wilkinson, Director of Scenarios and Business Insights. The European energy scenarios workshop will tookplace  in Tallinn, Estonia, supported by Estonian Member Committee. The workshop is a next step in a process of developing European energy scenarios with ‘innovation twist’ that the Council initiated in 2018. It will focus on enhancing further regional narratives to 2040, contrasting storylines with modelling indicators and metrics, and further exploring the role of disruptive innovation in accelerating energy transition. The output of the workshop will be a next draft of the narratives that will be quantified by our modelling partner The Paul Scherrer Institute. The regional set of scenarios will be featured at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

Webinar - Energy Infrastructure: Affordability Enabler of Decarbonisation Constraint?

22nd July 2019, London

Moderated by Marzia Zafar, director of Issues Monitor and Innovations. Part of the Innovation Forum series, this Experience built upon and debated on the findings of the Innovation Insights Brief: "Energy Infrastructure: Affordability Enabler of Decarbonisation Constraint?"

Speakers:
  • Michael Webber, Chief Science & Technology Officer, Engie

  • Jacqueline Vaessen, General Manager, NexStep

  • Hassen Bali, Co-founder, Ion Ventures

  • Dave Hardie, Director of Liability, Alberta Energy Regulator

The webinar started with a poll asking attendees where they saw the biggest repurposing opportunities for existing energy infrastructure – gas pipelines and oil fields for storage both received 45% of votes and offshore oil platforms 10%. The questions ranged from repurposing opportunities companies are currently pursuing to the role of government and investors in this space. The webinar ended with a second poll asking attendees whether they thought an energy infrastructure action plan is needed – 97% of the attendees responded that there is a need. Read more here


Webinar - Hydrogen: Hype or hope?

June 26th 2019, London
Moderated by Marzia Zafar, director of Issues Monitor and Innovations, and Pauline Blanc, Energy Transition Insights Manager. This Experience is a follow up to the Innovation Insights Brief: "Hydrogen: Hype or Hope" and part of the Innovation Forum series.
Speakers:
  • Nigel Brandon, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Craig Knight, Director of Industrial Solutions, Horizon Fuel Cell Technology
  • Dan Sadler, H21 Project Manager for Equinor
During the webinar, the experts answered a series of policy, technical and safety questions from the audience. The webinar started with a poll to get a sense of which sectors attendees saw hydrogen playing a key role in 2040 – 77% chose industrial processes, 54% mobility and 31% power generation. The questions ranged from the opportunities and limitations of blending hydrogen with natural gas to safety concerns surrounding hydrogen. Read more here

Innovation Forum - Blockchain

27th November 2018, London.
Moderated by Jon Creyts, Managing Director at the Rocky Mountains Institute. The Blockchain Innovation Forum was hosted by Shell and based on a report produced in collaboration between the Council and PwC to explore the viability and challenges of blockchain through the lens of creators, regulators and those in between. Read more here.

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