Anteprima WEC Inside - 1 Febbraio 2014

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Il WEC Inside è una pubblicazione bimestrale del World Energy Council (WEC) contenente interviste a rappresentanti del WEC e dei Comitati Nazionali, overview e aggiornamenti sulle attività recenti e future del WEC in tutto il mondo e, approfondimenti sulle ultime news in ambito energetico.

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Anteprima WEC Inside - 1 Febbraio 2014

  1. 1. WEC Inside         1–15 February 2014  Welcome to WEC Inside, your exclusive briefing from your WEC network News  World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue held in Abu Dhabi The World Energy Council held its inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue (WELD) in Abu Dhabi last week (21 January). Opening the event, His Excellency Suhail Al Mazourei, UAE energy minister, commented on how renewable energy is becoming a viable solution even for countries rich in fossil fuels. In his address, he explained that in the UAE, which has prioritised nuclear, renewables, and gas, renewable energy is set to grow as it competes with LNG imports. As most GCC states (except Qatar) do not have enough gas to support the demand in elec- Suhail Al Mazourei, UAE energy minister, opened the World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue in Abu Dhabi tricity growth, he believed that the renewables industry has the potential to benchmark itself with nuclear and natural gas. Marie-José Nadeau, WEC Chair and event cohost, recognised the UAE’s achievements in diversifying its energy mix despite being a fossil-fuel rich country by incorporating renewables as a strategic resource. The WELD gathered senior decision-makers from government, business, and multi-lateral organisations. Notable speakers include H.E. Abdul Hussein Ali Mirza, Bahrain electricity minister; Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, USA; and Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the IEA. Several issues of critical concern to the Middle East dominated the agenda, including the water– energy nexus, the impact of the boom in unconventionals in the Middle East, and the future of energy subsidies. The event was organised alongside the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), an annual conference promoting the growth of new and renewable forms of energy. From left: Abdul Hussein Ali Mirza, Bahrain electricity minister; Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, USA Marie-José Nadeau spoke at a WFES keynote panel on the day before. Other panellists included Maria van der Hoeven. Mrs Nadeau also held talks with Mary Robinson, former president of the Republic of Ireland and head of the Mary Robinson Foundation to discuss how to advance social justice in the energy sector. News continued on page 2 ... Interview  Energy leaders will again descend on Johannesburg for this month’s Africa Energy Indaba, the WEC’s Africa regional event. Brian Statham, Chair of the Indaba, tells us more. What’s new at the Indaba? What are some of the highlights? We are always trying to stimulate new thinking and catalyse the search for solutions to the energy challenges facing the African continent. Consequently, while the essential framework of the event remains constant, there are also new features. There are a number of key firsts. It is 12 years since a Chair of the WEC attended an event of the South African National Energy Association. We are indeed very pleased that Mrs Marie-José Nadeau is coming to Johannesburg to participate in this event. In conjunction with the WEC we will be holding two “Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue” sessions. These sessions will be a first and we plan to use them to enrich the overall Indaba programme. Moreover, the 2014 event will feature the flagship studies of the WEC. The opening plenary panel will have the energy trilemma as its theme and the closing plenary panel will deal with energy scenarios. The Gauteng province has embraced Indaba as an important opportunity for business matchmaking and specifically the critical issue of infrastructure development. Also, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will be holding a partner event in conjunction with the Indaba. Apart from the “firsts” mentioned earlier, we have a very credible faculty of panel members who will be talking about the energy issues facing the African continent. The themes for the 10 panels are closely aligned with the critical uncertainties facing African energy leaders identified: decentralised energy supply, skills development for energy, energy–water–food nexus, carbon management, role of government and market in energy security, political volatility and funding risk, energy for transport, regional interconnection, electricity storage, and realisation of the potential of gas. The exhibition is well supported with a greater diversity of countries and technologies represented. 1   How has Africa’s energy agenda changed since the same time last year? The African energy agenda has not changed much since the same time last year. Africa has such a deficit in terms of providing energy systems that are secure, sustainable and reach all citizens that it will be many years before the priorities shift. Energy access remains a critical issue, especially for sub-Saharan Africa. The availability of capital, both financial and know-how, also remains a key Brian Statham is Chair of the South African Energy Association the WEC’s South African member committee which is co-organising the Africa Energy Indaba. He also chairs the WEC’s Studies Committee. concern. The global climate framework is also a key uncertainty for Africa, as it is for most regions. Why should people attend the Indaba? The vast African continent is endowed with plentiful resources; both physical and human. Sadly these resources remain largely undeveloped and the potential is unrealised. Africa Energy Indaba is specifically structured as a means for Africans, and others, who are interested in unlocking Africa’s potential to come together in search of solutions. This is not a once-off event. It is an integral part of an ongoing process. There are many opportunities for those with vision and the courage to address these issues. This is the forum where delegates will lay the foundations for an exciting future. ■ The 2014 World Energy Issues Monitor will be released on 18 February at the African Energy Indaba. Member Committees will receive the report this week in advance of its global launch. ■ 1–15 February 2014 WEC Inside

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