In addition to meetings taking place during the week, more than 80 Ministers and CEOs from the public and private sector will participate in a number of high-level discussions. The Council will also be holding a Trilemma Summit as well as a Future Energy Leaders’ Summit.
This year's agenda will build upon insights gained from the World Energy Council’s on-going studies, including the World Energy Scenarios and the World Energy Trilemma. Disruptive trends are emerging that will create a fundamentally new world for the energy sector, characterised by lower population growth, radical new technologies, greater environmental challenges, and a shift in economic and geopolitical power.
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Key sessions include:
This session will share the lessons learned from the success stories on balancing Energy Trilemma through the decentralised systems and regional interconnection. The session will identify solutions to address challenging issues. What are the success stories of decentralised systems and regional interconnection? What are the barriers preventing the developments of decentralised systems and deployment of regional interconnection, and how can these barriers be overcome? What benefits can these approaches have on a countries’ energy system?
Read more about the Energy Trilemma and the Council's latest Trilemma and Trilemma Index reports.
Natural gas markets are set to undergo a significant transition over the next decade with new supply sources and technologies coming on stream. This session will share perspectives on the future of natural gas and LNG markets and explore solutions to manage the relevant risks. It will also highlight the changing role of gas in the wider energy system.
What will the impact of these new dynamics be on existing player and where will the new opportunities emerge? How can infrastructure operators manage lower asset values in regions exposed to a decrease in demand? What is next for Asian LNG markets? What is the impact of increased competition in Asian markets and the new supply sources on price?
Read more about the Council's Gas Centre.
The energy system is at the beginning of a digital transformation. New technologies and systems are set to revolutionise the way we produce and consume energy. These new technologies will lead to unprecedented levels of efficiency and require new ways of thinking.
This session will increase high-level recognition of the digitalisation of the energy sector and identify potential government-industry initiatives to address the issues. What is the potential for digitalisation to improve energy productivity and to create new energy business models? What are political, regulatory, market and technological barriers? What are the challenges associated with digitalisation, including cyber risk?
Read more about the Council's resilience work, including the 2016 report on cyber 'The road to resilience: Managing cyber risks'.
This session will increase high-level recognition of the blockchain in the energy sector and identify potential solutions to address the issues. Beyond the digitalisation of the energy sector, the introduction of blockchain technologies has the potential to transform energy systems. What are blockchain’s opportunities and risks in the energy sector? What are the latest updates on pilots, use cases and scalability? What are the regulatory obstacles associated with the implementation of blockchain applications and what are the issues to be addressed? How will blockchain impact company and state value chain infrastructure related to the energy sector?
Read more on How blockchain technology is looking to offer a “radically simplified vision of the energy world” in the August issue of the Council's magazine, World Energy FOCUS: https://www.worldenergy.org/focus/downloads/
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