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Latin America plays central role in the energy transition

In addition to launches of two of the World Energy Council’s newest member committees – Panama and the Dominican Republic in August, Latin America and the Caribbean has been playing a central role in the energy sector as the region undergoes a major transformation. The Council’s Secretary General, Dr Christoph Frei and Vice Chair of […]

Posted on 29 September 2017

Future Energy Leaders contribute to Astana EXPO 2017 Manifesto

The Council’s young energy professionals had an amazing opportunity to drive dialogue at the Future Energy Forum, a series of 12 thematic conferences, organised in the framework of EXPO 2017. The theme of this year’s exhibition, held in Astana, Kazakhstan, earlier this month, was ‘Future Energy’. The focus of the Future Energy Forum was the […]

Posted on 28 September 2017

Dominican Republic officially joins the Council as it seeks to diversify its energy mix

  The Council welcomed the Dominican Republic as its 96th member committee, while promoting diversification in the country’s energy mix, at  launch event held at the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (Intec), last month. During the ceremony, World Energy Council, Secretary General, Dr Christoph Frei, highlighted the challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector and […]

Posted on 28 September 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

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

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 launches new Rules of Trade report at APEC

A new report by the world Energy Council addressing the need to tackle non-tariff measures was launched at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Market Access Group meeting in Lima, Peru, on 18 August.

Posted on 19 August 2016

World Energy Council to pre-launch integrated resilience report at Canadian Energy Panel Breakfast

World Energy Council Secretary General, Christoph Frei, will be presenting an exclusive preview of a new informative report at an Energy Panel Breakfast organised by the Council’s Canadian Member Committee, being held in conjunction with the Toronto Global Forum of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) on 12 to14 September 2016.

Posted on 19 August 2016

Future Energy Leaders set to declare vision for the future at 23rd World Energy Congress

The  Future Energy Leaders’ (FEL) Congress will be an amazing opportunity for young energy leaders to network and meet with senior energy leaders as well as highlight the value of the Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ programme to young professionals within the energy sector. The FEL-100 Congress which will take place in parallel to the main […]

Posted on 19 August 2016

Colombia launches fourth chapter of World Energy Academy

Almost 70 energy professionals were introduced to the World Energy Council as Colombia launched its fourth chapter of the World Energy Academy on 3 August.

Posted on 19 August 2016

German World Energy Council member committee holds first Young Energy Forum

Legislative support for the Energiewende which includes greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of 80–95% by 2050 (relative to 1990), and a renewable energy target of 60% by 2050, was passed by the German government in 2010. In this context the first Young Energy Forum organised by the German member committee of the World Energy Council, brought together young energy professionals for open discussions.

Posted on 19 August 2016

Young Austrian energy professionals gather to share latest developments in energy

For the second year running members of the World Energy Council’s Austrian Young Energy Professional’s Programme (YEP) gathered at the power grid control facility of the Austrian Power Grid (APG) in Vienna, to share their latest developments and findings over the past year.

Posted on 19 August 2016

Tackling non-tariff measures a priority in addressing the energy trilemma

Environmental goods represent a trade market of approximately US$ 1trillion annually. Reducing barriers to trade and investment would support cost effectiveness and efficient decarbonisation of the energy sector leading to more sustainable and accessible energy systems, finds a new report by the World Energy Council.

Posted on 18 August 2016

23rd World Energy Congress Set to Shape Future Global Energy Landscape

Momentum is building towards the 23rd World Energy Congress, due to take place in Istanbul between 9 and 13 October, just two months away. Government ministers from almost 50 countries are among the 261 influential senior leaders confirmed to speak at the event.

Posted on 10 August 2016

Energy leaders in the USA commit to pioneering policies to drive energy efficiency innovation

Leading energy-efficiency technologies, policies and business models that can accelerate progress in the United States and other countries, were explored at the 27th Annual Efficiency Forum co–sponsored by the World Energy Council US member committee (the United States Energy Association) and Johnson Controls.

Posted on 19 July 2016

World Energy Council explores global energy issues at Icelandic policy seminar

Iceland is the world’s largest green energy producer per capita and largest electricity producer per capita. Although the share of renewables in total primary energy is 85% in Iceland, which is among the highest in the world, the Icelandic policy is to increase it further in coming years.

Posted on 19 July 2016

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