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WEC Switzerland discussion platform

The Swiss Energy Council co-organised a conference on 14 June in Berne where the Swiss electrical industry presented electricity scenarios to the country’s policymakers. The study, by the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies and based on hourly simulation of power data, details three electricity scenarios for the country without new nuclear power plants.

Posted on 1 July 2012

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WEC at Rio+20: energy access funding, skills base, and energy efficiency are critical needs

Rethinking the funding model for energy access, boosting skills, and increasing energy efficiency are the most critical issues to be addressed in order for energy to underpin development goals, said the World Energy Council at the Rio+20 meetings during the week of 18 June. Energy was raised high on the Rio+20 agenda through the UN’s […]

Posted on 25 June 2012

Christoph Frei

Interview with Christoph Frei, Secretary General of WEC at Rio+20

Interview by Monique Tsang Christoph Frei joined Pierre Gadonneix and José Antonio Vargas Lleras in representing the WEC at the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) meetings in Rio+20. In an interview, he talks about how the WEC has helped put energy firmly within global development. What was your overall impression of Rio? While there has been […]

Posted on 22 June 2012

FOREN 2012

FOREN 2012: gas and grid infrastructure, market liberalisation high on agenda

More than 700 energy experts and policymakers gathered at the Central and Eastern Europe Energy Forum (FOREN 2012) in Neptun, Romania (17-21 June 2012) to discuss the region’s critical issues. The issues include national and regional energy policies for the security of supply; electricity markets and the regulatory framework; regional policies on fossil fuel resources; […]

Posted on 22 June 2012

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WEC takes part in developing SE4ALL benchmarking report

The World Energy Council (WEC) will be contributing to an upcoming report for the United Nations as part of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative which will kick-start the ongoing monitoring of the initative’s goals beyond 2012. SE4ALL seeks to achieve, by 2030, universal access to modern energy, double the share […]

Posted on 21 June 2012

Bulgarian Energy Day

At the recent Bulgarian Energy Day, some 100 decision-makers from government and the private sector gathered to discuss national energy policies and industry’s response. The conference, organised by WEC Bulgaria and held on 4–5 June, highlighted how Bulgarian energy policies have provided a boost to energy business and investment.  The programme covered the new emissions […]

Posted on 15 June 2012

World Energy Council’s FOREN 2012 to provide ministerial forum to address energy security in Central and Eastern Europe

Over 800 energy experts from government, academia, and industry are expected to gather at FOREN 2012 next week (17–21 June) to address the issue of energy supply security in Central and Eastern Europe. The forum, to take place in Neptun-Olimp, Romania, is the 11th regional energy forum for Central and Eastern Europe organised annually by […]

Posted on 13 June 2012

Economic growth and sustainable energy need ‘strong balance’

WEC chairman Pierre Gadonneix recently called for a “strong balance” between economic recovery and energy sustainability. On 12 June, he said at the International Economic Forum of the Americas that “sustainable growth needs a sustainable energy system.” He told political and business decisionmakers at the Forum that this need is particularly strong given the backdrop […]

Posted on 12 June 2012

WEC New Zealand to strengthen business ties

The WEC’s New Zealand Member Committee, the Energy Federation of New Zealand (EFNZ), is set to further strengthen its ties with the country’s business community. EFNZ is in discussions to partner with BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest advocacy group for enterprise.  BusinessNZ champions policies leading to international competitiveness; balanced employment, economic and environmental legislation; compliance and […]

Posted on 1 June 2012

Jose Antonio Vargas Lleras

Interview with José Antonio Vargas Lleras, WEC’s Vice Chair for Latin America at Rio+20 Summit

José Antonio Vargas Lleras will be representing the WEC at the Rio+20 Summit this month. In an interview, he talks about energy for development, and what Latin America needs. Twenty years on from the first Earth Summit in Rio, how have the world’s development challenges changed? The main result of the 1992 Earth Summit was […]

Posted on 1 June 2012

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