Year’s End Message from Secretary General & CEO, World Energy Council
It has been a year of significant changes – the energy sector and the World Energy Council are entering a new era! It is important we take a moment to reflect on the key highlights of 2019, which included a successful Congress, a regular series of insightful publications, active engagement of partners and members in nearly 90 countries and a further improvement in our unique energy transition leadership toolkit.
The Wind of Energy Transition Seminar organized by WEC Italy in Rome
WEC Italy, in partnership with ERG and E2i Energie Speciali and with the patronage of Elettricità Futura and Anev, has organized the closed-door seminar “The Wind of Energy Transition”, helded in Rome on November 29, 2019. The seminar has been an occasion for a multi-stakeholder dialogue between institutions and companies involved in the wind sector, who shared experiences and information on national regulations and projects for wind parks in European countries, offering very interesting insights about sector trends and challenges to be faced.
Hydrogen Global Charter is launched
The World Energy Council launched the Hydrogen Global Charter on the 20th of November 2019. The initiative aims to be a platform to recognize the momentum of hydrogen as a complement to electrification as well as the long-term storage option for renewable. This industry-leading initiative counted two signatories on the very first day – Snam and SWEN – which have attached their pre-existing investments to Hydrogen Global, collectively announcing nearly 1 billion euros invested in hydrogen. Later the same month the First gas joined as a signatory. Firstgas is the first New Zealand company to commit to the Charter.
Hydrogen Innovation Forum in London
Every year, around 35 new Future Energy Leaders are selected in a competitive process to join the Council’s FEL-100 programme and become a member of this exclusive global network. Could this future energy leader be part of your national network? The World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ Programme – the FEL-100 is designed to inspire, grow and develop the world’s energy leaders of tomorrow. It serves as an exclusive platform to engage ambitious young energy professionals in national, regional and international activities and events. Its objective is to build up participants to become the next generation of energy leaders capable of solving most pressing challenges facing the industry.
Berlin Energy Day 2019 points the way to a climate-neutral future
On November 7th, the World Energy Council Germany along with its international experts, explored the question of how Europe and the world can shape a defossilised energy system. Is Power-to-X a key technological driver of this transformation? Is the hydrogen economy a national or international solution? Do we need new solutions beyond CO2 pricing and negative emissions to counter climate change? Approximately 200 participants contributed their assessments using real-time surveys.
The Colombian National Member Committee held an international E-mobility event
Electric Mobility is a reality in Colombia, on November 6th and 7th, World Energy Council Colombia held the III Encuentro Internacional de Movilidad Eléctrica with an attendance of 1150 people, the presence of three ministers and one deputy minister. The policy of 3D-decarbonization, digitization and decentralization – is taking hold worldwide, and Colombia is working to follow this trend. Electric Mobility plays a key role in this policy by increasing the electrification of cities, considering that an electric vehicle can require the same amount of power as 1 to 3 homes
The Australian government joins the Hydrogen Global community
The World Energy Council is delighted to include Australia’s efforts in the Hydrogen Global platform to enable the production of clean hydrogen and hydrogen based fuels. Australia will become a world leader in hydrogen production and exports thanks to a new fund set up by the Australian Government.
The Congress reflections seminar in Tokyo by the Japanese MC
The Japan Energy Association (JEA), the World Energy Council’s Japanese member committee, presented the highlights of the 24th World Energy Congress to its members at a special gathering in Tokyo in October 2019. Seven speakers presented the Congress updates as well as the latest industry trends to around 70 delegates from Japan’s energy sector.