World Energy Council Announces Programme For 26th World Energy Congress

With 100 days until the 26th World Energy Congress, the World Energy Council is pleased to release the event program, designed to engage key leaders from across the energy ecosystem and drive action.

To be held in Rotterdam on 22-25 April 2024, the World Energy Congress is set to mark the first major milestone of the global energy ecosystem since the historic COP28, continuing to demonstrate the power of convening and the urgency of action.

Centered around the theme Redesigning Energy for People and Planet, the 2024 program will explore the breadth and depth of the rapidly evolving energy sector – from shifting technologies and the question of financing to the impact of geopolitics, levers accelerating the energy transition, and the changing needs of energy users.

The program will revolve around five core topics central to progressing a clean and inclusive energy transition:

  • Navigating new energy maps: Bridging the new and emerging realities of global energy transitions
  • Refueling the future: Leveraging a greater mix of energy sources, solutions, and services
  • Humanizing energy: Engaging people and communities in making global energy transitions happen
  • Pathfinding with the world energy trilemma: Connecting energy security, affordability and sustainability
  • Closing the gaps: Enabling faster, fairer and more far-reaching energy transitions

Leading the program will be a truly diverse group of experts from across the industry, government, and civil society, with over 260 confirmed speakers, 200+ being C-suite. In addition to the first tranche announced in April 2023, additional speakers include:

  • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders
  • Chantal Zeegers, Vice Mayor for Climate, Building and Housing, City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • His Royal Highne​ss Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud, Minister of Energy, Government of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Member Committee, World Energy Council
  • Jim Skea, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Francisco Gomes Neto, President and CEO, Embraer
  • Sharbini Suhaili, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Energy Berhad
  • Melina  Laboucan-Massim, Founder; Co-founder, Sacred Earth Solar, Indigenous Climate Action
  • Danielle Merfeld, EVP and Global Chief Technology Officer, Qcells

The World Energy Congress media partners will bring the full program of experts and discussions to life. In addition to those previously announced, the World Energy Council is pleased to have confirmed a number of new media partnerships with various global top tier and industry trade publications, including the Financial Times, Denki Shimbun, The National, Energy Storage Report, Eco-Business and Power Technology. The full list of media partners can be found on the World Energy Congress website.

Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General, World Energy Council, said: 

“The depth and breadth of our program for the 26th World Energy Congress speaks to the increasing diversity in energy systems, the connected challenges in managing orderly energy transitions, and the opportunities for collaborative innovation by involving more people and diverse communities.  

“Over the last 100 years, our enduring mission and world energy community have coevolved to promote a practical, forward looking impact agenda on energy for people and planet. Our visionary leadership and broad stakeholder networks from across the world will take stock of actions following an historic climate-centric COP28 and showcase ground-breaking advances in making faster, fairer and more far reaching energy transitions happen. 

“The World Energy Congress in Rotterdam is a significant moment for energy transition leaders to show up and scale together.”

The 26th World Energy Congress will bring together 18,000 attendees, including 7,000 delegates, 70 ministers, C-suite executives, NGOs, experts and academia, entrepreneurs and young energy leaders to reflect on the role of connected energy societies in driving forward global energy transitions.

Registration for the Congress is now open, with a range of options for members and delegates. Register here:

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 involve more people and communities in accelerating clean and just energy transitions in all world regions.

Formed in 1923, the Council has convened diverse interests from across the full energy ecosystem for a century, and today has over 3,000 member organizations and a presence in more than 100 countries. Our global network draws from governments, private and state corporations, academia and civil society, as well as current and future energy leaders.

We effectively collaborate on impact programs 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 on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the World Energy Congress

For 100 years, the World Energy Congress has convened the cooperative power of the world energy community to turn inspiration into action. As 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 energy.

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, catalyze new co-operations and build multiple better pathways for global energy transitions.

With around 18,000 total attendees, including 7,000 delegates, 70 Ministers, and a sizeable media contingent, the World Energy Congress is a globally recognized, world-class event that welcomes leaders from all corners of the world as they come together to enable solutions and deliver impact in an era of energy for people and planet. Ministers, C-suite executives, NGOs, experts, academics, and young entrepreneurs – the Congress hosts the full spectrum of the energy sector and its value chain.

The 26th World Energy Congress is now open to book participation as a delegate, exhibitor, exhibition visitor and media. You may also register your interest to be a sponsor or a media partner. Further information at World Energy Congress and @WECongress.

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