World Energy Council at COP22

10th November 2016

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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.

To keep the momentum of the World Energy Congress and the Council’s thought leadership on embracing the new energy frontiers, the World Energy Council will bring its 7 new realities messages to COP22 in Marrakesh: What does the Grand Energy Transition and these new realities mean in a Post COP21 world? How can the energy sector contribute to the activation of innovative policies, technologies and business models that will secure a sustainable energy future? Join the World Energy Council during the events listed below.
What is our message?

We haven’t done enough to decarbonise our economies: the world will have to accelerate the decarbonisation of the global GDP to a rate of 6%/yr in order to remain within the carbon budget associated with 2oC global warming. This will take considerable effort since with current trends we could reach and surpass the carbon budget between 2045 and 2055, even with optimistic assumptions on energy intensity reductions. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) agreed at COP21 provide about 1/3rd of the required ambition level. Rapid and successful transitioning of global transport to low carbon solutions presents the biggest obstacle or opportunity in achieving climate goals.

Current market signals alone are not enough to improve critical areas such as energy efficiency, improved electrical storage, penetration of clean transport and much needed adoption of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). Clear, focused and unambiguous policies and institutional frameworks are required to reinforce a wider deployment of solutions that accelerate the transition and drive consumer choice towards the most carbon and cost effective solutions.
Join the World Energy Council at the following events:

11 November, 11.30 to 13.00

UN official side event (Blue zone) / ENERGY and BUSINESS day – Arabian room

New energy realities: Building a resilient and low-carbon future.

Co-organised by the World Energy Council and the International Chamber of Commerce the session moderated by  Stuart Neil,  Senior Director External Affairs and Communications, World Energy Council,  will set the new energy realities in a post-COP21 context and explore what it takes for companies, investors and governments to innovate and build tomorrow’s sustainable energy future.

  • Luis Miguel GALINDO, Chief, Unit of Economics of Climate Change, ECLAC
  • Abyd KARMALI, Managing Director, Climate Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Markus THILL, President Region Africa, Bosch Group
  • Michael WILKINS, Managing Director, Environmental & Climate Risk Research, Global Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global
  • Gilles VERMOT DESROCHES, Senior Vice President Sustainability, Schneider Electric
  • Moderator and Introduction: Stuart Neil, Senior Director External Affairs and Communications, World Energy Council
 15 November - 7.15 to 8.30 / Hotel Le Meridien N'fis

Breakfast Briefing co-organised by World Energy Council, BDI (Germany) and ICC

The COP21 sent a significant signal to the market. The challenge to the world’s industry leaders is to maintain the current integrity of energy systems worldwide while steering towards this new transformed future. This requires new policies, strategies, and the consideration of novel and risky investments. This breakfast dialogue aims to enable an international sharing of experiences and to explore opportunities for scaling up finance for investments to build tomorrow’s low-carbon, resilient energy future.

  • Didier Sire, Senior Advisor to the Secretary General and Head of Sectoral Programmes, World Energy Council
  • Caspar Herzberg, President Africa, Schneider Electric
  • Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Environmental & Climate Risk Research, Global Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global
  • Moderated by Dr. Carsten Rolle, Federation of German Industries
  • Opening remarks: Mohamed Berrada, Chairman, ICC Morocco / Closing remarks: Holger Loesch, Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries
Register :

17 November, 9.00 to 11.00

Official UN Side event (blue zone) – Francophone/OIF pavilion

Launch of the Energy Efficiency Policies report and panel discussion, in partnership with ADEME

Join Francois Moisan, Executive Chair of the report and Didier Sire, World Energy Council’s Senior Director and more top level panellists from ADEME, ENERDATA as well as Lebanon, Senegal and Tunisia in an expert conversation about how energy efficiency provides a straight path towards energy sustainability. (In French) 
Other events supported by the World Energy Council:

Official UN ENERGY DAY coordinated

Coordinated by UNSE4ALL – UN Blue Zone

Taking a lead from the Champions’ call for Energy Day to encompass the issues of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy access, the day will showcase what works and why and will offer an opportunity to focus on the fast action necessary to drive that transition.
  • Showcase - Energy efficiency and renewable energy from 10 to 12.30
  • Dialogue - Energy Access 13.30 to 16.00
World Climate Summit 2016

Organised by World Climate Green Business Generation

13 November – all day

Es Saadi Palace (outside blue zone) / Register

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2016 (TBC)

Organised by UNEP and Climate Action

14 and 15 November – all day

4 Seasons Hotel (outside blue zone) -

 For more information or to organise a meeting at COP22: Contact Florence Mazzone 

Join the World Energy Council

Engage in strategic dialogue with the energy leaders of today and the future, build capabilities and help shape the energy future.