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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

Active Hungary Young Professionals in Energy

Hungary Young Professionals in Energy, HYPE, has been developed by members of the Council’s Future Energy Leaders programme with the support of the Hungarian members committee.  It is a thriving group whose young professional members pride themselves on writing White Papers such as the forthcoming paper on new financial opportunities in the energy sector, and […]

Posted on 15 June 2015

China learns from Germany

Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, the Executive Chair of the World Energy Resources programme of the World Energy Council, London came to Peking University Cafe 1898 to give a keynote speech on ‘German energy policy – its impact nationally and across Europe’. In the audience there were university academia, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, power and […]

Posted on 15 June 2015

World Energy Council strengthens involvement with Water for Energy Framework

The World Energy Council is strengthening its involvement with the Water for Energy Framework (W4EF) which was established to develop a common framework for the evaluation and reporting of the energy impacts on water.

Posted on 12 June 2015

Investment needed to realise Africa’s enormous energy potential

Addressing the 9th German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg, Dr Stefan Liebig, Chairman of the Africa Association of the German Industry, said: “Without the establishment of an energy infrastructure, there won’t be any great economic growth on the African continent.” Dr Liebig was addressing an audience of several hundred which included nine African ministers and German […]

Posted on 12 June 2015

Spain explores Energy and Geostrategy: two concepts that are invariably interlinked

Energy-related factors have a bearing on the global geopolitical and geostrategic scenario in the same way as the general geopolitical framework places conditions on the parameters that define the energy environment. Both concepts are also deeply inter-related from a nation’s security point of view. These are some of the conclusions included in the latest publication […]

Posted on 12 June 2015

World Energy Trilemma report receives positive reception

This year’s World Energy Trilemma report was launched at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) meeting hosted in the city of Merida, Mexico during the opening ministerial plenary on 27 May 2015. Secretary General, Christoph Frei, presented the key findings of the report to the ministers and senior representatives from the 23 participating CEM countries and […]

Posted on 12 June 2015

2015 World Energy Trilemma Report : ambitious climate framework needed now, says energy sector

New World Energy Trilemma Report says the energy sector wants to invest, but needs an ambitious climate framework, with clear emission targets and a flexible approach to meet different needs of countries to gain the confidence from investors if the essential investment target of $48-53 trillion is to be delivered. Five key actions to the successful transition to a low carbon energy system are identified.

Posted on 27 May 2015

USEA forum explores 2015 trends and threats for energy sector

We are going through a revolution in the energy business”, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said addressing the release of the Obama Administration’s Quadrennial Energy Review,

Posted on 26 May 2015

2nd United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum kicked off in New York

The World Energy Council was fully represented at the forum with various sessions during 18-21 May at the UN headquarters in New York.

The second annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum took place with leaders from government, business and civil society coming together to drive action to meet the SE4All targets on energy access, efficiency and renewables.

Posted on 26 May 2015

New report: Hydropower’s Big Surge – Set To Double by 2050

New report: Global hydroelectric power is set to double to 2,000GW capacity by 2050 thanks to the multiple roles hydro projects can fulfil, particularly in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Charting the Upsurge in Hydropower Development Report, which covers technological, economic and socio-political perspectives across the world, highlights opportunities for future growth.

Posted on 19 May 2015

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