In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our shared vision of humanising energy transition was formed to remind us of the importance of energy in the lives of us all, and the role of us all in managing energy transition. As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches most corners of the world, pulling together as a community of deep expertise has never been more important - to share experiences and lessons learned, and better prepare for and shape what comes next. Our role as a credible, responsible and impartial value-adding “global voice” for whole energy system movement has never been more critical.

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Promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all

“To promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people.”

The World Energy Council is the principal impartial global network of energy leaders and practitioners, representing the entire energy spectrum. Our mission is to promote an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all.

The World Energy Council informs global, regional and national energy strategies. This is achieved through our Transition Toolkit, publishing authoritative studies, hosting high-level events, and facilitating the world’s energy policy and strategic dialogue. The World Energy Council implements a wide range of activities to help further the vision of a sustainable energy future. The Council is also the organiser of the world’s largest all-energy event, the World Energy Congress.

The World Energy Council’s studies are world-renowned.  They communicate knowledge across a wide range of topics and support the decision-making process in policymaking and industry strategy. The Council plays a key role in helping the world rethink and resolve its energy challenges, including the energy trilemma.

  • The World Energy Council works with governments, agencies and companies to help inform policy development and strategic decision-making and planning. The Council facilitates access to our network of experts and provides impartial advice to intergovernmental organisations and national governments on specific issues affecting what we call the energy trilemma.
  • The World Energy Council organises one of the most complete range of events covering all aspects of the energy sector. This ranges from small workshops on specific technologies, to regional and global events aimed at supporting policymakers, experts and industry leaders.
  • Foralmost 100 years, the World Energy Council has been producing highly regarded studies and publications. These are essential tools, co-created by our members from around the world in governments, industry, ifinance, IGOs, NGOs and academia looking for impartial information to inform their decision-making process.
  • The true strength of the World Energy Council comes from its network of over 3,000 organisations and from its member committees in over 90 countries.  The World Energy Council’s autonomous member committees provide a powerful forum for debate and knowledge-sharing at national and global level. This network ensures that the World Energy Council is the most representative and knowledgeable energy organisation in the world.

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Accredited by the United Nations, the World Energy Council is the world’s leading member-based global energy network. We are independent and non-political, working dynamically across the whole energy sector. We are more than just a think tank. We are an energy experience tank, bringing together energy leaders, pioneers, influencers and practitioners to develop strategies for successful energy transition.

The World Energy Council has more than 3,000 member organisations located in nearly 100 countries. Member organisations are drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders.

We actively support intergovernmental organisations, governments and companies to deliver sustainable energy systems. The Council incorporates all the world’s economic areas, every kind of organisation and every kind of energy, from renewables to fossil fuels.

The Council works across the entire energy system, including all forms of power and utilities. This also includes transmission, government, resources, finance, technology, transport, insurance and consultancy. The World Energy Council is the only truly international and impartial energy organisation. This means that energy leaders and experts work together, sharing best practice and experience to promote a robust energy transition.

Our network comprises thought and impact leadership, including energy ministers, policy-makers and C-suite leaders. The Council’s global membership also includes innovators and start-ups, practitioners, strategists, international institutions and academia.

The World Energy Council has developed an interactive tool - The World Energy Issues Monitor. The Monitor is an annual reality check of 2,000+ leaders worldwide focusing on the challenges of energy transition.

The maps present the key energy issues, regional and local variances, and how these have changed over time. The tool allows the preparation of different maps for comparison. You can manipulate data by geography, time or by highlighting specific energy issues.

This tool can be used by energy leaders, shapers and innovators to understand regional perspective about national and global energy transitions. The Issues Monitor tool provides a window to the issues, concerns and action priorities that global energy leaders are focused on. 

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Our mission focuses on a sustainable energy future. Globally, a billion people live without access to energy infrastructure. Climate targets are missed. Pressure increases on energy security. A balance between energy security, equity and the environment must be met in order to achieve sustainability.

With this in mind the World Energy Council has developed the Energy Trilemma Index, which enables better policy development by providing a clear framework to deliver the energy transformation and make sustainable energy systems a reality.

The World Energy Council’s membership and remit spans the entire global energy landscape. This includes public and private sector organisations, technology, and information. The World Energy Council informs the energy debate and provides practical tools to support impact communities in accelerating transition efforts.

The Energy Transition Toolkit can be used to generate quality dialogue with a diversity of energy stakeholders across the value chain. The goal is to encourage collaborative action, including experimentation, futures thinking, and empowering sustainable transactions. The Toolkit comprises five Insights Tools and provides ideas on how to use them to analyse and address energy transition challenges.

The World Energy Council invests in the research, tools, platform and communities required to accelerate energy transition.

The World Energy Council was created in 1923, when visionary Daniel Dunlop brought together 40 countries to discuss the problems facing the global energy industry. Ever since, the World Energy Council has been non-governmental and non-commercial. The Council has withstood many changes, from geopolitical and economic upheavals to a complete shift in the way people understand and use energy. It has had to adapt to a changing world. Throughout history, it has never strayed from the initial concept of an organisation that is impartial, objective and realistic. As a result, its analyses and agendas for action have always promoted sustainable energy for all.

Today, The World Energy Council has almost 100 national member committees. Its member list includes governments, businesses and expert organisations. The World Energy Congress, held over 20 times since the organisation’s founding, is the world’s premier energy gathering. The World Energy Council continues to build on its long, stable history as a key player on the global energy scene.

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The World Energy Council is both a registered charity and a trading subsidiary. The Council is an officially accredited UN partner organisation and its activities are coordinated through its secretariat in London.

The World Energy Council has Member Committees in nearly 100 countries with its secretariat based in London.  The work we do is varied and we enjoy working with bright and talented individuals to help accomplish our mission of sustainable energy for all.


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World Energy Council - the global energy network

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