Global energy leaders drive debate on critical issues at Demex 2017

Posted on 12 September 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, Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO, and Enrique Hidalgo, President of ExxonMobil Exploration, Mexico, will gather to discuss critical issues facing the energy system.

Decentralised approaches to balancing the energy trilemma, innovative business models to drive and enable change, as well as energy system resilience and energy sector reform, are critical issues affecting the energy sector set to drive lively debate at the Summit.

Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, said: “The energy sector is facing many new realities in the way we produce and consume energy. The unprecedented speed of change in technologies, risks and policy environment provides both challenges and opportunities for countries and energy companies. Dialogue on implications among policy and private sector leaders in an informal neutral setting is critical at this time of great uncertainty and grand energy transition. We are delighted to be working with the Mexican Government in hosting this important summit.”

Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition of Mexico, added: “The global energy landscape has an enormous dynamism, that’s why collaboration, new alliances, and innovative approaches will be needed for the future of energy. DEMEX provides a unique opportunity for key players to discuss, analyse and reflect on the trends and scenarios of energy, and share experiences in their efforts to move towards Energy Transition. Given that SENER and the World Energy Council have the ability to convene the world energy community, the participation of the World Energy Leaders’ Summit in DEMEX will facilitate the dialogue about challenges of the sector in a global context.”

The World Energy Council will also host its North American annual regional forum during Demex, which will bring together the leadership of the World Energy Council’s Canadian, Mexican and United States member committees to discuss relations between the three countries energy systems and explore climate change policies and medium and long-term energy scenarios for North America. It will also discuss energy trade within North America at a time when US, Canadian and Mexican negotiators are zeroing in on ways to enshrine the Mexican’s administration’s sweeping energy reforms into a modernised North American Free Trade Agreement.