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Global energy leaders drive debate on critical issues at Demex 2017

Key energy players to convene 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), gets underway. 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, […]

Posted on 12 September 2017

The Council officially welcomes Panama as its latest member committee

The World Energy Council welcomed Panama as its first Central American member committee, while exploring the main challenges facing the country and the region, at a launch event on 22 August, Panama City. With the creation of this committee, Panama will provide a vital link between North and Latin America. “As part of the World […]

Posted on 4 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

New Zealand develops the first country-level use of scenarios

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), New Zealand’s World Energy Council member committee, has initiated the first country-level use of The World Energy Scenarios: Composing energy futures to 2050. The ‘BEC2050’ project, which has been underway for over 9 months, is based on the Council’s scenario projects.  It is developing two potential future pathways or scenarios […]

Posted on 20 July 2015

LNG Transport Italy and the Mediterranean Area Issues Debate

More than 200 representatives from international organisations, institutions, companies and association, which have developed business strategies for LNG in the Mediterranean Area, met in Rome on 11-12 June to discuss the perspectives of the use of LNG in maritime, road, rail transport and in off-grid plants.  The meeting was organised by the organized by Symposia and […]

Posted on 20 July 2015

Romania ahead of Europe on renewable targets

Romania is the first country in Europe to achieve EU Directives by increasing its share of renewables in the generation mix to over 20%, far ahead of the 2020 deadline, but there remain issues to be addressed. At a recent international conference held in Bucharest, the Romanian Member Committee discussed the technical challenges and possible […]

Posted on 20 July 2015

Where are we now and where are we going after Fukushima?

A look at the changes in the world nuclear power industry since 10 March 2011, the day before Fukushima, and  on 11 March 2015, four years after the event by Alessandro Clerici, Honorary Chair of the World Energy Council’s Italian Member Committee. Clerici also considers the future of the nuclear agenda as seen on 11 […]

Posted on 20 July 2015

The natural gas industry confronts a harsh reality

The clear message from last month’s World Gas Conference in Paris – the industry’s largest regular gathering – is that the role of gas in the future energy mix cannot be taken for granted.

Posted on 14 July 2015

New Chair of Future Energy Leaders

Ms Pirjo Jantunen, Environmental Adviser at Helen Ltd., from Finland, has been elected chair of the World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders, a community of young professionals who share a commitment to shaping the global energy future. Marie-José Nadeau, World Energy Council Chair, said: “Pirjo brings leadership and enthusiasm that will inspire young professionals to […]

Posted on 6 July 2015

23 Speakers confirmed for the 23rd World Energy Congress

The World Energy Council will hold the 23rd World Energy Congress, organised every three years, in Istanbul on 9-13 October 2016. Over 100 heads of state and government and approximately 10,000 delegates will attend the Congress which will host close to 250 distinguished speakers and is the most important summit where global energy policies are […]

Posted on 15 June 2015

Energy leaders gather in Ecuador

Industry representatives and government officials gathered at the National Seminar of the Ecuadorian Electricity Sector organised by the Ecuadorian World Energy Council members committee when it met to address the future of the electricity sector in Ecuador. One of the main objectives of the meeting was to share experiences of different companies in the energy sector in […]

Posted on 15 June 2015

Active Hungary Young Professionals in Energy

Hungary Young Professionals in Energy, HYPE, has been developed by members of the Council’s Future Energy Leaders programme with the support of the Hungarian members committee.  It is a thriving group whose young professional members pride themselves on writing White Papers such as the forthcoming paper on new financial opportunities in the energy sector, and […]

Posted on 15 June 2015

China learns from Germany

Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, the Executive Chair of the World Energy Resources programme of the World Energy Council, London came to Peking University Cafe 1898 to give a keynote speech on ‘German energy policy – its impact nationally and across Europe’. In the audience there were university academia, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, power and […]

Posted on 15 June 2015

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