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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

New World Energy Council Chair gives inaugural speech

 “Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: “At the outset, I want to thank the Turkish government for hosting the 2016 World Energy Congress. “In particular, we are indebted to President Recép Tayyíp Érdogan, Prime Minister Bin Áli Yildirím, and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berát Albáyrak for their outstanding support for the Congress. “I […]

Posted on 13 October 2016

World Energy Council Welcomes new Chair

Younghoon David Kim has succeeded  Marie-José Nadeau as the Chair of the World Energy Council at the closing of the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul. Mr Kim was the Co-Chair of the World Energy Council since 2013 and previously the Council’s Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia. Mr Kim is a member of the Energy Council […]

Posted on 13 October 2016

Increase in renewables has led to an unprecedented change in energy supply

The energy landscape has changed with most countries achieving a more diversified energy mix as well as a growth in community ownerships and an evolution of micro grids. A new World Energy Resources report launched at the 23rd World Energy Congress on 12 October reveals that the unexpectedly high growth in the renewable energies market, […]

Posted on 12 October 2016

World Energy Resources Report : Increase in renewables has led to an unprecedented change in energy supply

The new World Energy Resources report launched at the 23rd World Energy Congress on 12 October reveals that the unexpectedly high growth in the renewable energies market, in terms of investment, new capacity and high growth rates in developing countries, is a key factor in this notable shift. It has contributed to falling prices and the increased decoupling of economic growth and GHG emissions.

Posted on 12 October 2016

2016 Energy Trilemma Index ranking shows global energy sector shifting priorities towards more balanced energy mix

With 9 out of the top 10 countries being from Europe, the NEW 2016 Energy Trilemma Index shows that EU cooperation on long term policy contributes to regional Trilemma success. The Index provides a comparative ranking of 125 countries in terms of their ability to provide secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy systems. Find out now where you country ranks and how to improve its score!

Posted on 11 October 2016

World Energy Co-Chair welcomes Heads of State and distinguished guests to the 23rd World Energy Congress

Core extract of speech given by Younghoon David Kim, Co-Chair, World Energy Council: “On behalf of the World Energy Council I wholeheartedly welcome you  to what is a very special moment in our 93-year history. You are joining us at the 23rd World Energy Congress to embrace the new frontiers of energy. “The World Energy […]

Posted on 10 October 2016

World Energy Scenarios 2016 report: Global energy demand growth set to fall

Per capita energy demand will peak before 2030, finds a new World Energy Council report launched at the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul . This is in stark contrast to historic growth levels, which have seen global demand for energy more than double since 1970. Technological innovation, government policies and lower growth expectations will have […]

Posted on 10 October 2016

World Energy Council issues Call to Action ahead of 23rd World Energy Congress

The World Energy Council has issued a statement calling on the energy sector to embrace a historic opportunity to redefine the energy contract. The 7 new realities for energy highlighted in the statement conclude in the call for action: Leaders and society need to embrace these new realities and strive for continued innovation while maintaining stable investment frameworks.

Posted on 9 October 2016

Embracing the New Frontiers for Energy

The World Energy Council has issued a statement calling on the energy sector to embrace a historic opportunity to redefine the energy contract. The 7 new realities for energy highlighted in the statement conclude in the call for action: Leaders and society need to embrace these new realities and strive for continued innovation while maintaining stable investment frameworks.

Posted on 8 October 2016

President Putin to attend 23rd World Energy Congress

President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, will visit Turkey to attend the 23rd World Energy Congress which will be held in Istanbul between 9 and 13 October.  This congress is very important as Turkey and Russia look at how best to progress the Turkish Stream project. Mr Berat Albayrak, Turkish Minister for Energy and […]

Posted on 30 September 2016

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