The Netherlands joins the World Energy Council


4 March 2014, The Hague – The World Energy Council announces that the Netherlands will join as its newest member country today.

Photo: Thera /

Photo: Thera /

The World Energy Council’s Dutch member committee aims to promote and support safe, affordable, and reliable energy transformation in the region.  As part of its work, it will provide a platform for all stakeholders to discuss and work on the future of energy while representing the Dutch perspective within national, regional and global energy debates.

Jeroen van Hoof, Chair of the World Energy Council’s Dutch member committee, comments: “Given the challenges that energy companies face nowadays in respect of the transition to a more mixed fuel supply, lower energy prices and the current turmoil on their business models, the World Energy Council provides an excellent platform to participate in the regional and global discussion for solutions.”

The Netherlands ranks 14 among 129 countries in the World Energy Council’s 2014 Energy Trilemma Index and achieves an energy balance score of BBB. The Index measures countries’ energy sustainability performance based on the three pillars of the trilemma: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability.

In a speech at the EnergiePoort event in The Hague today, Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, says: “The Netherlands is among the strong performers in balancing the energy trilemma and has yet more upward potential in all trilemma dimensions.  A changing electricity and gas market design is keeping German energy leaders awake at night, and this equally affects Dutch markets. In a context of high energy price volatility, balancing the trilemma will not become easier in coming years.

“As discussions on an ‘energy union’ for Europe get underway, the World Energy Council offers a much-needed neutral platform for Europe to arrive at a consensus on how we can meet our trilemma challenges. The Netherlands’ membership in our global network will offer important lessons for Europe and the rest of the world.”

The Council’s Dutch member committee will inaugurate its activities with a presentation by Dr Christoph Frei at Energiepoort, a national energy seminar, with further local activities to follow soon. The member committee is being hosted by PwC.  Its founding members are PwC, Shell Netherlands, Nuon/Vattenfall, and DNV GL. Its Chair, Jeroen van Hoof, is partner at PwC Netherlands, while Aad Groenenboom, retired partner of PwC Netherlands, serves as the Secretary General.

The country is the 94th member committee of the World Energy Council and brings the number of European member countries to 33.


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Greetje van Vroonhoven-Mensing / / +31 88 79 21,407


World Energy Council:

Monique Tsang / / +44 20 3214 0616


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Formed in 1923, the Council is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders.

The Council informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue.

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