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World Energy Council

The World Energy Council is a global and inclusive forum for thought-leadership and tangible engagement with headquarters in London. Its mission is 'To promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people'.

World Energy Council
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FormationJuly 11, 1924; 94 years ago (1924-07-11)
TypeCharity
Legal statusFoundation
PurposeEnergy issues
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Region served
Global
Membership
Member Committees in 92 countries + 2 direct members
Secretary General
Christoph Frei
Chair
Younghoon David Kim
Co-Chair
Jean-Marie Dauger
Main organ
World Energy Congress
AffiliationsWEC Foundation
WEC Services Limited
Websitewww.worldenergy.org
Formerly called
World Power Conference
World Energy Conference

The idea for the foundation of the Council came from Daniel Nicol Dunlop in the 1920s. He wanted to gather experts from all around the world to discuss current and future energy issues. He organised in 1923 first national committees, which organised the first World Power Conference (WPC) in 1924. 1700 experts from 40 countries met in London to discuss energy issues. The meeting was a success and the participants decided on July 11, 1924 to establish a permanent organisation named World Power Conference. Dunlop was elected as its first Secretary General.[1] In 1968 the name was changed to World Energy Conference and in 1989 it became the World Energy Council[2].

The World Energy Council is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Formed in 1923, the Council is the UN-accredited [3] global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders. The World Energy Council informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue. Today, the Council has Member Committees established in over 90 countries, which represent over 3000 member organizations including governments, industry and expert institutions. The World Energy Council covers all energy resources and technologies of energy supply and demand.[4]

The World Energy Council hosts the World Energy Congress, which is the world’s largest and most influential energy event covering all aspects of the energy agenda. Staged every three years, the Congress provides a platform for energy leaders and experts in all aspects of the sector to address the challenges and opportunities facing suppliers and consumers of energy.[5]

The World Energy Council's publications include an annual country-by-country Energy and Climate Policy Assessment, the Survey of Energy Resources. [6]

Contents

Member CommitteesEdit

As of July 2018 the World Energy Council has 92 member committees and 2 countries which have direct membership[7][8]

World Energy Congresses[9]Edit

  1. London, 1924
  2. Berlin, 1930
  3. Washington, 1936
  4. London, 1950
  5. Vienna, 1956
  6. Melbourne, 1962
  7. Moscow, 1968
  8. Bukarest, 1971
  9. Detroit, 1974
  10. Istanbul, 1977
  11. Munich, 1980
  12. New Delhi, 1983
  13. Cannes, 1986
  14. Montreal, 1989
  15. Madrid, 1992
  16. Tokyo, 1995
  17. Houston, 1998
  18. Buenos Aires, 2001
  19. Sydney, 2004
  20. Rome, 2007
  21. Montreal, 2010
  22. Daegu, 2013
  23. Istanbul, 2016
  24. Abu Dhabi, 2019

ChairsEdit

  • 1995 – 1998: John Baker
  • 1998 – 2001: Jim Adam
  • 2001 – 2004: Antonio del Rosario
  • 2004 – 2007: André Caillé
  • 2007 – 2013: Pierre Gadonneix
  • 2013 - 2016: Marie-José Nadeau
  • 2016 - today: Younghoon David Kim

Secretaries GeneralEdit

  • 1924 – 1928: Daniel Nicol Dunlop
  • 1928 – 1966: Charles Gray
  • 1966 – 1986: Eric Ruttley
  • 1986 – 1998: Ian Lindsay
  • 1998 – 2008: Gerald Doucet
  • 2008 - 2009: Kieran O'Brian (acting)
  • 2009 - today: Christoph Frei

OfficersEdit

  • YOUNGHOON DAVID KIM, Chair
  • JEAN-MARIE DAUGER, Co-chair & Chair – Studies Committee
  • IBRAHIM AL-MUHANNA, Vice Chair – Special Responsibility Gulf States/Middle East
  • MATAR AL NEYADI, Vice Chair – 2019 Congress, Abu Dhabi
  • NUER BAIKELI, Vice Chair – Asia
  • KLAUS-DIETER BARBKNECHT, Vice Chair – Finance
  • LEONHARD BIRNBAUM, Vice Chair – Europe
  • OLEG BUDARGIN, Vice Chair – Responsibility for Regional Development
  • JOSÉ DA COSTA CARVALHO NETO, Chair – Programme Committee
  • CLAUDIA CRONENBOLD, Vice Chair – Latin America/Caribbean
  • ROBERT HANF, Vice Chair – North America
  • ELHAM IBRAHIM, Vice Chair – Africa
  • SHIGERU MURAKI, Vice Chair – Asia Pacific/South Asia
  • JOSÉ ANTONIO VARGAS LLERAS, Chair – Communications & Strategy Committee

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wright, Rebecca; Shin, Hiroki; Trentmann, Frank (2013). From World Power Conference to World Energy Council: 90 Years of Energy Cooperation, 1923 - 2013 (PDF). World Energy Council. p. 13. ISBN 978 0 946121 31 1. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. ^ Wright, Rebecca; Shin, Hiroki; Trentmann, Frank (2013). From World Power Conference to World Energy Council: 90 Years of Energy Cooperation, 1923 - 2013 (PDF). World Energy Council. p. 8. ISBN 978 0 946121 31 1. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  3. ^ http://unterm.un.org/DGAACS/unterm.nsf/8fa942046ff7601c85256983007ca4d8/acf19b49281081c7852569fa0000ece8?OpenDocument
  4. ^ http://www.worldenergy.org/about-wec/
  5. ^ http://www.worldenergy.org/about-wec/what-wec-does/world-energy-congress/
  6. ^ http://www.worldenergy.org/publications
  7. ^ https://www.worldenergy.org/news-and-media/news/vietnam-becomes-the-councils-newest-direct-member/
  8. ^ https://www.worldenergy.org/wec-network/member-committees/
  9. ^ https://www.worldenergy.org/events/global-events/the-world-energy-congress/

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