Side Events and Strategic Partnerships

09 - 12 September 2019   |   ADNEC
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

Side Events and Strategic Partnerships

The 24th World Energy Congress is a global platform, boasting a wide range of public and private side events.


Start UP Energy Transition - 100

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Start Up Energy Transition (SET) is a leading international platform supporting innovation in energy transition, comprised of the annual SET Award and SET Tech Festival. Powered by the German energy agency (dena) in cooperation with the World Energy Council, the initiative connects start-ups, international venture capitalists, investors and partners in the public sector. SET will present top 100 international startups at the 24th World Energy Congress. Over 400 start-ups from around the globe competed to showcase their solutions to the challenges of climate change and the global energy transition at the SET Awards in Berlin earlier this year.

Innovation Hub:
Sponsored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, they will be located in an innovation hub dedicated to showing their products and services, and the business models behind them.

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International energy forum's 8th Asian ministerial energy ROUNDTABLE

10 September, 8:30 - 14:30  I By invitation only

Under the theme “Energy Security in the Age of Change: Empowering Responsible Growth in Asia and the World” the AMER8 will be held alongside the 24th World Energy Congress, building on the global energy dialogue and outcomes of the AMER7, the Katowice Climate Change Conference, the latest G20 Energy Ministers Meeting. The Ministerial will give a new impetus to the energy dialogue, calling for mutually supportive relationships between producers and consumers, optimal use of International Energy Forum’s:
8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable the neutral IEF platform to build a global consensus on reliable and realistic energy transformations, rational responses to the global energy challenges we face together and renewed collective action to achieve shared UN goals to combat climate change.

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Leadership excellence for women (LEWAS)

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The LEWAS Symposium was created when a group of women decided there needed to be a forum in the GCC that provided a place to: celebrate women’s achievements, learn from well-respected women, have an opportunity to network, and improve upon knowledge.

Over the years, LEWAS has managed to gather an unprecedented amount of talented, empowered and motivated women leaders to engage in discussions and panels to address the issue.

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land art generator initiative 

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LAGI 2019 presents a new kind of challenge from the Land Art Generator Initiative. The 24th World Energy Congress will be the venue for the exhibition of 25 shortlisted projects designed for Masdar City.

LAGI 2019—Return to the Source—invites architects to present their vision for what public art looks like within the public spaces of Masdar City—the global capital of sustainability.

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Global Energy Association


10 September 2019, 11:00 - 12:00 I Free to attend 

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world is facing today. Quest for affordable, reliable and modern energy is universal. Ensuring such energy for all is the key task in the era of global transition to the new technological cycle and is inseparably connected with the improving of quality of life for everyone on the planet. Therefore, what are those factors enabling our sustainable future? Who if not Science is to make this future a reality?

During the session high-level panelists will outline key energy solutions working towards achieving sustainable reality, consider best Global Energy Prize laureates` innovations focusing on increased energy efficiency, use of renewable energy and clean technologies for traditional energy processing, present examples of global energy cooperation creating inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues like climate change.

The Global Energy Prize is an international award for outstanding scientific research and technological development in energy. Since 2003, the Global Energy Prize has been awarded to 39 Laureates from 13 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and the US. In the prestige rating of the International Congress of Distinguished Awards (ICDA) the Global Energy Prize is in the category of “Mega Prizes” for its laudable goals, exemplary practices and the overall prize fund. Running alongside the 24th World Energy Congress as a side-event, the high-level session will outline energy solutions, consider the best global energy prize laureates innovations and present examples of global energy co-operation. 

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boston consulting group round table on winning the '20S

12 September 2019, 9:00 - 11:00 I By invitation only

Powerful forces are transforming the energy industry—from disruptive technologies, electrification, and climate-change pressure to stiffening competition, geopolitical tensions, and market volatility. To win the ’20s, players in the energy sector will need to do far more than just remain agile and adapt to a shifting competitive landscape. They’ll have to actively shape that landscape. Progressive CEOs will seize the opportunities on offer while surmounting the challenges through their own organizations and elaborate new eco systems of partners. The most forward-thinking will make savvy use of leading-edge technologies. As a result, they’ll pull ahead of their toughest rivals in the next decade. Given the tremendous value at stake, will today’s winners still be on top in tomorrow’s energy market?

