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Energy Efficiency: A Straight Path Towards Sustainability in Mexico

Mexico City, 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 […]

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 welcomes it new Future Energy Leaders

Every year, more than 30 new Future Energy Leaders are selected in a competitive process to join the World Energy Council’s FEL-100 programme and become a member of this exclusive global network. This year the Council received 165 nominations from its member committees and global Patrons, of which only 37 new places were available. Of […]

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 23 May 2017

World Energy Council Chair addresses APEC Business Advisory Board

World Energy Council Chairman, David Kim, attended the second APEC Business Advisory Board Council (ABAC) meeting in Seoul on 28 April. Mr Kim addressed the members and highlighted how the Council could participate in ABAC initiatives to foster increased regional and international cooperation. For 2017, ABAC has adopted the theme “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a […]

Posted on 23 May 2017

World Energy Council talks to its new Chair for Communications and Strategy

As the Council prepares to launch its first Latin and Caribbean energy scenarios, we talk to Dr Jose Antonio Vargas Lleras, new Chair for the Communications and Strategy Committee, about regional integration in Latin America, enhancing the Council’s communications strategy and tools for member committees at a regional level, and shaping the Council’s new strategy […]

Posted on 23 May 2017

World Energy Council unveils 2017 Issues Monitor report in Washington

The World Energy Council’s new 2017 Issues Monitor reveals that uncertainty over commodity prices is one of the top issues among global energy leaders in all regions, especially in developing countries and emerging economies. At a briefing in Washington at the US Energy Association (USEA), the US member committee of the Council, Secretary General, Dr […]

Posted on 27 April 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 event on 2 April was one of a series of Energy Trilemma events that the World Energy Council is organising this year […]

Posted on 27 April 2017

Etihad Aviation Group to support World Energy Congress

The Organising Committee of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi has announced the support of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) in the delivery of the 2019 Congress. The agreement appoints Hala Abu Dhabi as the Official Travel & Destination Partner alongside Etihad Airways as the Official Airline for the World Energy Council’s 24th World […]

Posted on 16 March 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

Austria: Wind energy moving towards base load generation

The Austrian member committee recently organised a workshop in Vienna on important new developments in wind energy technology and the contribution that wind is making to electricity generation. In one region of Austria the annual electricity generated by wind energy already exceeds demand. There were a number of presentations highlighting the economic, regulatory and technical […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

Spanish meeting focuses on Atlantic basin and global energy governance

This year the theme of the annual Spanish member committee conference in Madrid was “Governing Energy: the Atlantic Basin and Global Institutions”.  It brought together almost 400 attendees and 25 national and international speakers including Alberto Nadal, Spanish Secretary of State for Energy.  Discussions focussed on energy flows in the Atlantic Basin, the governance of […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

Bolivia World Energy Leaders Academy established

At the 8th Bolivia Gas & Energy International Congress, Claudia Cronenbold, Chair of the Bolivian member committee and Luis Alberto Sánchez, the Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy, signed an agreement to establish an Academy to provide training programmes for future energy leaders. Cronenbold said: “The programmes will be based on four basic standpoints: physical, technical, […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

Seoul Energy Symposium calls for faster energy alliance progress

At the World Energy Council International Energy Symposium in Korea, where around 170 energy leaders from government, public authorities, research institutions and the industry met, there was a call to move forward the establishment of an alliance of expertise to meet the objectives of the Eurasian Energy Integration project. The ultimate need for establishing an […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

Gas supply security : a challenge for Europe?

Addressing the French member committee in Paris, Jean-Marie Dauger, Chair Strategy and Communications Committee, talked about the future of gas supplies in Europe saying: “Natural gas will remain a key component of the energy balance for many decades because of the abundance of reserves and the role it plays in replacing coal. “Whilst Europe shows […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

Renewable Electricity Systems Integration Knowledge Network agrees 2016 action plan

The Renewable Energy Systems Integration, RESI, Knowledge Network chaired by Dr. Alessandro Clerici has agreed the structure of the 2016 report. The RESI report will analyse the growing percentage of RESI sources that includes wind and solar PV based on information from 17 countries covering technical and economic challenges to past, present and future power […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

Welcome to our newest patron

The World Energy Council has welcomed its latest Patron, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Masdar Initiative. The Masdar Initiative is the UAE’s flagship entity whose aim is to advance the clean energy industry in Abu Dhabi and around the world, and be a catalyst for the economic diversification of the Emirates. The Patron agreement was celebrated […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

World Energy Council Welcomes Paris Agreement

Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, said: “We welcome the agreement in Paris and that we have a vision for the future. Now, the challenge is to turn words into measurable actions at both national and regional levels and to close the remaining ambition gap. “For the energy sector, this will require […]

Posted on 15 December 2015

Global Electricity Initiative: 94% of utilities already affected by extreme weather events

A new survey by the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) of electric power utilities reveals that their CEOs consider a global agreement on GHG emissions vital to their businesses’ sustainable success.

Posted on 8 December 2015

China’s role in the run up to COP21

This summer, China submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, INDC, but what role will it play at the 21st Conference of the Parties, COP21? New Future Energy Leader Peter Edwards met with Professor Zou Ji and Dr Fu Sha  based at China’s National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, NCSC, who advised on […]

Posted on 26 November 2015

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