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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. In today’s unpredictable, turbulent and fast-shifting world, the 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam will be the most important energy convening of the next decade.  

The only global energy event convening 200+ C-suite speakers and 70+ Ministers, alongside nearly 4,000 international energy stakeholders, the Congress enables the highest levels of government-to-government dialogue and unites businesses and communities of all shapes and sizes. This four-day event bridges sectors, geographies, generations and systems to make faster, fairer, and more far reaching energy transitions happen.

Under the theme ‘Redesigning energy for people and planet’, an impact-focused content programme of 60+ sessions is built on the collective insights and experience of the Council’s unique global network of over 3,000 member organisations and presence in more than 100 countries. With a world class exhibition and unparalleled networking opportunities, the 26th World Energy Congress will challenge conventional thinking and drive action to progress clean, fair and inclusive energy transitions in all world regions. 

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Navigating new energy maps

Bridging the new and emerging realities of global energy transitions

Recent global energy crises have triggered a renewed focus on managing security while progressing energy transitions at an unprecedented speed and scale. The global ambition is clear, but visions and decarbonisation pathways differ. This thematic will navigate the new energy maps shaped by climate change, geopolitics, and new technologies, and the deeper societal transformation opportunities of globally inclusive energy transitions.

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Refuelling the future

Leveraging a greater mix of energy sources, solutions and services

Increasingly diverse energy mixes – from low carbon fuels to renewable power systems – are driving wider demand for critical materials, the development of global energy vectors and value chains, and new storage solutions. This thematic will explore the role of new fuels, new power systems and new storage challenges, including hydrogen and bio-based fuels, electricity generated in space and giga-batteries.

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Humanising energy

Engaging people and communities in making global energy transitions happen

The best way to make faster, fairer and more far reaching energy transitions happen is to involve more people and diverse communities. This thematic will convene visionary leaders and doers from across the world and from all levels of modern energy societies to share real-life experiences and stories about progressing successful energy transitions in their community, country and region.

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Pathfinding with the World Energy Trilemma

Connecting energy security, affordability and sustainability

For more than a decade, the World Energy Council’s landmark World Energy Trilemma has been used to measure performance and guide national energy policy in over 120 countries by connecting the dots between security, affordability and environmental sustainability. This thematic will explore how each of these dimensions is evolving.

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Closing the gaps

Enabling faster, fairer and more far-reaching energy transitions

Energy transitions around the world are not moving fast enough to keep global warming below 1.5oC. Implementation gaps are widening on several fronts, including the flow of investment,  development of infrastructure, structural inequalities, and climate change momentum. This thematic will explore the implications of policy and institutional innovation in accelerating decarbonisation with fairness and inclusion.

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Netherlands' Minister for Climate and Energy Policy Rob Jetten speaking while sat alongside World Energy Council Secretary General and CEO Angela Wilkinson


  • Four days of industry-defining content that speaks to the whole energy ecosystem, from producers and suppliers to consumers and users of energy​.
  • Built on the collective insights and experience of our unique 100-year-old global network, reflecting the critical issues impacting the people at the heart of energy transitions around the world​.
  • Sessions shine a light on different energy realities and showcase real stories of successful place-based transitions from around the world. ​
  • Dedicated regional and city level sessions enable diverse regions and communities to lead with and learn from each other.
  • Immersive and interactive mix of formats designed to generate new thinking, facilitate conversations and connections, and drive practical solutions and actions.
  • Speakers, contributors and facilitators are drawn from a deeply experienced global community of visionaries, leaders and doers – uniting policymakers, C-suite executives, industry experts, entrepreneurs and young energy leaders

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  • Business – decision-makers and practitioners representing all energy interests, from traditional energy to buyers, consumers and users of energy
  • Government, community leaders and policy-makers – Ministers and senior government, IGOs, local government, city leaders and regulators
  • Civil society, academia and experts – the brightest minds from all levels of society
  • Start-ups and entrepreneurs – the new creative thinkers, disruptors and transformers
  • Future Energy Leaders – the next generation of exceptional energy leaders
  • Foundations and advocates – those dedicated to championing humanity and a healthy planet
  • Journalists and media broadcasters

"I’m honoured to be joining so many visionary female leaders at the 26th World Energy Congress as we come together from all regions and industries to build a brighter future for people and the planet."

Sara Akbar

Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Oilserv Kuwait

"We know that net zero is not enough and at ACCIONA we have a planet-positive strategy and the provision of renewable energy is at the heart of regeneration. It's a privilege to be part of the 26th World Energy Congress and its vision to redesign energy for people and the planet."

Rafael Mateo

Chief Executive Officer, ACCIONA Energía

"At Qcells, we are committed to delivering clean energy worldwide through our cutting-edge solar technology. I look forward to bringing the voice of solar and storage and our perspective on how to grow this promising industry to the 2024 World Energy Congress."

Dr Danielle Merfeld

EVP and Global Chief Technology Officer at Qcells

"As a proud Patron of the World Energy Council, I’m delighted to be part of the next World Energy Congress as together we harness our collective experience and solutions to build a net zero energy future."

Luc Remont

Chairman & CEO, Electricité de France (EDF)

"A just transition, for Africa, will not be possible without access to sustainable finance, the pursuit of economic development goals and the empowerment of women. The 2024 World Energy Congress will be a unique opportunity to accelerate energy transitions in Africa and beyond."

Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani

Chief Commercial Officer, Mixta Africa (ARM Group)