The 24th World Energy Congress opened in Abu Dhabi on the 9th of September in 2019. The event kicked off with welcome addresses from H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates and Younghoon David Kim outgoing Chair of the World Energy Council.
H.E. Al Mazrouei started by explaining how energy for prosperity is in the UAE’s dna and history. He highlighted the country’s progress in diversifying it’s energy mix with renewables playing a key role in their energy programmes. His Excellency then appealed to the world to continue work together to solve common energy challenges. Chairman Kim encouraged the audience to take a fresh look at innovation, saying “the revolution is already here.”
While Energy for Prosperity is the theme of the 24th World Energy Congress, a key focus is emerging the importance of innovation to deliver a successful energy transition.
A Welcome Letter from Secretary General & CEO of World Energy Council, Dr. Christoph Frei
"As the first World Energy Congress to be hosted by a Middle-Eastern country, this event represents a significant milestone. Not only is the region a major energy player, it is also undergoing critical transition efforts to sustainable energy."
As part of its collaboration with dena, the German Energy Agency, with support of the DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority), has brought over 80 finalists from the 2019 Start-up Energy Transition 100 (SET100) Awards in Berlin to the World Energy Congress.
The SET Innovation Hub is part of the international exhibition at the World Energy Congress. More than 80 start-ups from the Top 100 list of this year's Start Up Energy Transition will present its innovative solutions for a global energy transition.
The Future Energy Leaders will be holding their own separate Congress as part of the overall event. The Council’s Chairman, David Kim opened the event highlighting the FEL yearly vision and plan which will be released at the end of the event.
The 2019 World Energy Scenarios: Exploring Innovation Pathways to 2040 were launched today at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi in partnership with Accenture Strategy and the Paul Scherrer Institute. The Scenarios are part of the Concil’s Transition Leader’s Toolkit. The Scenarios present three global storylines to 2040: Modern Jazz, Hard Rock and Unfinished Symphony and supports systems thinking, comparative analysis, regional summaries, and reflects deeper shifts in the energy system innovation landscape.
"The Future of Nuclear: Diverse Harmonies in the Energy Transition" highlights the role of nuclear energy in the global energy transition.