World Energy Council

World Energy Council
Formation July 11, 1924 (1924-07-11)
Type Charity
Legal status Foundation
Purpose Energy issues
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Region served
Member Committees
Secretary General
Christoph Frei
Main organ
World Energy Congress
Affiliations WEC Foundation
WEC Services Limited
Formerly called
World Power Conference
World Energy Conference

The World Energy Council is a global and inclusive forum for thought-leadership and tangible engagement with headquarters in London. Its mission is 'To promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people'.

The idea for the foundation of the Council came from Daniel Nicol Dunlop in the 1920s. He wanted to gather experts from all around the world to discuss current and future energy issues. He organised in 1923 first national committees, which organised the first World Power Conference (WPC) in 1924. 1700 experts from 40 countries met in London to discuss energy issues. The meeting was a success and the participants decided on July 11, 1924 to establish a permanent organisation named World Power Conference. Dunlop was elected as its first Secretary General.[1] In 1968 the name was changed to World Energy Conference and in 1992 it became the World Energy Council.

The World Energy Council 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, the Council is the UN-accredited [2] 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. The World Energy Council 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. Today, the Council has Member Committees established in over 90 countries, which represent over 3000 member organizations including governments, industry and expert institutions. The World Energy Council covers all energy resources and technologies of energy supply and demand.[3]

The World Energy Council hosts the World Energy Congress, which is the world’s largest and most influential energy event covering all aspects of the energy agenda. Staged every three years, the Congress provides a platform for energy leaders and experts in all aspects of the sector to address the challenges and opportunities facing suppliers and consumers of energy.[4]

The World Energy Council's publications include an annual country-by-country Energy and Climate Policy Assessment, the Survey of Energy Resources.

World Energy Congresses

  1. London, 1924
  2. Berlin, 1930
  3. Washington, 1936
  4. London, 1950
  5. Vienna, 1956
  6. Melbourne, 1962
  7. Moscow, 1968
  8. Bukarest, 1971
  9. Detroit, 1974
  10. Istanbul, 1977
  11. Munich, 1980
  12. New Delhi, 1983
  13. Cannes, 1986
  14. Montreal, 1989
  15. Madrid, 1992
  16. Tokyo, 1995
  17. Houston, 1998
  18. Buenos Aires, 2001
  19. Sydney, 2004
  20. Rome, 2007
  21. Montreal, 2010
  22. Daegu, 2013
  23. Istanbul, 2016
  24. Abu Dhabi, 2019

Secretaries General


A report was published in 2011, in association with Oliver Wyman entitled Policies for the future: 2011 Assessment of country energy and climate policies, which ranks country performance according to an energy sustainability index.[5] The best performers were Switzerland, Sweden and France.

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