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World Energy Council talks to its new Vice Chair for Africa

The World Energy Council talks to its new Vice Chair for Africa, Dr Elham Ibrahim, on the future for energy in Africa, the many exciting  initiatives under implementation in the region, and mobilising future female energy leaders into the sector. How do you see your role as AU Commissioner and Vice Chair for the Council’s […]

Posted on 14 March 2017

Energy Futures: The Middle East and Regional Energy Transitions

The Spanish Committee of the World Energy Council (CECME), held  its annual meeting, Energy Futures: The Middle East and Regional Energy Transitions, organised by the Spanish Energy Club (ENERCLUB), with the collaboration of the Royal Institute Elcano and the sponsorship of Cepsa. Pedro Miró, Vice President and CEO of Cepsa, indicated that the Spanish energy […]

Posted on 16 October 2018

Young energy professionals explore France’s energy challenges at Model European Union

More than 100 young people participated in the first edition of the Model European Union (MEU) in Paris, held at the National Assembly under the high patronage of the President of the National Assembly François de Rugy, now Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, on 4 to 7 September. In the plenary session opened by […]

Posted on 16 October 2018

Blockchain in Energy: Evolution or revolution?

Transformative disruption within the energy system from energy blockchain is only achievable if there are new regulatory frameworks and a willingness for consumers to engage, finds a new paper presented at World Energy Week in Milan today. Through a series of 39 interviews with key global leaders across the energy sector, regulators and think tanks […]

Posted on 11 October 2018

Global energy leaders convene in Milan at World Energy Week

The World Energy Council is excited to officially kick-off World Energy Week in Milan today where innovation, new technologies, blockchain technology, green finance, integration and sustainability of energy systems, will all be high on the agenda. Hosted by the Council’s Italian member committee, the week-long programme will offer a wide range of events and networking […]

Posted on 8 October 2018

Electricity is the new oil

Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council discusses the impact of digitalisation on the future of the energy system and argues that electricity is the new oil. The one thing above everything else that is keeping energy leaders awake at night is the impact of digitalisation on the future of the energy […]

Posted on 1 October 2018

Council plays central role at Blockchain Live

The Council played a central role at Blockchain Live 2018 which brought together leading energy, utility and commodity providers, with Marzia Zafar, Director for Innovation and Issues Monitor, chairing the Energy Forum. The Forum, one of nine keynote sessions at the event, explored how blockchain, as a key pillar technology of the 4th industrial revolution, […]

Posted on 1 October 2018

Oil and gas in the global energy transition

More than 70 participants from Europe, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and the United States convened at the 7th European Energy Forum in Paris recently, to explore the evolution of the oil and gas industries in a context of low carbon transition. The forum also addressed the long-term impacts of the policies on the strategies of national […]

Posted on 31 August 2018

Energy for Germany – facts, perspectives and positions in a global context

Approximately 95 percent of emissions in the EU-28 transport sector result from road traffic, and its emissions are currently rising. The World Energy Council emphasises the international dimension and need for cooperation at a European and global level. The reduction of greenhouse gases is such a global challenge that national targets and strategies alone are […]

Posted on 31 July 2018

Central and Eastern Europe in the Era of the new energy transition

As the global energy sector enters a new era, how can it adapt to continuously changing geopolitical, economic, technological and social conditions? The energy transition poses serious questions, challenges and opportunities for countries, industries, professionals and academics in central and Eastern Europe. In reponse to this, the Romanian National Committee of the World Energy Council […]

Posted on 28 June 2018

Spanish member committee presents 2018 Energy and Geostrategy publication

The fifth edition of the 2018 Energy and Geostrategy publication was presented at an event held at the Repsol Campus. The new edition covers the central theme of the challenges and opportunities in governing climate change to implement the Paris Agreement. It also focuses on geopolitics in four key areas: India, Russia, Turkey, and the […]

Posted on 15 June 2018

Energy Transition- Roles and Values

On 13-14 of April, the Hungarian Young Professionals in Energy (HYPE) together with Future Energy Leaders (FEL) Romania, a programme developed by the Romania National Committee, organised the second FEL-100 Workshop: “Energy Transition – Roles and values”, hosted once again by the World Energy Council in Budapest. Einari Kisel – World Energy Council Regional Manager […]

Posted on 1 June 2018

Meet Ben Britton, Co-founder of 2018 SET Award winning Start-UP

Fresh from the exciting events at Berlin Energy Week, we spoke with Benjamin Britton, Co-founder of Ionomr, one of the six successful finalists at this years’ Start-Up Energy Transition Awards, organised by Dena, the German energy Agency, in partnership with the Council. Ionomr manufactures AEMION, a next-gen ion-exchange membrane. It was founded in 2015 as […]