Find out at the “Winning the ‘20s in Energy” Round Table that Boston Consulting Group is hosting on September 12, 2019. At this “by-invitation-only” event, we’ll bring together senior leaders from across the Middle East to discuss how energy companies can deploy next-generation technologies to not just survive the coming decade—but to also thrive in an environment reshaped by profound change.

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Global Blockchain Business Council

Global Blockchain Business Council: Building a New Paradigm – Blockchain in the Energy Sector

9 September 2019, 14:00 – 16:00, Capital Suite 5| Free to attend for all congress delegates

The energy industry is evolving into the digital age with a focus on decarbonization, distributed energy resources, and consumer empowerment. Advancements in technology and emissions reductions goals have led to an increase in both renewable energy sources (RES) and distributed energy resources (DER). However, our ability to achieve this new vision and operate evolving energy systems will require improved communication, near-frictionless data exchanges, and new incentives for consumer participation. Blockchain technology is already playing an important role in addressing these challenges. Both incumbents and new market entrants are creating blockchain-based solutions for the energy sector to enable peer-to-peer energy trading, increase transparency, automate processes and transactions, and generate opportunities for cost saving.

The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the leading global industry association for the blockchain technology ecosystem, will host a roundtable to discuss real-world blockchain use cases in the energy industry, and explore how blockchain technology could provide novel solutions to the frictions and challenges besetting the energy industry.

Space is limited, so please email the organiser to confirm your place.

Pathways to increasing the rate of Energy Efficiency

SEforALL side event:Pathways to increasing the rate of Energy Efficiency

11 September 2019, 09:00 - 12:00

Energy Efficiency remains the cheapest, easiest step to help reach Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) on clean and affordable energy for all while simultaneously decarbonizing the global economy, cleaning the air we breathe, and expanding energy access. However, on the eve of the final decade to achieve the SDGs, we are still missing the mark on investment needed for energy efficiency. In addition, the pace of progress of improving energy intensity is declining. We need to look towards initiatives that create and reinforce successful energy efficient measures.
SEforALL’ s session will focus on the policy reforms and financial innovations that will be needed to achieve the increasingly ambitious target of annually increasing the global rate of improvement in Energy Efficiency by 2030 to meet SDG7 targets. Governments and businesses need to embrace an Energy Efficiency First approach as a way to realize cost-effective emissions reductions and deliver environmental and social benefits. The session will focus on the nexus between SDG7 and other SDGs, how innovative energy efficient finance solutions can target the poorest and provide successful examples of how to create and enforce energy efficient policy with a focus toward achieving the SDGs.

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Ministry of Energy and Industry of UAE and German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy -  Interconnected Grids and Power Trade

Ministry of Energy and Industry of UAE and German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy - Interconnected Grids and Power Trade

10 September 2019 | Free to attend

 Development of locally, regionally and globally interconnected power grids holds tremendous promise for economically efficient and environmentally responsible power systems, a common priority for governments across the planet. Interconnected grids utilize geographically distant, but highest potential renewable energy resources in the cheapest manner through economies of scale; smooth out load patterns and renewable power generation; reduce curtailment of renewable power; maximize utilization of existing generation assets; provide better supply security and reliability; and overall improve access to and affordability of power. Additionally, energy commerce via interconnected grids promotes peace, regional economic growth, job creation and local industry. UAE is committed to enhancing grid interconnections and power trade, not only locally but also regionally, via the GCCIA network and beyond. The workshop has been organized in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy providing an opportunity to learn from the German experiences as well as highlight the latest progress made by local and regional institutions.

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EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network in collaboration with Hydrogen Europe, the Center for Hydrogen Safety, the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy and Dii.

EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network in collaboration with Hydrogen Europe, the Center for Hydrogen Safety, the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy and Dii.

