GGC stakeholders and Future Energy Leaders convene in Abu Dhabi ahead of 24th World Energy Congress

Posted on 19 November 2018

Leading opinion formers in the GCC region gathered in Abu Dhabi for strategic knowledge exchange on the energy transition and explore innovation opportunities, and to lay the groundwork for the development of regional energy scenarios to be be presented at the 24th World Energy Congress next year.

The scenarios workshop was the first event of its kind  held in the GCC region organised by the World Energy Council, with support of its UAE Member Committee as part of its strategic foresight initiative. It was aimed at building regionally focused scenarios to 2040 with new insights around innovation game-changers to support energy leaders in defining and driving a successful energy transition.

Through the interactive dialogue delegates exchanged ideas on the key challenges and main drivers of change that will shape the energy future in the region and discussed what energy narratives might emerge in the GCC by 2040 within three Council global scenarios: Unfinished Symphony, Hard Rock and Modern Jazz. The new future space was also discussed by the young professionals mapping the ‘Visionario’ pathway for the region.

The Council will now use the discussion outcomes to develop regional narratives and will revisit the region for further development of the scenarios and to promote its wider use to better serve the regional community agenda.

The regionally focused energy scenarios to 2040 with innovations insights, will be presented to global energy leaders when they gather in Abu Dhabi for the Congress.

The three-day event also played host to the Board of the World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders programme, a community of exceptional young professionals who share a commitment to shaping the global energy future.

The Future Energy Leaders Board met with young energy leaders from the UAE to discuss ways of involving youth from the region in the Future Energy Leaders’ Congress to be held as part of the Congress in 2019. Working with the attendees of the workshop, a national chapter of the Future Energy Leaders programme is currently under development in the UAE.

Reflecting on the intensive three-day programme H.E. Eng. Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity and Future Energy and the CEO of the UAE Organising Committee of the 24th World Energy Congress commented: “We are delighted to have hosted the first workshop of its kind in the region here in Abu Dhabi, and we strongly believe the conversations and narratives developed over the three days will build a strong foundation for more detailed scenarios that will be used and debated by the world’s energy leaders during the 24th World Energy Congress next year.

“I am particularly pleased to have witnessed the inspirational contribution of our Future Energy Leaders. Their unique views and opinions were a valuable part of the conversations and opened new pathways and ideas to consider.”

The Council will host the Congress, in Abu Dhabi from the 9th – 12th of September 2019, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

Preparations for next year’s Congress are well underway with Host Sponsors including prominent UAE companies representing the full energy spectrum.

Delegate registration for the 24th World Energy Congress is now open. To find out more, visit our website: https://www.wec24.org/delegate-registration.

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