Posted on 1 June 2018

Enabling the Energy Transition with blockchain

A new survey highlights shifting priorities in the energy sector with an accelerating transition towards digitailisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation. On a global scale, innovative technologies such as electric storage, renewable energies and market design are impacting top action priorities for energy leaders globally in 2018. Blockchain technology is ranked high in impact and uncertainty within […]

Posted on 23 May 2018

Christoph Frei explores the global energy transition ahead of 2018 Issues Monitor launch

The World Energy Council has recently published its annual World Energy Issues Monitor, which identifies stress points affecting the global energy transition.  Dena, the German Energy Agency,  took the opportunity to talk with the Council’s Secretary General, Christoph Frei, about the topics that are most important to us regarding the transformation of the energy system. […]

Posted on 23 May 2018

Enabling the Energy Transition with Blockchain

A new survey highlights shifting priorities in the energy sector with an accelerating transition towards digitailisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation. On a global scale, innovative technologies such as electric storage, renewable energies and market design are impacting top action priorities for energy leaders globally in 2018. Blockchain technology is ranked high in impact and uncertainty within […]

Posted on 22 May 2018

Mexican research centers join forces to promote innovations in energy

Leonardo Beltrán, Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition, Mexico, gave an overview of the work and mission of the Centers for Energy Innovation (CEMIE), at an exclusive breakfast meeting organised by the Mexican member committee of the World Energy Council. The centers (CEMIEs) established under the present government, are groups of public or private […]

Posted on 14 May 2018

Diversifying and complementing Colombia’s energy basket

The Colombian member committee of the Council and SER Colombia, Renewable Energy Association, convened the second international meeting on renewable energies, in the city of Barranquilla,  4- 5 April. Regulatory advances for the use of non-conventional renewable energy sources (FNCER) and their integration into the country’s electricity system was high on the agenda. The challeneges […]

Posted on 30 April 2018

Austrian young professionals and Climate & Energy Fund cooperate to boost innovative technologies

  Young Energy Professionals kicked-off their the first network meeting between the Austrian member committe of the Council and the Climate & Energy Fund,  since entering a cooperation agreement in 2017. The Climate & Energy Fund, was set up by the Austrian government in 2007 with the aim of developing  new, innovative methods of climate […]

Posted on 26 March 2018

Meet our new talented FEL Board

The Council was excited to appoint new members to its Future Energy Leaders’ Board comprised of young energy professionals from diverse nationalities, earlier this month. The Board’s priorities will be to pursue the FEL-100 mission and execute its core strategies by fostering a valued community of exceptional young energy professionals from around the world. This […]

Posted on 21 February 2018

Austrian young professionals and Climate & Energy Fund cooperate to boost innovative technologies

Young Energy Professionals kicked-off their the first network meeting between the Austrian member committe of the Council and the Climate & Energy Fund,  since entering a cooperation agreement in 2017. The Climate & Energy Fund, was set up by the Austrian government in 2007 with the aim of developing  new, innovative methods of climate protection […]

Posted on 7 February 2018

Small to medium reactors crucial to the future of nuclear

Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer of the World Energy Council, presented the Council’s Nuclear power projections at a workshop organised by the US Information Administration’s (EIA) office of Electricity, Coal, Nuclear and Renewable analysis (ECNR). In his presentation, which focused on the main findings of the Council’s 2016 World Energy Resources report, Dr Schiffer stated that beyond […]

Posted on 25 January 2018

Challenges and actions for the Japanese energy industry

Deregulation and depopulation are critical emerging issues facing the Japanese energy industry in addition to the impact of new trends such as decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation. In light of this, the Japan Energy Association, the Council’s Japanese member committee, invited five key energy players to deliver presentations at their annual meeting under the theme ‘Challenges […]

Posted on 24 January 2018

Hydrogen is key to unlocking the full offshore wind potential of the North Sea

The North Sea will play a crucial role in the energy transition of North West Europe, once again, according to a new report by the Netherlands member committee of the World Energy Council. The call for clean energy in Europe is increasing, and the North Sea will be crucial in the search for efficient routes […]

Posted on 19 January 2018

Dr Gheorghe Balan reflects on his time as General Executive of the Council’s Romanian member committee

As Dr Gheorghe Balan’s time as the General Executive of the Romanian member committee came to an end in 2017,  he reflects on key highlights of his time in charge, the impact the Romanian member committee has had on the energy sector, in addition to key activities and new initiatives developed under his tenure. Dr […]

