The World Energy Council Plays Central Role at COP24

10th December 2018

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Ahead of the 24th World Energy Congress in 2019, the World Energy Council is playing an active role at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. As a UN accredited body since 1953, the World Energy Council is recognised as a reliable source of thought leadership and information to the UNFCCC process, negotiating teams and stakeholders.

Join the World Energy Council during two Sustainable Innovation Forum panel sessions listed below and the Council’s official side event organised in partnership with MIT:

Sunday, December 9, 16:15 - 17:05
Vienna House Easy Angelo Katowice, Ulica Sokolska 24

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Driving Innovation Panel: Accelerating Innovation for a Low Carbon Future
Identify the latest approaches to innovation funding that are demonstrating to be a success in driving technology developments forward. Exchange trends and best practices to enable the transition towards clean energy markets.

Moderator: Marzia Zafar, Director of Innovation and Issues Monitor, World Energy Council


Monday, December 10, 14:15 – 15:05
Vienna House Easy Angelo Katowice, Ulica Sokolska 24

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Whole Systems Thinking for Low Carbon Energy Transition
As urgency around climate change increases and technology costs fall, energy systems need to rapidly adapt to increasing renewables integration, decentralised generation and innovations in electric vehicles and battery storage. This panel explores how this can this transition be accelerated as quickly as possible.

Moderator: Sir Philip Lowe, Executive Chair, Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council


Wednesday, December 12, 15:00-16:30
WEC’s official side-event organised in partnership with MIT

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Pathways to Paris: Policy, environmental, & technological innovations to balance the energy trilemma.
What roles are national and local policy, technological, and environmental innovations playing in balancing energy for prosperity with ambitious NDCs? This session will highlight the broader landscape of innovation factors that are triggering and accelerating new energy solutions.

Moderator: Sir Philip Lowe, Executive Chair, Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council

This event will be live streamed through this link:


To arrange one to one interviews with the World Energy Council’s representatives at COP24 please contact or Natalie Vinters

For further information, contact Natalie Vinters via phone at (+44) 20 3214 0616 or email:

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