Save the Date: World Energy Congress in Rotterdam, the Netherlands – Now 22-25 April


14 December 2022 – The World Energy Council’s 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, previously scheduled to run from 4-7 December 2023, will now be held from 22-25 April 2024.

As the impartial and pragmatic voice of the global energy community, the World Energy Council will fully support the COP28 Climate Change Conference, to be held towards the end of 2023, and has therefore adjusted the dates of the 26th World Energy Congress.

With around 7,000 delegates, 70 Ministers, and 18,000 total attendees, the World Energy Congress is a globally recognised, world-class event that welcomes leaders from all corners of the world.

The theme of the 26th World Energy Congress, Redesigning Energy for People and Planet, emphasises that there has never been a more critical time for leadership in energy. The Congress will explore the role of connected energy societies in driving forward global energy transitions in today’s less predictable, more turbulent and faster shifting world.

For 100 years, the World Energy Congress has convened the cooperative power of the world energy community to turn inspiration into action. The World Energy Council marks its centenary year from mid-2023, and celebrations will include global and regional events and activities leading up to the 26th World Energy Congress.

Dr. Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General, and CEO, World Energy Council, said:

“The 26th World Energy Congress is a critical turning point for leadership on clean and just energy transitions worldwide and an opportunity to spring forward in redesigning energy for people and planet. 

“Against a backdrop of new energy insecurity concerns and the increasing damages that climate change is inflicting on the Earth’s natural life support system, it is neither easy nor enough to translate net zero roadmaps into reality. It is important to develop shared and deeper understanding of the role of increasingly diverse energy systems in enabling a safe operating space for humanity. It is urgent to involve more people and communities and identify leading practices in inclusive implementation. This best way forward is to support diverse regions in leading with and learning from each other and appreciate the diversity of place-based, clean and just energy transitions. 

“Please join us as the world learns with crises to seed better energy futures which enable 10 billion better lives on one healthy planet at the 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.”

World Energy Congress 2024 will be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy, an event base for international professionals, politicians, and artists.

About the World Energy Congress

The global flagship platform of the World Energy Council, the World Energy Congress, reaches across the public, private and civic sectors to connect and inspire leaders and practitioners from within and beyond the traditional energy value chain. Hosted in cities across the world since 1924, the Congress is a unique space for the world energy community to address challenges of energy for people and planet, catalyse new co-operations and build multiple better pathways for global energy transitions. With around 7,000 delegates and 100 exhibitors across 30,000 sqm. of exhibition space attracting 18,000 attendees over four days, the Congress connects and inspires experienced and future energy leaders and practitioners from around the world. Ministers, C-suite executives, NGOs, experts and academia, entrepreneurs and young energy leaders – the Congress hosts the full spectrum of the energy sector and its value chain. The 26th World Energy Congress will soon be open to book participation as a delegate, exhibitor or exhibition visitor. You may also register your interest to be a sponsor or a media partner. Further information at World Energy Congress and @WECongress

About the World Energy Council

The World Energy Council is the world’s oldest independent and impartial community of energy leaders and practitioners. Through our Humanising Energy vision, we are working to involve more people and communities in accelerating clean and just energy transitions in all world regions. Formed in 1923, the Council convenes diverse energy interests, with over 3,000 member organisations in around 90 countries drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia and civil society. We effectively collaborate on breakthrough 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. Further details at and @WECouncil

About The Netherlands Member Committee, World Energy Council

The Netherlands National Committee aims to promote sustainable energy development in The Netherlands, as a part of the World Energy Council’s energy vision. As a member of the World Energy Council network, the organisation is committed to representing the national perspective of The Netherlands within national, regional and global energy debates. The committee includes a variety of members to ensure that the diverse energy interests of The Netherlands are appropriately represented. Members of the committee attend high-level events, participate in energy-focused study groups, contribute to technical research and are part of the global energy dialogue. Further details at


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"As an energy entrepreneur from Nairobi, I'm looking forward to seeing how the World Energy Congress promotes better energy for communities in Africa and to being inspired by how others are tackling the global challenge of modern energy access for all."

Charlot Magayi

Founder and CEO, Mukuru Clean Stoves

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"Three major world crisis - covid, climate and conflict - have revealed the importance and fragility of energy systems. They have reminded us that we must manage the energy trilemma of security, affordability, and sustainability to avoid new shocks and crises."

Ben Hutt

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"As we enter the age of the Anthropocene, our human footprint deepens, and we are changing the world as never before. I'm looking forward to conversations about energy for both people and planet at the 26th World Energy Congress, as we prepare for a fundamental shift in how we live."

Gaia Vince

Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

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"Few events can boast of bringing together such diverse energy leadership and the perspectives of so many different sectors under one roof. I look forward to reconnecting with my peers at the 26th World Energy Congress."

Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum

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Rafael Mateo

Chief Executive Officer, ACCIONA EnergÍa