World Energy Congress

The most prestigious and influential event driving energy transitions for a century

A world-class stage to turn inspiration into action

For 100 years, the World Energy Congress has leveraged the collective power of the world energy community to turn inspiration into action. This prestigious and globally recognised flagship event welcomes leaders from all corners of the world as they come together to shape the future of energy. The 26th edition of the Congress welcomes you to Rotterdam from 22-25 April 2024.

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World Energy Congress Experience

Bringing together around 5,000 delegates and 18,000 total attendees, including up to 70 Ministers and 250 C-suite speakers over four days, the World Energy Congress features an industry-defining content programme alongside a world-class exhibition and networking events. The participant experience includes:

  • Interactive dialogues to challenge current thinking and forge new cooperations
  • Impact-focused sessions to inform the energy dialogue and drive the agenda
  • Interviews and fireside chats for visionary and innovative thinking
  • Transformational solutions showcase to share learnings and best practice

Hosting the World Energy Congress

The host of the World Energy Congress shares the Council’s vision to humanise energy and forge new ways forward on global energy transitions. Hosts forge an unparalleled legacy that will continue to drive the energy conversation for the next 100 years. Find out more about the 27th World Energy Congress here, taking place in October 2026.

Rotterdam26th World Energy Congress

In today’s unpredictable, turbulent and fast-shifting world, the 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam will be the most important energy convening of the next decade.  

From 22-25 April 2024 more than 7,000 international energy stakeholders will convene in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This most prestigious and influential global event, hosted at the highest political level, will welcome leaders from all corners of the world as they come together to enable solutions and deliver impact under the theme ‘Redesigning Energy for People and Planet’.

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World EnergyLeaders’ Dialogues

The World Energy Congress hosts Ministerial, CEO and Mayors' Roundtables, part of the World Energy Leaders' Dialogue series. These exclusive gathering for international CEOs, Ministers and city leaders are designed to spark dialogue on the critical energy issues affecting all sectors, industries, societies and the planet, with peer-to-peer exchange that clarify action priorities and realise new opportunities for collaboration.


Future EnergyLeaders' Events

Dedicated Future Energy Leaders' gatherings provide an opportunity to explore critical energy issues, network with peers and learn from high-level speakers, including policymakers, industry leaders and carefully selected energy experts.

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World EnergyCongress History

The origins of the World Energy Congress date back to shortly after the First World War, when visionary Scotsman Daniel Dunlop decided to bring together leading energy experts to discuss current and emerging energy issues. Hosted in cities all over the world, the World Energy Congress has since become a globally recognised and world-class stage for the global energy community.


24th World Energy Congress:Abu Dhabi

At the 24th World Energy Congress - held from 9-12 September 2019 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates - over 18,000 attendees from 146 countries gathered in Abu Dhabi to discuss the future of the energy transition under the theme of Energy for Prosperity.

As the first World Energy Congress to be hosted by a Middle Eastern country, the 24th edition represented a significant milestone. Not only is the region a major energy player, it is also undergoing critical transition efforts to sustainable energy


Past Congresses

For a century, the World Energy Congress has provided a unique space for the global energy community to catalyse new cooperations and forge new pathways in the energy transition

Under the theme of “Embracing New Frontiers”, the 23rd World Energy Congress 23rd World Energy Congress was held in Istanbul, Turkey from 9 –13 October 2016. Co-hosted by the President of Turkey and the World Energy Council, the event welcomed 10,000 delegates from across the energy spectrum to address critical developments in the energy sector.

The 22nd World Energy Congress was held in Daegu, Korea (Rep. of) from 13-17 October 2013. The theme of the Congress was “Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today.” The Congress in Daegu attracted over 7,500 delegates from 123 countries and included more than 50 government ministers.

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The theme of the Montreal Congress “Acting now on global challenges – Energy in transition for a living planet” reflected the undeniable sense of urgency that faced the world’s energy sector. The Congress in Montreal in 2010 attracted over 7,000 delegates from 140 countries and included more than 60 government ministers.

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