Posted on 15 January 2018

The potential for Blockchain Technology in the energy sector

The Council has produced a new white paper on the developing role of blockchain, drawing from interviews with companies and organisations actively involved in blockchain projects in the energy industry from the US, Europe, China, Japan and New Zealand. The paper developed in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) looks at the potential of blockchain technology for […]

Posted on 15 December 2017

World Energy Council Chair, Younghoon David Kim, addresses 2017 international energy symposium

World Energy Council  Chair,  Younghoon David Kim, addressed delegates at the  2017 International energy Symposium, organised by the Korean member committee of the Council. “As I begin, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Korea Member Committee of the World Energy Council for all their preparations for today’s symposium. “If one attends […]

Posted on 29 November 2017

French member committee resumes La Revue de l’Énergie

One of France’s most respected energy journals has been resumed, after ceasing publication in 2016, thanks to the commitment of the Conseil Français de l’Énergie, the French member committee of the Council. For nearly seventy years, it has been one of the forums for debate on energy issues in France and globally,  connecting the academic, […]

Posted on 29 November 2017

Christoph Frei explores decarbonising the energy sector ahead of COP23

Is there a model for how national governments can create the right set of sustainable energy policies? There is no doubt that the energy sector worldwide is undergoing a dramatic transition in which governments are playing their part. Many attribute this transition to the need to prevent, or at least plan for the potential impact […]

Posted on 29 November 2017

The Council talks to Rudy Ramirez Chair of the Dominican Republic member committee

As the Dominican Republic (DR) joined the Council as our 96th, member committee in August, we talked to its Chair, Rudy Manuel Ramirez Perez, about the recent extreme weather events affecting the Latin America and Caribbean region, the transitioning electricity sector within the republic, as well his immediate priorities for the committee. Rudy graduated in […]

Posted on 29 November 2017

The Council presents to energy leaders at Hydropower Development 2017

Since 1980, total global electricity generation deriving from hydropower, has more than doubled with a strong upward trend over the last thirteen years. Hydropower has been and is still one of the most important CO2-free source for electricity generation globally. Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, Chair of the Council’s Resources study group, presented at the Hydropower Development […]

Posted on 31 October 2017

Trends and innovations in Austria’s energy future

Austria’s energy industry will see many new challenges in the future in the face of both national and global unstoppable emerging disruptive trends impacting the sector. In this context, the Council’s Austrian Young Energy Professionals recently presented the results of their working group 2 paper, ‘Austria Energy Future: Trends and innovations’, at an energy forum […]

Posted on 31 October 2017

Global energy leaders drive debate on critical issues at Demex 2017

Key energy players convened at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit as the Dialogues for the Future of Energy Mexico 2017 (DEMEX), organised by Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER). High-level speakers drawing from nearly 100 Ministers and CEOs from across the world including Rainer Baake, Germany’s State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, Li Yong, Director […]

Posted on 12 September 2017

Ghana inspires young energy experts to become leaders of tomorrow

Ghana officially launched its national chapter of the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ programme and welcomed ambitious young professionals interested in energy from Corporate institutions, government and Universities in an effort to join the scheme. The launch of the programme under the theme, ‘Building the capacity of young energy experts to think out of […]

Posted on 30 August 2017

India examines US strategies for integrating wind and solar

India plans to deploy unprecedented levels of renewable energy (RE) on its power grid – 175 GW installed capacity of renewable energy  by 2022, up from 43 GW currently. India’s Nationally Determined Contributions extends this ambition to 40% non-fossil fuels-based electricity generation capacity by 2030. This will greatly reduce the economy’s carbon intensity and strengthen […]

Posted on 17 August 2017

Next steps in New Zealand’s energy transition

New Zealand is a leader in the integration of renewables in the electricity sector with around 80% and around 40% as a share of total energy. The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) hosted an exclusive member-only round-table in Wellington, to explore implications of the Council’s World Energy Scenarios to 2060 report for the country. Discussions focused […]

Posted on 17 August 2017

Strategic foresight expert joins World Energy Council

The OECD’s former Head of Strategic Foresight, Angela Wilkinson,  joins the World Energy Council as Senior Director for the Council’s World Energy Scenarios portfolio. Angela Wilkinson is joining the World Energy Council to further strengthen the Council’s Scenarios capability, working with Ged Davis, Executive Chair of the Council’s Scenarios flagship study. As the former Head of […]

