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Panama’s Energy Secretary to host launch of new national member committee

As Panama announces plans to build its own LNG terminal, the World Energy Council formally voted in the country on 14 July, as its latest national member committee. The member committee will be officially launched on 22 August in Panama City and will bring together Panama’s Energy Secretary, Victor Urrutia, who is hosting the event […]

Posted on 18 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

Innovation policies the key to driving progress on the Energy Trilemma goals By Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council *   The energy sector is at a transition point and faces a number of growing challenges in a context defined by unprecedented speed of change. Continued innovation on the policy and technology side […]

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

Secretary General, Christoph Frei, reflects on a busy month for the Council

In the last month, we have had a great opportunity to showcase a number of our flagship content on existing and emerging issues and trends impacting the energy sector, with presence at several high-level events including: the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), St Petersburg Economic International Forum and the 18th European Gas Conference. St Petersburg International […]

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

Meet the Council’s new Vice Chair for Latin America

We talk to Claudia Cronenbold Harnes, the Council’s new Vice Chair for Latin America, about the biggest challenges facing Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), the proposed Brazil-Bolivia gas pipeline and plans to increase the number of member committees within the region. As the Council’s new Vice Chair for Latin America and the Caribbean, what do […]

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

El Gobierno de la República y el Consejo Mundial de Energía llevarán a cabo la Cumbre Mundial de Líderes Energéticos en septiembre

En una ceremonia sostenida en el marco de la 8a Reunión Ministerial de Energía Limpia (CEM 8) en Beijing, Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Subsecretario de Planeación y Transición Energética de México, y Christoph Frei, Secretario General del Consejo Mundial de Energía, firmaron hoy un acuerdo para albergar la Cumbre Mundial de Líderes Energéticos (World Energy Leaders’ […]

Posted on 6 June 2017

Blockchain technology tops agenda at Insights Workshop

Growing digitalisation and decentralisation in the energy sector means that new technologies such as blockchain applications are becoming more visible, and are gaining momentum in the energy and utilities sector. A blockchain is a distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks. A blockchain is typically managed by […]

Posted on 2 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

World Energy Council Secretary General presents to Vienna Energy Forum

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017 themed ‘Sustainable energy for the implementation of the United Nations SDGs and the Paris Agreement’ convened from 9-12 May 2017 in Vienna, Austria. VEF 2017 focused on the importance of the linkages between climate and development, and examined the role of innovation in achieving SDG 7 (ensure access to […]

Posted on 15 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’s message of support to the government of Turkey

On behalf of the board of the World Energy Council, I wish to express our revulsion at the dreadful terrorist attack that took place at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. We wish to extend the condolences of the entire World Energy Council family to the people of Turkey in this time of difficulty.

Posted on 30 June 2016

Growth in electric vehicles sales central to closing emissions gap

Electric vehicles (EVs) will need to increase their combined market share to 16% by 2020 to achieve the aggressive fuel economy standards set by regulators, according to new research by the World Energy Council.

Posted on 29 June 2016

Standing committee meetings held this month begin the countdown to the 2016 Executive Assembly week

The World Energy Council held all standing committee meetings in London between 8 and 9 June and welcomed representatives of the Council’s member committees from across the globe to discuss key topics in the run up to the 23rd World Energy Congress and Executive Assembly week in Istanbul. The two days of meetings were preceded […]

Posted on 23 June 2016

Future Energy Leaders shine in Africa and Latin America

As the World Energy Council welcome’s this year’s 35 new participants into its Future Energy Leaders (FEL) programme, Mercy Manyuchi talks to WEC Inside about her upcoming plans as a new member, while fellow FEL Renzo talks about his experiences to date.

Posted on 22 June 2016

World Energy Council welcomes Mongolia as its newest member committee

The World Energy Council is pleased to welcome Mongolia as its newest member committee today, bringing the number of the Council’s committees to 95. With our four direct memberships, the Council now has a presence in 99 countries. The Mongolian member committee hosted by the Mongolian Federation of Engineering Organisations aims to promote and support […]

Posted on 22 June 2016

World Energy Council welcomes new regional Vice Chair

As the Council welcomes its new Vice Chair for the Asia Pacific & South East Asia, Shigeru Muraki, who succeeded Arup Choudhury, talks about his plans for the next three years and the vision for his role.

Posted on 22 June 2016

LNG as an opportunity for maritime transport in the Mediterranean Sea

Operators and industry experts gathered at an event held by the World Energy Council’s Italian member committee to discuss the state of maritime uses and infrastructures for liquefied natural gas (LNG), with particular focus on the Strait of Sicily and Mediterranean region as part of the commitment of Italy to act as a hub for natural gas in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Posted on 21 June 2016

Geopolitics of hydrocarbons: Hot spot of ‘energy and geostrategy’

Despite the difficulty in forecasting the evolution of the global geopolitical energy framework, both in the short and long-term, it is clear that the geopolitical and energy agendas have been undoubtedly connected to the supply and price of hydrocarbons during the last year, concludes the latest publication of the World Energy Council’s Spanish member committee ‘Energy and Geostrategy 2016’, report.

Posted on 21 June 2016

World Energy Council Co-Chair plays host to international media round-table

In anticipation of the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, current Council Co-chair Younghoon David Kim hosted a media round-table in Seoul with senior foreign correspondents on 24 May.

Posted on 21 June 2016

2016 Trilemma report receives warm reception at the Clean Energy Ministerial

For the second year running the World Energy Council was invited to present the World Energy Trilemma report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7).

Posted on 9 June 2016

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