World Energy Council

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World Energy Council
FormationJuly 11, 1924; 98 years ago (1924-07-11)
Legal statusFoundation
PurposeEnergy issues
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Region served
Member Committees in 92 countries + 2 direct members
Secretary General
Angela Wilkinson
Michael Howard
Main organ
World Energy Congress
AffiliationsWEC Foundation
WEC Services Limited
Formerly called
World Power Conference
World Energy Conference

The World Energy Council is a global 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. 1,700 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 1989 it became the World Energy Council.[2]

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[3] global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3,000 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 3,000 member organizations including governments, industry and expert institutions. The World Energy Council covers all energy resources and technologies of energy supply and demand.[4]

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. The 2019 edition took place in Abu Dhabi from 9–12 September, where it was announced that Saint Petersburg will be the host city for the next World Energy Congress in 2022.[5]

The World Energy Council's publications include annual releases like the World Energy Trilemma Index, which compares Energy security, equity and environmental sustainability on a country-by-country basis[6] (also available as an online tool[7]), as well as Insights Briefs on current energy topics such as Blockchain.[8]

Member Committees[edit]

As of March 2019 the World Energy Council has 87 member committees and 2 countries which have direct membership[9][10]

World Energy Congresses[11][edit]

  1. London, 1924
  2. Berlin, 1930
  3. Washington, 1936
  4. London, 1950
  5. Vienna, 1956
  6. Melbourne, 1962
  7. Moscow, 1968
  8. Bucharest, 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
  25. Rotterdam, 2024


  • 1995–1998: John Baker
  • 1998–2001: Jim Adam
  • 2001–2004: Antonio del Rosario
  • 2004–2007: André Caillé
  • 2007–2013: Pierre Gadonneix
  • 2013–2016: Marie-José Nadeau
  • 2016–2019: Younghoon David Kim
  • 2019–2022: Jean-Marie Dauger
  • 2022–present: Michael Howard

Secretaries General[edit]

  • 1924–1928: Daniel Nicol Dunlop
  • 1928–1966: Charles Gray
  • 1966–1986: Eric Ruttley
  • 1986–1998: Ian Lindsay
  • 1998–2008: Gerald Doucet
  • 2008–2009: Kieran O'Brian (acting)
  • 2009–2019: Christoph Frei
  • 2019–present: Angela Wilkinson


  • LEONHARD BIRNBAUM, Chair – Studies Committee
  • IBRAHIM AL-MUHANNA, Vice Chair – Special Responsibility Gulf States & Middle East
  • MATAR AL NEYADI, Vice Chair – UAE Organizing Committee, World Energy Congress 2019, Abu Dhabi
  • KLAUS-DIETER BARBKNECHT, Vice Chair – Finance
  • ALEXANDRE PERRA, Vice Chair – Europe
  • OLEG BUDARGIN, Vice Chair – Responsibility for Regional Development
  • JOSÉ DA COSTA CARVALHO NETO, Chair – Programme Committee
  • CLAUDIA CRONENBOLD, Vice Chair – Latin America&Caribbean
  • ROBERT HANF, Vice Chair – North America
  • ELHAM IBRAHIM, Vice Chair – Africa
  • SHIGERU MURAKI, Vice Chair – Asia Pacific & South Asia
  • JOSÉ ANTONIO VARGAS LLERAS, Chair – Communications & Strategy Committee

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wright, Rebecca; Shin, Hiroki; Trentmann, Frank (2013). From World Power Conference to World Energy Council: 90 Years of Energy Cooperation, 1923 - 2013 (PDF). World Energy Council. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-946121-31-1. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. ^ Wright, Rebecca; Shin, Hiroki; Trentmann, Frank (2013). From World Power Conference to World Energy Council: 90 Years of Energy Cooperation, 1923 - 2013 (PDF). World Energy Council. p. 8. ISBN 978 0 946121 31 1. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  3. ^ "World Energy Council". Archived from the original on 2014-01-04.
  4. ^ "About the World Energy Council". World Energy Council. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  5. ^ "WEC19". WEC19. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  6. ^ World Energy Council (2018). "World Energy Trilemma Index" (PDF). World Energy Council. Retrieved 2022-04-24.
  7. ^ "WEC Energy Trilemma Index Tool". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  8. ^ "World Energy Insights Brief | Blockchain: Anthology of Interviews". World Energy Council. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  9. ^ "Vietnam becomes the Council's newest direct member". Archived from the original on 2018-06-12.
  10. ^ "World Energy Council Members". World Energy Council. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  11. ^ "World Energy Congress". World Energy Council. Retrieved 2020-03-13.

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