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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Innovation Community

Building capabilities through innovation

Innovation lies at the heart of the energy transition

Integrating innovators and innovative thinking with our work programmes, activities, experiences and communities is a priority on the Council’s agenda. We create platforms to accelerate and deepen capabilities that can help to drive the energy transition. We achieve impact by identifying innovators, matchmaking within our communities and developing those talented individuals who will become our future inspirational energy leaders.

Securing the sustainable supply and use of energy that meets the needs of our planet relies on the successful development and delivery of innovative solutions. This includes transformative innovation in infrastructure, decarbonisation, policy, new technologies, business models and much more.

“We need to think of innovation not as one technology choice versus another, or substituting old technologies for new, but a whole-systems transformation. To do this we need to bring together key innovation accelerators, such as technology, finance, behaviour and new business models.”

Angela Wilkinson, Senior Director of Scenarios and Business Insights

Start Up Energy Transition

Supporting our innovation agenda, our annual Start Up Energy Transition (SET100) Award, in cooperation with the German Energy Agency (dena), is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide who creating innovative solutions and building agile organisations to accelerate the energy transition. 

SET brings together the most outstanding international start-ups in the field of energy transition with key stakeholders in the energy sector including investors, industry leader incumbents, media and government.

“With the 100 top international start-ups in the field of energy transition and climate protection, the #SET100 list is both an encouraging and fascinating proof that energy transition and climate protection can succeed…the companies on the #SET100 list show how we can move forward with innovation and entrepreneurship. It's up to us what we make of it. With the SET initiative, we offer promising start-ups an international platform to become better known and attract investors and other supporters.”

Andreas Kuhlmann, dena Chief Executive

SET Awards 2019

More than 450 applications from 80 countries were entered into this year’s SET Awards. After long-listing the top 100 most innovative and effective business models in the areas of energy transition and climate protection, the judges awarded five start-ups.

Find out more about the SET Award winners 

SET Awards winners are pioneering innovative transformation in energy. Hear from some of our 2019 winners.

Innovation insights

We are leading an innovation work programme that digs deeper into the role of new resources and business models, technology, policy and social innovation. The series includes Insight Briefs, innovative collaboration and experiences and interactive workshops to engage energy stakeholders and enable innovation to be shared, adopted and implemented. 

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Experiences and events

We work with our diverse global member communities around the world, sharing know-how, helping to clarify strategic choices and better options, and develop new timely and deeper insights which are essential in translating new energy visions into reality.

We connect and engage experts within our network and leverage interactive events and experiences and build digital platforms to build, equip, and enable a truly global community of energy transition leaders, curate leadership learning experiences, build skills and capabilities and create impact communities.

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“As technological opportunities evolve and diversify, the energy sector needs to adjust its focus towards the right investments and innovations that accelerate from a systemic view. Operators need to discuss how they want to secure flexibility and supply; how they create suitable infrastructures; and how they want to enhance new possibilities to connect and turn consumers into dynamic actors.

The World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi gives us all an opportunity to enhance our understanding of political, economic, and technological forces and trends shaping the energy industry. That’s why we look forward to connecting with our customers and thought leaders from across the globe to discuss and collaborate on providing energy solutions for today....and tomorrow.”

Lisa Davis, CEO, Gas and Power, Siemens AG

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Energy Pulse – what’s happening now in energy

We’re launching a programme to keep our finger on the energy pulse. This includes regular event or topic-based global surveys to identify emerging trends and opinions.

What do you need to better manage your energy consumption?

First in our series is a global survey to understand consumer behaviour towards a well-managed whole system energy transition. The survey will run through October. Please take two minutes to complete the survey. 

Individual consumers have a major role to play and we want to hear from you! 

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