World Energy Council (WEC)

The World Energy Council is the foremost multi-energy organization in the world today. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all.

Established in 1923, the World Energy Council is the leading global representative body of the energy industry with 3,000 member organizations in more than 90 countries, including most of the largest energy producing and energy consuming countries. The organization covers all types of energy, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro and renewables. The Energy Council of Canada is a founding member of the World Energy Council.

Fundamental to the achievement of the World Energy Council Business Plan and Goals is relevant and strong fact-based and independent energy policy research program, a series of global and regional Forums, and convening the World Energy Congress every three years.

The World Energy Congress is the premier international, multi-energy forum for participants to better understand energy issues and solutions from a global perspective. It brings together more than 2,500 top world leaders in the field of energy, coming from industry, governments, and international organizations, as well as the media, universities and energy industry associations. The most recent Congress was held in Daegu, South Korea in October 2013. The 23rd World Energy Congress will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2016.

World Energy Strategic Study Groups

World Energy Resources

The World Energy Resources report covers 12 major fossil fuel and renewable sources, with national assessment for all of the WEC's member countries. For over 80 years this highly regarded publication has been a reference tool for governments, industry, investors, IGOs, NGOs and academia.

World Energy Trilemma

Delivering policies which address energy security, universal access to affordable energy services, and environmentally sensitive production and use of energy is one of the most formidable challenges facing government and industry. The World Energy Trilemma work programme supports an evolving dialogue to develop knowledge and understanding of effective strategies and policies, and thus deliver the necessary transformation of the energy system.

World Energy Issues Monitor

The annual World Energy Issues Monitor assesses the degree of impact and uncertainty for over 30 key issues in the energy sector across four categories: Macroeconomic risks; Geopolitics and Regional Issues; Business Environment; Energy Vision and Technologies. The Monitor highlights the regional variations across 90 countries to better understand differing priorities, and its national deep-dives showcase specific areas of concern for national energy policy. The Issues Monitor also shows trends relating to specific technology solutions.

World Energy Scenarios

WEC has initiated an open, inclusive and transparent process to derive a set of energy scenarios to 2050. These scenarios will enable policymakers and leaders to gain a better understanding of the developments likely to be shaping the energy transformation to 2050. Using WEC's distinctive approach and building on the in-depth knowledge of its extensive member network, two realistic scenario stories have been developed using an explorative, rather than the more commonly used normative, methodology: a market-facilitated scenario - consumer-drive with focus on achieving growth through low-cost energy - and a government-led scenario - voter-driven with focus on energy security and national and regional measures to increase share of renewables in energy mix.

WEC Energy Perspectives Study Groups

  • Cleaner Fossil Fuels Systems
  • Cost of Energy Technologies
  • Energy Access and Village Inventory
  • Energy Efficiency Policies and Technologies
  • Global Electricity Initiative
  • Performance of Generating Plants
  • Rules of Trade
  • WEC Global and Regional Agenda 

As the UN-accredited global energy body, the World Energy Council acts in partnership with other organizations to promote an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Regional programmes are in place for each of the five global World Energy Council Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America/the Caribbean, and North America.


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