A Message from the World Energy Council

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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Why our work is important

Accredited by the United Nations, the World Energy Council is the world’s leading member-based energy network.

We work with and for our diverse global member communities sharing relevant insights, the latest thinking and bespoke tools and platforms to help shift thinking to action. We also connect experts within our network and offer events and experiences to build on this initial action and deliver much-needed impact.

Energy transition is used to broadly describe long-term structural change in energy systems. Today energy transition is largely driven by the need to move away from fossil-based to renewable energy systems to limit climate change. This is one of the three D’s driving energy transition - decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation.

The need for successful energy transition is urgent. We support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 to provide quality access to clean and sustainable energy for all by 2030. But the reality is that the world is still far off achieving this goal. Today, the main challenge we face is to better manage energy transition in synergy with the transitions in society, industry and the environment.

Energy transition is a complex area. There is no ‘one size fits all’ global solution and we do not have a single vision of successful energy transition. A range of solutions is required for the different needs and challenges throughout the world.

We strongly believe that engaging with the whole energy system enables new perspectives and better ideas to be generated. That is why the World Energy Council works across the whole energy system, including:

  • all forms of energy
  • power and utilities
  • transmission
  • government
  • resources
  • finance
  • technology
  • transport
  • insurance
  • consultancy
  • It’s estimated that just under 1 billion people are living without access to electricity access
  • Nearly 2.7 billion people lack access to clean cooking facilities, relying instead on biomass, coal or kerosene as their primary cooking fuel
  • The use of renewable energy resources as a proportion of total energy consumption has steadily increased since the 2000s; in 2017 it was about 10%
  • The rise in ‘prosumers’ – people both producing and using energy - is shifting how we power our homes and our communities. It is considered one of the most exciting trends in renewable energy

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