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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

Combined Heat and Power has an important role in Poland

The World Energy Council Polish Member Committee, supported by the former Polish Ministry of Economy, now the Ministry of Energy, recently held a conference entitled: ‘Role of combined heat and power (CHP) in Polish Energy Policy to 2050’. Henryk Majchrzak, President of the Polish Member Committee, said: “The high-efficiency of CHP means that it can make […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

India: Electric power systems must be more flexible

The latest findings of the World Energy Council Renewable Energy Sources Systems Integration, RES,  report were presented at a workshop organised by the Indian member committee with support from World Energy Council Global Partner CESI SpA, Italy, in New Delhi in December 2015. The meeting was attended by nearly 100 senior executives that included Shri P […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

Abu Dhabi establishing Organising Committee for 2019 World Energy Congress

Preparatory work for the 2019 Abu Dhabi World Energy Congress has begun with the UAE National Committee establishing the Organising Committee to start the procedures required to host the event. The Committee is working in close partnership with local and federal entities to ensure the success of the event, which is scheduled to become one of the leading events on the 2019 agenda in the UAE.

Posted on 28 January 2016

Chair calls for speed, focus and results to reduce the risks posed by climate change

Following on from the opening addresses given by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ms Nadeau said:
The Paris Agreement is only a starting point for governments and the energy industry. It will not stabilise the climate, but the collective efforts of 195 countries who have published their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, INDCs, will go a long way.

Posted on 28 January 2016

Over 600 energy leaders gathering at 2016 Africa Energy Indaba next week

The 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), which starts on Monday, 16 February 2016, is the foremost African energy event for energy professionals from across the globe. The event gathers international and African experts to share their insights and solutions to Africa’s energy crisis, while exploring the vast energy development and investment opportunities in Africa.

Posted on 28 January 2016

Deepened cooperation with China’s National Energy Administration

Younghoon David Kim, Co-Chair of the World Energy Council met with Nur Bekri, Administrator of the National Energy Administration (NEA) and Vice-Chair of the National Development and Reform Commission of China at the NEA headquarters in Beijing earlier this month. Both parties agreed to deepen cooperation between China and the World Energy Council and discussed […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

Arup latest World Energy Council partner for Scenarios study

The World Energy Council and Arup have recently signed an agreement on the global engineering firm becoming a Project Supporter for the World Energy Scenarios flagship study with a special focus on urban innovation. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, said: “Arup will be providing associated perspectives and analysis on a selection of resources areas […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

Future Energy Leaders community growing in 2015

Five new nationally based Future Energy Leaders groups were formed in 2015 in Austria, Egypt, New Zealand, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, with one in development in South Africa. Pirjo Jantunen, FEL Chair, said: “I welcome all the new national FEL groups to our community which will complement our global FEL-100s and look forward to meeting everyone at the […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

Resources to Scenarios

Ahead of the World Energy Congress, the World Energy Council flagship studies are coming together. A Resource Study Group workshop has been held in London this month to review data received from the recent Member Committee Surveys, discuss initial findings and to ensure that chapters are on the right track. Hans Wilhelm-Schiffer, Executive Chair of World Energy […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

World Energy Council: Bright future for energy storage

The new report ‘E-storage – shifting from cost to value: wind and solar applications’ is calling for the true value of energy storage to be recognised by taking into account both its cost and revenue benefits. The report also estimates that with the many new technologies in the pipeline, storage costs of energy will fall by as much as 70% over the next 15 years. Read more.

Posted on 19 January 2016

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