The WEC will be hosting its 2014 Executive Assembly in Cartagena, Colombia on 20–23 October, gathering the organisation’s leadership and the wider WEC community.The event will play host to the meetings of the WEC’s Officers Council and Standing Committees. At the Executive Assembly plenary, member committees will be making key decisions such as selecting the host country for the 2019 World Energy Congress, the race for which is between Brazil, Russia, and the UAE. Around 250 members from the WEC community have confirmed their attendance.
The Scenarios study group held two workshops in Buenos Aires last month (28–30 July) to explore plausible storylines for an upcoming deep-dive on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The study group’s discussion (29–30 July) built on the insights provided by regional energy experts in an open workshop on 28–29 July. From the discussions the Scenarios study group was able to formulate broad scenarios storylines for the LAC region. These storylines will be further discussed and refined in another Scenarios workshop to take place in London on 2–3 September.
The WEC’s World Energy Scenarios team will be hosting a workshop in the Latin America and Caribbean region this month. Energy strategists and other decision-makers from the region are encouraged to attend.
The regional Scenarios workshop, hosted by CACME, the WEC Argentinian committee, will be held in Buenos Aires on 28 July. At the workshop regional experts will inject their on-the-ground expertise of regional energy issues – with discussion hinged around the findings of the latest World Energy Issues Monitor – and interrogate the plausibility of broad scenarios storylines.
As most of you will have noticed, WEC Inside has evolved over the last few years. To continue to build on our success and in response to positive feedback from our members, from July, we will be producing a new monthly online publication: World Energy Focus.
WEC will be active at the UN’s first Sustainable Energy for All Forum, to take place this week (4–6 June) at the UN headquarters in New York.
At the Forum heads of state, ministers, business leaders, and civil society will be assessing progress to and charting the way forward to reach targets on energy access, energy efficiency, and renewables.
Amid growing uncertainties in the energy sector of eastern and central Asia, the WEC will be hosting closed talks with more than 60 senior energy figures including ministers and company CEOs at its World Energy Leaders’ Summit, to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, this week (21-22 May). The Summit will be co-hosted with Karim Massimov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.
The United States Energy Association (USEA), the WEC US committee, hosted its Public Policy Forum with its annual membership meeting last month (23 April) in Washington, DC.
Influential leaders from across the North American energy sector updated delegates on the latest policies and trends affecting the energy industry. US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz addressed the need for energy efficiency standards and the urgency for climate change action.
The WEC is working with the UN to organise the first annual sustainable Energy for All Forum, to be held at the UN headquarters in New York from 4 to 6 June. This collaboration is the latest of the WEC’s continual support for the UN SE4ALL initiative. The upcoming event will coincide with two years since the Rio+20 meeting, where world leaders stated that “we are all determined to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality and, through this, help to eradicate poverty and lead to sustainable development and global prosperity.”
The WEC recently presented its new report, “World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Technologies”,to a roundtable of experts and decisionmakers at the 1st Energy Efficiency Workshop on 1 April in Paris organised by the International Chamber of Commerce.
Over 55 representatives from industry associations, energy companies, federal departments, foundations and local embassies gathered in Ottawa on 13 and 14 March at an event organised by the Energy Council of Canada, the WEC national committee, to discuss the experiences, lessons learned, and useful tips arising from global operations of the energy sector.