Posted on 24 July 2017

Connecting Future Energy Leaders

The 2nd conference of the European Energy Students Network (ESSN) held in Berlin on 20 May, supported by the German Member committee of the World Energy Council, convened more than 100 young energy professionals and students from 12 countries in Europe, to explore future developments within the energy sector. In a panel discussion on nurturing […]

Posted on 21 July 2017

Mighty microbes for the energy revolution

At the World Energy Council’s Asia Regional meeting event hosted by the Korean member committee, Shigeru Muraki, Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia, noted that natural gas will continue to increase its share in the energy mix, increasing its role in distributed energy systems, as energy systems witnesses a shift from centralised to […]

Posted on 17 July 2017

Multiple pathways to Clean Energy: Canada’s Western Provinces

To advance the dialogue on the emerging energy-related opportunities and issues related to the transformation to clean energy, the Energy Council of Canada, the World Energy Council’s Canadian member committee, together with its member organisations from the public and private sectors across the region, held a conference on the theme Multiple Pathways to Clean Energy […]

Posted on 17 July 2017

Training for South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration

Despite the tremendous benefits of regional cooperation, the region lags significantly behind most, if not all, regions of the world in energy trade and regional integration. Limited cross-border transmission interconnections and cross-border trading transactions are taking place only between India and Bhutan, India and Bangladesh and to a lesser extent between India and Nepal. Following […]

Posted on 17 July 2017

To coincide with G20 Hamburg, Christoph Frei explains why innovation policies are key to driving progress on the Energy Trilemma goals

To coincide with G20 Hamburg, Christoph Frei explains …

Posted on 13 July 2017

Unlocking the energy potential of the North Sea

A study published by the Netherlands member committee of the World Energy Council shows that the North Sea has a key role to play in unlocking value across all dimensions of the energy trilemma – reliability, affordability and sustainability. An initial high-level assessment shows an untapped value of €103 billion across four value pools combined […]

Posted on 4 July 2017

Vietnam becomes the Council’s newest direct member

The World Energy Council is pleased to welcome the Vietnam Green Energy Network (VGEN) as its  newest direct member, bringing the number of direct members to three. With 94 member committees, the Council now has a presence in 97 countries. David Kim, Chair of the World Energy Council, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Vietnam […]

Posted on 21 June 2017

Hydrocarbon geopolitics occupies prominent place in Energía 2017 report

In a fast-changing and complex geopolitical environment it is hard to forecast the evolution of the global geopolitical energy framework, both in the short and long-term. Nevertheless, both the geopolitical and energy agendas have become significantly more connected regarding the supply and price of hydrocarbons, over the past year. In this context, the Spanish Committee […]

Posted on 20 June 2017

Tanzanian representatives examine reverse power auctions in Brazil

Tanzania has 1,591 MW of installed grid generation capacity and approximately 76 MW in mini-grid systems to serve its population of over 51 million people. While these numbers are continuously increasing, electricity production meets less than 15 percent of the demand per year and only 30 percent of the population is connected to the grid. […]

Posted on 7 June 2017

Energy Efficiency: A Straight Path Towards Sustainability in Mexico

Energy efficiency continues to improve all over the world but despite the significant advances, much more can and should be done to improve the efficiency of energy production and use. Francois Moisan, leader of the World Energy Council’s Knowledge Network on Energy Efficiency, along with Didier Bosseboeuf of the French Environment and  Energy Management Agency, […]

Posted on 23 May 2017

Towards a cleaner society – A boilerplate for transition?

Tallinn, Estonia – According to the European Commission, the transport sector represents almost 25% of Europe’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. GHG emissions from the transport sector have more than doubled since 1970. The European Union has set the target to reduce CO2 emissions from transport […]

Posted on 23 May 2017

Leveraging the Trilemma: the promise of integrated electrification planning

As part of this years United Nations Sustainable Energy For All (UNSEforAll) Forum, the World Energy Council hosted a Partner Session on ‘leveraging the trilemma | the promise of integrated electrification planning.’ The UNSEforAll event on 2 April was one of a series of Energy Trilemma events that the World Energy Council is organising this […]

Posted on 27 April 2017

Young energy professional lands dream job after completing Future Energy Leader’s programme

The World Energy Council’s French Future Energy Leaders’ programme (FELS) provided Bianka Shoai-Tehrani the opportunity to land her dream job, as a researcher at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Kyoto, Japan. Thanks to connections made through the FEL programme, Bianka’s successful interview during the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, resulted […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

The political economy of energy prices

Over recent years, energy prices have played a key role in the development of political events. Oil price volatility has created winners and losers both at national and international level, as well as altering the balance of political economy at a national level and impacting on regional geopolitics.  What actions should governments undertake in order […]

