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Mighty microbes for the energy revolution

At the World Energy Council’s Asia Regional meeting event hosted by the Korean member committee, Shigeru Muraki, Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia, noted that natural gas will continue to increase its share in the energy mix, increasing its role in distributed energy systems, as energy systems witnesses a shift from centralised to […]

Posted on 17 July 2017

To coincide with G20 Hamburg, Christoph Frei explains why innovation policies are key to driving progress on the Energy Trilemma goals

Innovation policies the key to driving progress on the Energy Trilemma goals By Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council *   The energy sector is at a transition point and faces a number of growing challenges in a context defined by unprecedented speed of change. Continued innovation on the policy and technology side […]

Posted on 13 July 2017

Vietnam becomes the Council’s newest direct member

The World Energy Council is pleased to welcome the Vietnam Green Energy Network (VGEN) as its  newest direct member, bringing the number of direct members to three. With 94 member committees, the Council now has a presence in 97 countries. David Kim, Chair of the World Energy Council, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Vietnam […]

Posted on 21 June 2017

Secretary General, Christoph Frei, reflects on a busy month for the Council

In the last month, we have had a great opportunity to showcase a number of our flagship content on existing and emerging issues and trends impacting the energy sector, with presence at several high-level events including: the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), St Petersburg Economic International Forum and the 18th European Gas Conference. St Petersburg International […]

Posted on 21 June 2017

Meet the Council’s new Vice Chair for Latin America

We talk to Claudia Cronenbold Harnes, the Council’s new Vice Chair for Latin America, about the biggest challenges facing Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), the proposed Brazil-Bolivia gas pipeline and plans to increase the number of member committees within the region. As the Council’s new Vice Chair for Latin America and the Caribbean, what do […]

Posted on 20 June 2017

Blockchain technology tops agenda at Insights Workshop

Growing digitalisation and decentralisation in the energy sector means that new technologies such as blockchain applications are becoming more visible, and are gaining momentum in the energy and utilities sector. A blockchain is a distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks. A blockchain is typically managed by […]

Posted on 2 June 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 15 May 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 UNSEforAll event on 2 April was one of a series of Energy Trilemma events that the World Energy Council is organising this […]

Posted on 27 April 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

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

New World Energy Council Chair gives inaugural speech

 “Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: “At the outset, I want to thank the Turkish government for hosting the 2016 World Energy Congress. “In particular, we are indebted to President Recép Tayyíp Érdogan, Prime Minister Bin Áli Yildirím, and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berát Albáyrak for their outstanding support for the Congress. “I […]

Posted on 13 October 2016

World Energy Council Welcomes new Chair

Younghoon David Kim has succeeded  Marie-José Nadeau as the Chair of the World Energy Council at the closing of the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul. Mr Kim was the Co-Chair of the World Energy Council since 2013 and previously the Council’s Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia. Mr Kim is a member of the Energy Council […]

Posted on 13 October 2016

World Energy Co-Chair welcomes Heads of State and distinguished guests to the 23rd World Energy Congress

Core extract of speech given by Younghoon David Kim, Co-Chair, World Energy Council: “On behalf of the World Energy Council I wholeheartedly welcome you  to what is a very special moment in our 93-year history. You are joining us at the 23rd World Energy Congress to embrace the new frontiers of energy. “The World Energy […]

Posted on 10 October 2016

Embracing the New Frontiers for Energy

The World Energy Council has issued a statement calling on the energy sector to embrace a historic opportunity to redefine the energy contract. The 7 new realities for energy highlighted in the statement conclude in the call for action: Leaders and society need to embrace these new realities and strive for continued innovation while maintaining stable investment frameworks.

Posted on 8 October 2016

President Putin to attend 23rd World Energy Congress

President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, will visit Turkey to attend the 23rd World Energy Congress which will be held in Istanbul between 9 and 13 October.  This congress is very important as Turkey and Russia look at how best to progress the Turkish Stream project. Mr Berat Albayrak, Turkish Minister for Energy and […]

Posted on 30 September 2016

Global energy experts convene in Estonia for International Oil Shale Symposium

Organised by the Estonian member committe of the World Energy Council, the capital of Estonia  will host on 20 and 21 September high-level energy experts’ discussions about the current state of the oil shale industry as well as its future opportunities. Oil shale is an energy resource that constitutes about 4% of Estonia’s gross domestic product. The oil […]

Posted on 22 September 2016

World Energy Council launches new resilience report at IEFA Toronto Global Forum

Emerging physical, financial and virtual risks pose an ever-greater threat to the security and supply of energy. A new World Energy Council report The Road to Resilience: Financing resilient energy infrastructure, launched at the IEFA Toronto Global Forum on 13 September by World Energy Secretary General, Christoph Frei, contends that energy systems must be smarter, not just stronger, to […]

Posted on 21 September 2016

Canadian energy leaders gather to hear latest insights on the design and implementation of emerging climate policies

Canadian energy professionals gathered to hear the latest updates and insights on the design and implementation of emerging climate policies across the globe to achieve post-Paris GHG emission reduction targets, led by national and provincial governments and industry. The exclusive Energy Panel Breakfast organised by the World Energy Council’s Canadian member committee, sponsored by Seimens, […]

Posted on 21 September 2016

Variable renewables integration in electricity systems – how to get it right

Renewables, including hydro, now account for over 30% of the total global installed power generation capacity and 23% of total global electricity production. In the past 10 years, wind and solar PV have witnessed an explosive average annual growth of 23% and 50% respectively, although their combined contribution to the global electricity supply is currently only 4%.

Posted on 21 September 2016

World Energy Council to launch cyber resilience report at German Energy Day

The World Energy Council will launch a new report on managing and financing cyber during an event entitled ‘Trends and Innovations in the digital Energy world’ risks at Energy Day Germany on 29 September 2016, organised by the Council’s German Member Committee.

Posted on 21 September 2016

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