The World Energy Council (WEC) 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, WEC is the UN-accredited 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.
WEC 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.
The World Energy Council (WEC) is a uniquely positioned organisation which actively supports intergovernmental organisations, governments and companies to deliver sustainable energy systems. The WEC brings together all of the world’s economic areas, every kind of energy ranging from renewables to fossil fuels, and every kind of organisation.
The WEC’s studies are world-renowned. They communicate knowledge across a wide range of fields and support the decision-making process in policymaking and industry strategy. Thus, the WEC has a key role to play in helping the world rethink and resolve its energy challenges and in addressing the energy trilemma.
WEC’s mission is carried out through the Objects, which were approved at WEC’s founding in 1923 and modified over the years to adapt to the changing energy industry and the changes within WEC. WEC’s Objects are to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people, by:
- collating data about and undertaking and promoting research into the means of supplying and using energy having, short and long term, the greatest social benefit and the least harmful impact on the natural environment, and publishing or otherwise disseminating the useful results of such research;
- undertaking actions, including but not limited to the holding of Congresses, workshops and seminars, to facilitate such supply and use of energy; and
- collaborating with other organisations in the energy sector with compatible goals.
Simply put, the World Energy Council (WEC) is the largest global network of energy leaders and practitioners dedicated to delivering a sustainable energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Originally intended as an organisation to manage a gathering of energy experts, the WEC has evolved into one of the world’s most influential energy organisations.
The WEC continues to deliver on its original goal by organising the world’s largest all-energy event, the World Energy Congress, but the WEC now undertakes a wide range of activities to help further the vision of a sustainable energy future.
WEC informs global, regional and national energy strategies
As the UN-accredited global energy body, the WEC works with governments, agencies and companies to help inform policy development and strategic decisio-making and planning. The WEC works with partner organisations to facilitate access to our network of experts and providesimpartial advice to intergovernmental organisations and national governments on specific issues affecting what we call the energy trilemma.
WEC hosts high-level events
The WEC organises one of the most complete range of events covering all aspects of the energy sector, from small workshops on specific technologies, to regional and global events aimed at supporting policymakers, experts and industry leaders as they seek solutions and develop policies and strategies to address the energy trilemma.
- World Energy Congress takes place every three years and is the world’s largest all-energy event.It provides a platform for energy leaders and experts in all aspects of the sector to gather and address the challenges and opportunities both for energy suppliers and users.
- World Energy Leaders’ Summits (WELS) are organised twice a year by the WEC for its global energy leaders community to enable an ongoing high-level dialogue on critical issues affecting the energy world. WELS are generally held in countries of critical interest to the global energy situation and are co-hosted with the energy minister of the host country.
- Regional events are held annually or bi-annually.They are organised by the WEC’s national member committees working in partnership to create a platform to address the challenges facing neighbouring countries, regional blocks, and companies seeking solutions in a multilateral environment.
- National events are organised regularly by our national member committees.They aimto share knowledge, update members on the latest WEC studies, and provide an opportunity to address the challenges facing the national sector in detail, while leveraging our global network to engage with internationally renown experts.
- WEC has a privileged network of industry leaders and practitioners who meet regularly to share their expertise and work on the globally renowned WEC Studies.
Since it was created in 1923, when visionary Daniel Dunlop brought together 40 countries to discuss the problems facing the global energy industry, the WEC has been non-governmental and non-commercial. Founded in the aftermath of war, it 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 without ever straying from the initial concept of an organisation that is impartial, objective and realistic in its analyses and in its agendas for action in order to promote sustainable energy for all.
Today, the WEC has almost 100 national member committees, and its member list includes governments, businesses and expert organisations. The World Energy Congress, held over 20 times since the WEC’s founding, is recognised as the world’s premier energy gathering. As we move forward through the 21st century, the WEC continues to grow and expand, building on its long and stable history as one of the key players on the global energy scene.