Montreal will host the 21st Congress of the World Energy Council from Sept. 12-16. More than 3,500 delegates representing all energy sectors from more than 100 countries will discuss the energy challenges of the next 25 years. In addition, some 200 exhibitors will gather at the Montreal Convention Centre.
The Montreal Congress comes nine months after the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark, two months after the G-8 and G-20 summits in Toronto, and two months before COP16 in Cancun, Mexico.
As energy and climate challenges become more global, awareness and urgency surrounding them also assume international proportions. Pressure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is increasingly stronger because 86 percent of the world’s energy supply comes from fossil fuel combustion. Climate change and greenhouse gas reduction are only two issues the energy world faces.
More than one-third of the world population–2 billion people–have no reliable energy supply. Between now and 2020, world energy needs will grow steadily, and prices will rise significantly as pressure mounts for economic recovery and growth of developing countries.
It is expected that worldwide energy demand will double by 2050. The energy sector faces overwhelming problems of environmental, social and political acceptability while the world economy copes with disruptions.
No fewer than 13 international organizations will be associated with the Montreal World Energy Congress, including the annual WEC-FT Energy Leader Summit, which will be held outside London for the first time, special meetings of energy ministers from French-speaking countries, and meetings of organizations with energy sector interests, such as the World Bank and the e8.
The Montreal Congress’ vision is global, forward-looking and oriented toward change. As a result, Congress proceedings will give importance to energy transmission and distribution infrastructure issues and their growing roles in an increasingly integrated, fluid, energy world.
Energy efficiency and demand management, especially in major consumer countries, will be high on the agenda. Those who work more in energy usage and especially efficient energy usage will have a strong presence at the Montreal Congress, during debates on strategy, the economy and policy, and in more specialized technical sessions where papers will address specifics.
To face challenges, the energy community must adapt to a changing context and invest wisely to ensure a steady energy supply and more efficient energy use.
Some 250 high-level speakers from industry, government, research and academia will talk about energy issues divided into four themes during the four-day event:
- Day one: Accessibility. Meeting worldwide energy demand,
- Day two: Availability. What is the right energy mix for long-term stability?
- Day three: Acceptability. Energy solutions for a healthy planet,
- Day four: Accountability. Policies, regulations and financing.
Confirmed Congress speakers include: Angel GurrÃa, secretary general, OCDE; Henri Proglio, president and CEO, EDF, France; Khalid Al-Falih, president and CEO, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia; Peter Voser, CEO, Shell, Netherlands; Georgina Kessel, minister of energy, Mexico; JosÃ© Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, president and CEO, Petrobras, Brazil; Davood Manzoor, minister of energy, Iran; Daniel Yergin, chairman, CERA, United States.
Also: Zhou Jiping, vice president, China National Petroleum Corp., China; Rick George, president and CEO, Suncor, Canada; Sergey Novikov, head of Federal Tariff Service, Russia; Anne Lauvergeon, president and director, Groupe Areva, France; Pierre Gadonneix, president, World Energy Council; Jacynthe CÃ´tÃ©, CEO, Rio Tinto Alcan, Canada.
World Energy Congress site: http://wecmontreal2010.ca