The World Energy Council, in collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, co-hosted the 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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  • This edition celebrates 100 years since the Council’s formation. 
  • India actively showcased its innovative technologies and commitment to environmental leadership through the India Pavilion.
  • The pavilion was jointly inaugurated by the Ministry of Power, and the Ambassador of India to the Netherlands.
  • The theme of the congress is ‘Redesigning Energy for People and Planet’.
  • The World Energy Congress is the world’s longest-established energy event, having shaped the global energy agenda for a century.

Significance of the Congress

  • The event aimed to explore the role of connected energy societies in fostering global energy transitions. 
  • This focus on collaboration across different energy sectors and stakeholders aligns with the growing need for coordinated international efforts to achieve clean energy goals.
  • The Congress positioned itself as a critical turning point for leadership in clean and inclusive energy transitions. 
  • This emphasizes the urgency for strong leadership and collective action to address the energy challenges facing the world.
  • With over 7,000 international stakeholders, including high-level government officials and industry leaders, the Congress provided a unique platform for knowledge sharing and collaborative solutions. 
  • This highlights the event’s role in bringing together diverse voices to shape the future of energy.

The World energy council (WEC)

The World Energy Council (WEC) is a prominent international organization playing a crucial role in shaping the global energy landscape.

  • Established in 1923, the WEC boasts a rich history, making it the premier global energy body.
  • Focus on Impartiality and Collaboration: It functions as the principal independent network for energy leaders and practitioners, fostering collaboration across various stakeholders.
  • Promoting Sustainable Energy Solutions: The WEC actively advocates for an affordable, stable, and environmentally sensitive energy system, prioritizing sustainability and accessibility.
  • Broad Representation: With over 3,000 member organizations in over 90 countries, the WEC represents the entire energy spectrum, encompassing governments, private entities, academia, and NGOs.
  • India’s Early Involvement: India’s membership since the WEC’s inception in 1924 highlights its longstanding commitment to international energy cooperation.


  • Balancing Clean Energy with Affordability: Integrating renewable energy sources into the grid while maintaining affordability for developing nations and low-income communities remains a significant hurdle.
  • Geopolitical Tensions and Energy Security: Geopolitical instability can disrupt energy supplies and threaten energy security.
  • Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation: Technological advancements are crucial for a faster and more efficient clean energy transition.

Potential Solutions: 

  • Sharing best practices for cost-effective renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency measures.
  • Exploring innovative financing mechanisms to support clean energy access in developing countries.
  • Fostering dialogue and cooperation between governments and energy companies to diversify energy sources and supply chains.
  • Exploring strategies for building a more resilient global energy system that is less vulnerable to geopolitical disruptions.
  • Showcasing cutting-edge clean energy technologies and fostering collaboration between researchers and industry leaders.
  • Identifying opportunities for increased international investment in clean energy research and development.

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