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The final countdown to the 26th World Energy Congress has commenced and participants around the world are eagerly anticipating what will be the most significant international energy and climate convening of the next decade.

To be held from 22-25 April in Rotterdam – the heart of Europe’s energy transition – at the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre, the event will bring together global delegates, Ministers, C-suite executives, NGOs, students, activists, academics and other energy representatives to unite all stakeholders under the theme: Redesigning Energy for People and Planet.

International in scope, the Congress will convene the leading energy voices from all corners of the world, including Africa, China, the Middle East and other regions actively shaping the future energy agenda. There is no greater opportunity to be at the centre of leadership thinking and constructive action on energy transitions, says the event organizing Committee.

“For 100 years we have convened power for the common good”, says Dr Angela Wilkinson, World Energy Council Secretary General and CEO. “At our centennial World Energy Congress in Rotterdam, we will harness the collective experience and expertise of global energy leadership to make the world’s energy systems fit for purpose.”

With world class speakers, impact-driven programming and a focus on humanizing energy, here’s what to expect at the 26th World Energy Congress:

Diverse programming:

The 2024 programme will explore the breadth and depth of the rapidly evolving energy sector – from shifting technologies and the question of financing to the impact of geopolitics; levers accelerating energy transitions; and the changing needs of energy users.

World-class speakers:

Over 60 impact-focussed sessions led by a range of world-class speakers including:

  • His Excellency Rob Jetten, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, the Netherlands
  • Xin Baoan, Chairman, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and Chairman, China Electricity Council (CEC)
  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • James Ferguson Skea, IPCC Chair
  • Mary Robinson, Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity college Dublin

Action-oriented themes:

The programme will revolve around five core topics central to progressing clean and inclusive energy transitions:

  • Navigating new energy maps: Bridging the new and emerging realities of global energy transitions
  • Refueling the future: Leveraging a greater mix of energy sources, solutions, and services
  • Humanizing energy: Engaging people and communities in making global energy transitions happen
  • Pathfinding with the world energy trilemma: Connecting energy security, affordability and sustainability
  • Closing the gaps: Enabling faster, fairer and more far-reaching energy transitions.

Inclusivity:

From business, government, community leaders and policy makers, to civil society, entrepreneurs, future leaders and media – the World Energy Congress offers attendees a unique opportunity to connect with the brightest minds, creative thinkers and key decision makers leading the future of energy.

The World Energy Council is the world’s oldest independent and impartial community of energy leaders and practitioners. Through our Humanizing Energy vision, we involve more people and communities in accelerating clean and just energy transitions in all world regions.

Formed in 1923, the Council has convened diverse interests from across the full energy ecosystem for a century, and today has over 3,000 member organizations and a presence in more than 100 countries. Our global network draws from governments, private and state corporations, academia and civil society, as well as current and future energy leaders.

We effectively collaborate on impact programmes and inform local, regional and global energy agendas in support of our enduring mission: to promote the sustainable use and supply of energy for the benefit of all people.

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