10 September 2019, 10.00 -14.00 | Free for all

Hydrogen: Bridging Sectors and Regions
In the ongoing energy transition, renewable electricity takes center stage and electrification is one of the transition’s metatrends. However, 80% of total final energy demand by end users today is for carbon-containing fuels, not electricity. In global efforts to decarbonise the economy, even if electricity use grows to an expected 50% until 2050, we need to find a solution for sectors that are difficult to electrify including aviation, shipping, iron and steel production, chemicals, high-temperature industrial heat, long-distance and long-haul road transport and heat for buildings. Hydrogen is one of the few options for reducing these hard-to-abate emissions because it can be stored, combusted and combined in chemical reactions in ways that are similar to natural gas, oil and coal. Hydrogen made from solar, wind and water in an electrolyser is therefore sometimes called the “final fuel”.

The session “Hydrogen: Bridging Sectors and Regions” will address new perspectives on ongoing low-carbon hydrogen initiatives, provide insights on cutting-edge technology developments, address systems aspects including safety and will inform the debate on hydrogen’s future role in global energy markets. High-level international experts will present their work and will exchange views in interactive moderated panels.

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EDF Fusion Logo


10 September 2019, 08:30 - 17:30 I By invite-only to selected Emirati-French Supply Chain Partners

The E-FUSION initiative was launched in early 2019, endorsed by both the French and UAE nuclear leaders. Its aim is to bring together the French nuclear supply chain and the Emirati industries around projects for the UAE nuclear program at Barakah. This side-event aims at connecting an exclusive and pertinent selection of local industrial companies willing to develop their capabilities to support the Barakah project, with some French industrial partners among the nuclear supply chain around Engineering and O&M activities supporting ENEC and Nawah’s needs.

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The Francophonie Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD)

12 September 2019 I Open to attend with particular focus on the following Francophone actors in the energy sector: Ministers, World Energy Council representatives, government experts, parliamentarians, local elected officials, civil society leaders, private sector, development partners

This lunch conference allows the Francophone community to discuss the theme of "Energy for prosperity in the Francophone countries", to assess the role of sustainable energy for inclusive prosperity and contribute effectively to exchanges during the World Energy Congress. 

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World Economic Forum – Global Energy Transition

10 September 2019, 15:30 – 16:45 I By invitation only

Globally, energy systems are experiencing significant and fast change, driven by forces such as technological innovation, changes in consumption patterns, supply dynamics, and environmental concerns. However, the world’s transition to a more secure, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system has stalled, with little progress achieved in the past five years. Accelerating energy transition requires faster progress on all fronts, including research on and deploying technology, large amounts of investment, formulating and implementing effective policy and ultimately the involvement of individual consumers.

Given the scale and complexity of the challenge and its interdependencies across different systems, no stakeholder group or organization can tackle this alone. The World Economic Forum’s platform on Shaping the Future of Energy aims at creating the conditions for increasing the speed of adoption of effective public policies and corporate decisions as well as facilitating collaboration across energy ecosystem actors, taking into account the existing interdependencies.

This session is part of the Global Energy Transition Dialogue Series aiming to gather business, governments and other stakeholders to take stock of progress so far, explore where to redouble efforts based on successful case studies and to help countries overcome the barriers preventing an effective energy transition.

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Accelerating CCUS Together – Financing a key piece of the clean energy puzzle  

10 September, 09:00 – 16:00 | By invitation only 

 The Gulf Region has a strategic interest and technical experience in developing carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies, as part of their strategies towards a sustainable energy future. This event will bring together the key stakeholders in the Gulf Region, including governments, industry and the financial sector. It provides a regional state of play on CCUS developments, as well as countries’ views on CCUS in the future. It also aims to identify near-term investment opportunities for CCUS investment.

The event also intends to gather views from the financial sector in the region regarding their appetite to invest in CCUS. The financial sector should also deliver key messages to the governments regarding the expected and preferred policy approaches to make CCUS projects investable. This working level dialogue event is organised under the framework of the Clean Energy Ministerial CCUS Initiative, which helps to accelerate CCUS, e.g. by bringing key stakeholders together in different world regions.

The event is co-hosted by United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

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Reliable & Sustainable Power Grids (GO15) & International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) – Joint Annual Workshop 

11 September | Limited seats only

The Energy Regulators play a key role in providing a regulatory framework that enable the transition to the energy mix, while GO15 members bring a wealthy experience from 6 continents, in dealing with various economic environments and regulatory approaches.

