World Energy Congress unveils program themes - ministers, CEOs and experts to address full range of energy issues

LONDON and SEOUL – 22 April 2013: The 2013 World Energy Congress Organizing Committee announced today some of the significant program topics that will be discussed by leading figures in the energy sector at the world’s premier energy event, to be held in Daegu, South Korea from October 13 to 17, 2013.

Under the theme of ‘Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today’, topics range from the future prospects of the oil & gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables sectors to the tough policy decisions needed to balance the often conflicting priorities of energy security, universal access to affordable energy, and environmental protection. Delegates will also be given insights into how finance and innovation are shaping our energy future.

“The Congress will provide a fascinating overview of the opportunities and challenges of our energy world in transition,” said Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council. “The issues to be highlighted will be addressed from a number of viewpoints, encompassing the perspectives of individual energy sectors and geographical regions, as well as providing a strategic overview of global energy trends.”

More than 200 prominent speakers, including energy ministers, industry CEOs and top experts and researchers, will answer the most pressing questions facing the global energy industry today, such as:

  • Oil: Will state oil companies and independents come to dominate the industry?
  • Gas: Will shale gas be a game changer in redrawing the global energy map or is it just a bubble?
  • Coal: Can demand for coal overcome environmental concerns?
  • Renewables: Is the honeymoon over?
  • Nuclear: Can effective international governance rules keep alive the nuclear renaissance?
  • Hydro: Has its time finally come?
  • Biofuels: What are the critical success factors for sustainable projects?
  • Utilities: Will new business models succeed in promoting decentralization?
  • Energy access: Is it achievable against the competing demands for water and food?
  • Energy security: What are the next big energy sources?
  • Environment mitigation: Are green growth and rapid economic growth compatible?
  • Energy efficiency: Are yesterday’s cities fit for tomorrow’s energy?
  • Finance: Is development finance delivering inclusive green growth?
  • Energy innovation: Is venture capital more important than government support?
  • Asia: Can the region become a showcase for green growth?
  • Eurasia: Can it achieve partnerships to unlock its full energy potential?
  • Middle East: Will it balance the needs of energy exports, local energy growth and job creation?
  • Latin America: Blessed with resources, but overwhelmed by choice?
  • Europe: Can it achieve effective energy market integration?
  • Africa: Is there an energy infrastructure road map?

“The program at the 22nd World Energy Congress captures the full range and complexity of today’s energy challenges,” said Cho Hwan-eik, chair of the Organizing Committee of the 2013 World Energy Congress. “The Congress offers an impressive and unmatched list of speakers to provide insights on how these challenges can be addressed and overcome.”

Specific sessions and speakers will be announced shortly.

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