WEC roundtable discusses energy 'trilemma'
Abu Dhabi, September 18, 2012
The World Energy Congress (WEC) roundtable in Abu Dhabi discussed the three dimensions of the “energy trilemma” - security, access and affordability and environmental impact.
These areas will underpin the “Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today” theme of the upcoming World Energy Congress, taking place in Daegu, South Korea in October 2013, said the event organisers.
WEC is the energy sector’s premier international event, held every three years under the auspices of the World Energy Council, which consists of 93 national committees representing more than 3,000 member organizations including governments, industry, professional institutions and associations, and non-profit groups.
The roundtable was convened by WEC chairman Pierre Gadonneix and the Daegu 2013 organising committee executive vice-chairman Younghoon David Kim as part of the energy trilemma forum in Abu Dhabi.
Among the headline themes at the roundtable were the steps required to secure the supply of energy to a rapidly increasing population with growing energy needs.
The combination of energy technologies was at the heart of the discussion, balancing fluctuating demands in oil, coal and nuclear, together with the expanding gas market and an ever increasing focus on low carbon options.
Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, a confirmed speaker at Daegu 2013, welcomed WEC officials on a tour of Masdar City and visit to Masdar headquarters.
The world is now facing a crucial need for renewed governance at both national and international levels if we are to address the world’s energy security," remarked WEC chairman Gadonneix.
"The Congress will not only gather experts from across the energy spectrum, it will also convene leaders from across the globe to put into action the strategies for a more secure, accessible and environmentally sustainable energy supply," he added.
Commenting on WEC’s visit to Abu Dhabi, Dr Ali Al-Yabhouni, secretary of the UAE member committee and UAE Opec Governor, said: “The UAE strongly supports the council’s guiding principles based on energy security, energy access and respect for the environment."
"The UAE’s energy policy already reflects this with a focus on developing an energy mix in which hydrocarbons, nuclear and renewable all play and important part," he added.-TradeArabia News Service