This workshop will address the The Energy Transition' s key challenges and enablers and will focus on:

             • The Renewables Revolution

             • The Energy Transition - Grid Operators Perspective

             • Regulatory Evolution to Support the Energy Transition

This event is on pre-registration with limited seats; for your registration please contact GO15 secretariat: Salima Hebbache - Event Manager 

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)– Energy Transition: Reshaping Investments and Strategies – financial strategies for long term rewards

11 September, 9:00 – 14:00| By invitation only

Energy transition opens up new investment opportunities in new and fast-developing sectors on the supply side and the demand side such as battery technologies, storage, mobility. These changing dynamics are bringing new insights that are reshaping the energy sector, its structure and its business models.

This senior level meeting will address the critical theme of energy transition and will bring together a select group of top decision-makers and thought leaders from the various energy value chain sectors and the investment community.

APICORP ( is a multilateral development financial institution established in 1975 to foster the development of the Arab world’s energy sector and petroleum industries. The corporation is owned by the ten Arab oil exporting countries. APICORP makes equity investments and provides project finance, trade finance, advisory and research to the energy industry in its member states and the region.

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IHS Markit– Cleantech and the Low Carbon Future: Shape of Things to come

10 September, 13:00-14:00 | Open for anyone to attend

Despite the outstanding growth of renewable energy in the last few years, it is clear that renewables (wind and solar photovoltaics) by themselves will not be enough to reach the climate and carbon targets. Many other technologies will be required to improve energy efficiency, electrify transportation and decarbonize heat to reduce emissions across all end-use sectors.

This event will be a combination of brief presentation, panel dialogue and Q&A session with the audience, and will explore what contribution clean technologies can make in the future and will discuss the following key questions about the future of the energy industry:

How far can today’s projections for renewable deployment get us in terms of meeting climate agreements?
Which clean technologies can play the greatest role in the future in helping to meet targets?
What role will batteries play in decarbonising the energy and transportation sector?

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Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM)– Energy transformation and regional integration of power systems

 11 September, 15:00-19:00 | Open to all WEC participants

At the invitation of the UAE government, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Secretariat in collaboration with CEM work streams is organizing a side event to showcase six of its areas of work that focus on power systems transformation. CEM work streams will offer their perspectives on regional integration of power systems, each focusing on those aspects and angles that are central to their area of work. The UAE government is actively engaged in these CEM work streams and will offer its national and regional perspectives.

Multiple CEM members, including Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, India, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, the UK and the USA lead the work of these six CEM work streams and will contribute to the event.

HE Matar El Neyado, the UAE’s Under Secretary of Energy, and Christian Pilgaard Zinglersen, Head of the CEM Secretariat, will open the event, kicking off a wide range of discussions that will include Long-term planning and energy scenarios, Policies for regional interconnection; Regional integration and power system flexibility, Nuclear and renewable energy interplay; and CCUS and opportunities in the Gulf region.

For more information please contact Ellina Levina, Partnerships Manager at the CEM Secretariat

Sustainable Finance and Carbon Markets: new opportunities for the GCC?

12 September 2019, 10:00-13:00|By invitation only

The rapid development of renewable energies and the increasing efforts in energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects create opportunities for market players to obtain and trade in innovative forms of financing, including carbon credits and/or clean energy certificates. These new tools form part of a complementary suite of financing instruments to foster the energy transition and help address climate change.

Our event will explore the status of sustainable finance, carbon pricing and carbon market instruments in the region and will showcase examples of international institutions, countries and companies. It aims to facilitate the start of a regional dialogue amongst key stakeholders. Event participants are expected to include Ministers, high level representatives from governments, international organizations, civil society organisations and CEOs.

