Global and Regional Agenda

As the UN-accredited global energy body, the WEC acts in partnership with other organisations to promote an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all.


We work closely with global organisations, such as intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to further these objectives. The WEC actively supports the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and we engage at leadership and operational levels with a range of stakeholders.

The World Energy Council is a member of the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Steering Group on Global Tracking, which provides a rigorous system for regularly reporting on global progress towards achieving the UN Secretary General’s three energy objectives based on rigorous – yet practical – technical measures.  The three objectives are: to provide universal energy access; to double the rate of global energy efficiency improvement; and to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.


Increasingly, regional organisations are playing an influential role in guiding the development of energy policy. Regional interconnection and cross-border trade takes on greater importance as the world becomes increasingly interdependent.  The WEC is a strong advocate for the important role that regional organisations can play in ensuring that the world uses energy in a sustainable way. Our Rules of Trade recommendations are currently being incorporated into regional governance processes and we provide advice for a range of stakeholders across the world.


Our World Energy Leaders’ Summits provide a private dialogue platform for our ministerial and CEO community. All of these activities, building on the foundation of our member committees’ national activities, ensure that the WEC is able to fully understand and influence the global and regional agenda.

Stefan Ulreich, Chair of Global Energy Frameworks

WP_stefan_ulreichDr Stefan Ulreich is the Chair of the WEC’s Global Energy Frameworks and of the partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

He is also a member of the WEC’s Programme Committee and Rules of Trade Knowledge Network. He works for E.ON AG in Düsseldorf in the team of Political Affairs and Corporate Communications with a special focus on Renewable Energies. Since May 2000, he has been working in the electricity business, taking care of emissions trading – first as a trader, then in the field of energy policy. Furthermore, he investigated the influence of emissions trading on the new power plant investments of the E.ON group. Mr Ulreich is Chairman of the project group “Climate Change” of the German Electricity Association and member of the EURELECTRIC working group “climate change”. Before getting involved with the energy sector, he worked for an investment bank in Frankfurt and in London.