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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

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

Shale technology – the new ‘Swing’ producer that sets global oil prices?

The emergence of shale technology, particularly in the US, is dramatically challenging the conventional rules of the global oil markets, says Olivier Appert, President of the World Energy Council French Member Committee. Shale could become be the new ‘swing’ producer in setting the price of oil on global markets.  “For the last 40 years, OPEC has […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

Lebanon Committee Supports Young People Education Initiative

A new textbook on Renewable Energy for Elementary Schools in Lebanon  In 2014 the Lebanon Member Committee awarded $1,500 to the Lebanese International University for a project to develop a textbook on renewable energy for elementary schools in Lebanon The textbook, which will be available at the 2015 Beirut Energy Forum, covers renewable energy technologies […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

Dreams, Science and Sustainable Energy

How to ensure that when policy makers come to an agreement, that agreed actions are implemented, is one of many challenges being discussed in a series of global scenarios workshops in London. Among the many issues that are being hotly debated are the impact of climate change, planetary boundaries, renewables system integration technology and changing […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

What it means to be a FEL-100: Japhet E. Miano Kariuki

Based in the Philippines, Japhet is a consultant who encourages foreign investment into the Philippines’ Extractive (Energy and Mining), Finance and Services Industry. This involves using his financial advisory, project management and business development skills. Why did you become a FEL-100?  My introduction to the energy world was after I finished studying at the Vlerick […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

Love What You Do – A Lifetime in Energy

Dr. Gheorghe Balan, born in 1929, is celebrating his 86th anniversary and 62 years of continuous professional activity in the Romanian energy sector. Highly involved in all the activities of the World Energy Council Romanian National Committee for 47 years, Dr. Gheorghe Balan has been  honoured with the Diplomat ‘Lifetime Energy Excellence Award” at the […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

World Energy Academy Programme Update

Since the launch in Argentina in 2014 of the first World Energy Academy programme designed to provide national level training programmes, countries from every region have expressed their support of the initiative. Almost 20 countries, such as Estonia and Lebanon are planning to shortly set up Academies, with nine countries saying they will set up […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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