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IRENA– Creating an enabling environment to accelerate the deployment of renewables

11 September 2019,  15:30– 17:30 | Open to all WEC participants

Renewables have progressed at an unprecedented pace over the past decade and have consistently surpassed expectations, with new records being set each year. As the deployment grows and technologies mature, renewable energy policies will increasingly need to be integrated into overall energy sector planning. Transforming the energy system while also addressing wider growth and development objectives will require supportive policies that contribute to an enabling environment for attracting investments in the sector. IRENA’s event will provide a renewable energy policy dialogue where public and private sectors representatives, as well as relevant international institutions, can share experiences and disseminate best practices in policy-making to ensure efficient deployment of renewable energy, and the maximisation of the benefits realised. The event will kick off with a discussion on renewable energy policies and financing mechanisms that address the mix of direct, enabling and integrating policies needed to transform the energy system, at the national and local level.

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 Atlantic Council– Shifting Gears: The Future of Transportation and Peak Oil Demand

11 September 2019, 13:00 – 14:30 | Open to all 

For the past year, the Atlantic Council has been exploring the impact that aggressive decarbonization policies and the transformation of the fuels market will have on global oil demand and geopolitics. At the conclusion of this effort, report authors RJ Johnston and Randy Bell will present their findings through a launch of the report ‘Shifting Gears: The Future of Transportation and Peak Oil Demand’, a study of the possible trajectories for oil demand in the energy transition and the effect these trajectories may have on markets, oil producers, energy trade, and global politics.

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Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), Saudi Arabia– Round Three of Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program

 11 September 2019, 13:00 -  14:00 | Open to all WEC delegates 

The Kingdom aims to deploy 27.3GW of renewable energy projects by 2024 and 58.7GW by 2030. The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy Industry and Mineral Resources, invites interested parties to learn more about Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). Investment opportunities and localization incentives will be covered within the session and REPDO’s technical development and tendering teams will give specific focus on the NREPs “Round Three” projects which will be publicly tendered in Q4 of 2019.

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abu dhabi Department of Energy: Abu Dhabi Energy Outlook 2050 – Implications for Energy Security, Environment and Economic Growth

10 September 2019, 10:30 – 13:00, Capital Suite 1| By invitation only

As part of its ongoing work on the draft Abu Dhabi Energy Outlook 2050 - a projection of the emirate’s potential energy futures – the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) will host a Panel Discussion to share local energy perspectives and exchange views with international experts to gain a deeper insight into global energy trends. The panel will be led by H.E. Awaidha Al Marar, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, and will provide recommendations on some of the modalities and approaches used for energy modeling to enhance the Outlook and refine future scenarios for Abu Dhabi energy. Panelists will provide critical insights into trends in energy demand and supply and what these mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development.

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World Energy Council Events 


World Energy Leaders' Summit (WELS)

CEO Roundtable: Tuesday, 10 September
Trilemma Ministerial Roundtable: Wednesday, 11 September

The WELS are high-level exclusive events reserved for the global energy leaders’ community to facilitate dialogue on critical issues affecting the energy sector. Participation is by invitation only and will include:

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Future Energy Leaders Programme (FELs)

The Future Energy Leaders’ Programme of the World Energy Council is designed to inspire, grow and develop the world’s energy leaders of tomorrow. This exclusive network of exceptional individuals from across the globe includes a diversity of participants from across the energy spectrum. The FEL community builds on creative ideas and the innovative potential of the next generation to challenge conventional thinking and explore new strategies for the future of our energy systems. It offers young professionals a unique opportunity for learning and development with exposure to critical issues in the energy debate.

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WEC Italy


9 September 2019, 13:00 – 16:00 I By invitation only

Given its geographic position, the Mediterranean region is a hub between Europe and Africa and therefore can play a key role in the energy transition process of the area. In addition the rapid development of the South and East Mediterranean countries is leading to a significant increase in energy demand and is changing the economic and energy landscape of the region. Within the broader framework of the 24th World Energy Congress Abu Dhabi 2019, Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie and the Italian Committee of the World Energy Council, will organize a seminar with the aim to deepen the energy transition process undergoing in the Mediterranean Area and to highlight the paths that needs to be embarked by countries in the region in order to launch a structured regional cooperation on a sustainable Mediterranean energy framework.

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More details will appear on this page in due course as other side events are confirmed; so please check back regularly. For more information on side events contact Fran Rogers, Side Events Manager, Organising Committee at

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