Press Release: Countdown To 26th World Energy Congress Begins With Super Early Bird Registration

24th April 2023

Press Release


24 April 2023 – The countdown to the 26th World Energy Congress, to be held in Rotterdam from 22-25 April 2024, has begun today as the World Energy Council launches event registration.

The Congress is the world’s most prestigious and well-established global energy event. Under the theme of ‘Redesigning Energy for People and Planet”, the event will bring together 7,000 energy leaders and 18,000 total attendees from across the wider energy ecosystem to discuss and identify solutions to fix an energy system that is fundamentally broken and which no longer meets the needs of societies that it was originally designed to serve.

The Congress will engage a diverse range of people – women, workers, the next generation – at all levels of the energy dialogue and convene them around the ‘how to’ in enabling energy transitions to happen at pace and scale.

Today, the first confirmed speakers are announced including:

  • Amina Mohamed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group
  • Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies
  • Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam
  • Phyllis Omido, Founder of the Centre for Justice, Governance and Environmental Action
  • John Elkington, Author and Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans
  • and Kim Yin Wong, Group President & CEO of Sembcorp.

Dr. Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General, and CEO, World Energy Council, said:

“Three once-in-a-lifetime crises – covid, climate, conflict – have revealed the importance and fragility of energy systems and reminded us all to manage the energy trilemma of security, affordability, and sustainability to avoid new shocks and crisis.

“The results of our World Energy Pulse Survey show that regional priorities differ and the majority agree that the world energy system is no longer fit for purpose. Energy transition leaders are concerned we are moving too slowly and the best way forward is to involve more people, diverse communities and sectors in making fairer and more far reaching energy transitions happen.”

“Bridging climate, energy and human security interests in a fragmented and polarised world not easy but it is essential to remember energy systems include people and it is important to pull world energy society together across geographies, technologies, sectors and generations with the shared intent to redesign diverse and resilient energy systems for billions of better lives and a healthy planet.

“The 26th World Energy Congress will demonstrate energy transitions are happening in all world regions. We will champion inclusive and intergenerational dialogue, share new ideas on the ‘how to’ and ‘who with’ of closing implementation gaps, promote trilemma solutions and celebrate transformational collaborations.”

“As we mark our 100th anniversary year, the Rotterdam World Energy Congress will draw on a century of practical wisdom in connecting energy, peace and sustainable development agendas and launch new energy actions to secure climate resilient and sustainable development. We will weave the road the Congress with the Clean Energy Ministerial and COP28 as we pull world energy leadership together again”.

The World Energy Congress will be the first major point of reflection in the wake of COP28, hosted by the UAE in December 2023. The event will provide an early opportunity for delegates to consider takeaways from Dubai and map out the transition trajectory amid the backdrop of today’s less predictable, more turbulent, and rapidly shifting world.

In total 18,000 attendees will convene in Rotterdam for four days of energy-defining and impact-focused conversations, roundtables, and peer-to-peer networking, while simultaneously showcasing the latest technologies driving forward the energy transition. Registration for delegate passes is now open with tickets to provide access to all sessions and exhibitions during the Congress.

Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Rob Jetten, said:

“We are delighted to host the 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam next year. The Netherlands has big ambitions when it comes to sustainable energy and climate and are keen to expand our role in the renewable transition in Europe and across the globe.

“The importance of gathering world energy leaders together under the umbrella of the World Energy Congress is more vital than ever as we navigate these turbulent energy times and strive towards a fairer future for all.”

Jeroen van Hoof, Chair of the World Energy Council, The Netherlands, and Chair of the World Energy Congress Rotterdam Organising Committee, said:

“We look forward to welcoming delegates from across the entire energy eco system to the next World Energy Congress in Rotterdam. Rotterdam, a vibrant innovative smart city with a rich heritage in pioneering early oil and gas supply and storage, a global port serving as the logistical gateway into Europe and enduring status as international trading hub. More importantly an open and inclusive city in the midst of a transformation into a cleaner and more sustainable future.

“Its historical significance as a city rebuilt after the destruction of World War II to become Europe’s largest international trading port exemplifies our theme of Redesigning Energy for People and Planet. Just as the city responded to the global challenges of the past to transform itself into an energy hub so too will we respond to the unprecedented crises of today to build a better, cleaner and more inclusive tomorrow.”

About the World Energy Congress

For 100 years, the World Energy Congress has convened the cooperative power of the world energy community to turn inspiration into action. As the global flagship platform of the World Energy Council, the World Energy Congress reaches across the public, private and civic sectors to connect and inspire leaders and practitioners from within and beyond energy.

Hosted in cities across the world since 1924, the Congress is a unique space for the world energy community to address challenges of energy for people and planet, catalyse new co-operations and build multiple better pathways for global energy transitions.

With around 18,000 total attendees including 7,000 delegates, 70 Ministers and a sizeable media contingent, the World Energy Congress is a globally recognised, world-class event that welcomes leaders from all corners of the world as they come together to enable solutions and deliver impact in an era of energy for people and planet. Ministers, C-suite executives, NGOs, experts, academics, and young entrepreneurs - the Congress hosts the full spectrum of the energy sector and its value chain.

The 26th World Energy Congress is now open to book participation as a delegate, exhibitor or exhibition visitor. You may also register your interest to be a sponsor or a media partner. Further information at World Energy Congress and @WECongress.

About the World Energy Council

The World Energy Council is the world’s oldest independent and impartial community of energy leaders and practitioners. We represent all energy interests. Through our Humanising Energy vision, we are working to involve more people and communities in accelerating clean and just energy transitions in all world regions.

Formed in 1923, the Council convenes diverse energy interests, with over 3,000 member organisations in around 90 countries drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia and civil society. We effectively collaborate on breakthrough impact programmes and inform local, regional and global energy agendas in support of our enduring mission: to promote the sustainable use and supply of energy for the benefit of all people. Further details at and @WECouncil

About The Netherlands Member Committee, World Energy Council

The Netherlands National Committee aims to promote sustainable energy development in The Netherlands, as a part of the World Energy Council’s energy vision. As a member of the World Energy Council community, they are committed to representing the national perspective of The Netherlands within national, regional, and global energy debates.

The committee includes a variety of members to ensure that the diverse energy interests of The Netherlands are appropriately represented. Members of the committee attend high-level events, participate in energy-focused study groups, contribute to technical research and are part of the global energy dialogue. Further details at

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