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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

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

World Energy Council welcomes new CEO for SE4All

Rachel Kyte, currently serving as the World Bank Group’s Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, has been appointed the new CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative with effect from 1 January 2016. In welcoming her appointment, Christoph Frei said: “SE4All and The World Energy Council share common goals.  We’re looking […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

Energy Efficiency Technologies Knowledge Network agrees action plan

The Knowledge Network on Energy Efficient Technologies chaired by Dr. Klaus Willnow, recently met to discuss and agree focus areas for the 2016 report. 16 members attended the meeting in London or participated by teleconference. It was agreed that the next report will build on the findings of the last report published two years ago […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

Time of greatest energy uncertainty

In a presentation to insurance company Swiss Re, Christoph Frei talked about his concerns for the future with a warning of dramatic consequences if no action was taken.  The following are extracts from his talk: “The World Energy Council is issuing a warning that we are living in times of great energy uncertainty.  More than […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

How to secure reliable power supplies to mega cities

Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, has been invited by the Japanese Member Committee to lead a study entitled “How to Secure Reliable Power Supply to Mega Cities”. The latest insights on the work were presented at a workshop where around 30 experts from Asian countries gathered. This initiative, which is closely linked with the World […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

Crisis can present opportunities

Speaking at the VIII International Congress Bolivia Gas & Energy 2015, Raul Kieffer, Secretary of the Bolivian Member Committee, said: “We started the Congress with the question of whether the next decade would be a period of crisis or opportunity. At the end of the Congress we concluded that we are facing a great opportunity […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

Beirut Energy Forum: new launches and support for World Energy Congress 2016

The World Energy Council Beirut Energy Forum in September saw a number of official launches including the 2ndNational Energy Efficiency Action of Lebanon, the National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Lebanon and Energy Awareness Awards. The theme of the Forum was ‘The Rising of Sustainable Energy: A Solid Driver for Economy Growth’ and took place […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

Reform tops the agenda in Mexico

Against a background of energy change that is taking place in Mexico in terms of regulatory markets, low carbon economies and resilience strategies, Christoph Frei presented a speech at the VII joint annual congress of the energy sector associations in Acapulco, Mexico in September. In the speech he highlighted issues emerging from the World Energy […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

First South American Energy Forum promotes regional integration

The first South American Energy Forum to promote regional integration projects in Latin America organised by the World Energy Council and the Union of South American Nations with the support of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy took place in Quito in Ecuador in September. The Forum which was opened by the Vice-President of […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

President of Ecuador to address energy leaders during First South American Energy Forum

Over 150 energy leaders from 17 countries, including the President of Ecuador, will attend the first South American Energy Forum. Held in Quito, Ecuador on 10-11 September, the Forum, organised by the World Energy Council and UNASUR with the support of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Ecuador, aims to promote regional integration projects and collaboration in Latin America.

Posted on 10 September 2015

14 New Chairs and 7 New Secretaries across the world

From Latin American Caribbean to Europe, Central Asia to East Asia, the Pacific and South Asia new Chairs and Secretaries of Membership Committees have been appointed. In welcoming the new Chairs and Secretaries, Christoph Frei, Secretary General, said: “With change becoming the single constant factor in the energy world and COP21 approaching in only a […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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