Posted on 6 December 2016

Future energy markets: The grand transition of Estonian energy policy

The World Energy Council and some of Estonia’s and Nordic key energy players convened to discuss what the future holds for global, European, and Estonian energy policy in the face of rapid innovation and other new realities facing the energy sector. Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, opened the conference with an overview […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Experts exchange best practices on renewable energy integration as part of Power Africa initiative

Senegal is actively pursuing reform policies in the energy sector with a strong focus on promoting renewable energy. Senegal aims to achieve the electrification rate of 50% in rural areas, 96% urban areas, and 70% of national level by 2017. Current energy policy is reflected in the Lettre de Développement du Secteur de l’Energie, a […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Future Energy Leaders launch Human Capital taskforce report at 23rd Congress

The energy sector is clearly facing a period of grand transition in the face of potent new challenges and innovative and disruptive technologies.  Oil prices will  continue to drop, fossil fuels will continue to supply more than three-quarters of world energy use in 2040, and natural gas  is expected to grow the fastest impacting on […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Realising Africa’s potential at the 23rd World Energy Congress

With Africa’s rapidly growing population making ever increasing demands for greater energy access it is difficult to overestimate the scale of the challenge facing the continent. But it is also hard to match the sense of optimism and excitement that energy experts express about the opportunities to transform sub-Saharan Africa’s energy footprint in positive and […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Comparing US and German approaches to energy transformation: by Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, Executive Chair, World Energy Resources, World Energy Council

Germany has to cover 70 % of its energy needs by imports. The only domestic energy resources, Germany produces are lignite and renewables.  In contrast the US will probably be a net energy exporter within the next ten years. The power sector is evolving rapidly.  Renewable energy is expanding as a share of electricity generation […]

Posted on 14 March 2017

Enhancing energy access and sustainable development in Nigeria

The vast expansion in energy services dominated by fossil fuel-based technologies, which has underpinned rapid industrial development, sustained world economic growth and vast improvement in human well-being in the last century, has come at a high environmental cost to Nigeria. In a one-day National Workshop on ‘Enhanced Energy Access for Sustainable Development of the Built […]

Posted on 13 March 2017

Could the potential for Blockchain technology change the world?

As a consequence of growing digitalisation and decentralisation in the energy sector of industrialised economies, blockchain applications are becoming more and more visible and are gaining momentum in the utilities industry. The future market is set to be a two-way system made up of billions of interacting endpoints: everything from smart plugs, smart meters, solar […]

Posted on 13 March 2017

European Commission Directorate General for Energy explores World Energy Council global Scenarios

After the World Energy Congress in Istanbul, the World Energy Council’s 2016 Global Scenarios have attracted a wide range of interest within the energy industry and among policymakers. The Directorate General for Energy (DG) of the European Commission was keen to explore the World Energy Scenarios. In particular, to discuss the implications of the Global […]

Posted on 13 March 2017

Investment is the key to unlocking Africa’s untapped potential

Leading figures within the African energy scene convened at the 9th Annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, to discuss how best to unlock investment to develop an energy infrastructure road map for Africa. The World Energy Council held a number of high-level ministerial meetings as part of the Indaba in […]

Posted on 23 February 2017

Insights from Davos from David Kim, Chair of the World Energy Council

Younghoon David Kim, Chairman from the World Energy Council attended the 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos-Klosters, Geneva, on 17-20 January 2017 under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”. The event aimed to foster world leaders’ collective responses and credible actions in the context of “an emerging multipolar world”, similar to those trends […]

Posted on 22 February 2017

Latin America convenes to explore resilience to cyber and extreme weather risks

Over the past few years, energy leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have faced a number of difficulties such as oil price volatility and extreme weather events, with the energy-water-food nexus considered a critical uncertainty issue for many countries in the region. Latin America is currently behind its European and North American counterparts […]

Posted on 21 February 2017

UAE signs crucial 24th World Energy Congress project management contract

His Excellency Eng Suhail Al Mazrouei, United  Arab  Emirates Minister of Energy and Chair of the Council’s UAE national member committee, recently signed the project management office (PMO) contract with Energy Events Experts, to support the work of the committee and ensure the smooth delivery of the 24th World Energy Congress to be held in […]

Posted on 21 February 2017

Investment is the key to unlocking Africa’s untapped potential

2017’s highly anticipated Africa Energy Indaba, kicked off on 20 February in Johannesburg. Key energy leaders and professionals are sharing their knowledge and expertise and best practice with who come together to seek solutions for Africa’s energy future.

Posted on 20 February 2017

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