World Energy Congress opens in Korea
More than 6,000 of the world’s most prominent energy leaders will gather in Daegu, South Korea for the 22nd World Energy Congress, which began Sunday.
Held every three years, the world’s most prestigious energy event will attract government ministers, industry leaders, NGOs, technology pioneers and energy experts from more than 114 countries. Aimed at stimulating debate and finding solutions to the world’s energy challenges, this year’s Congress has adopted the theme “Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today.”
An extensive four-day conference program will feature 272 expert speakers from 72 countries, supported by 44 sponsors and 46 media partners. Speakers include 55 government ministers and senior representatives from organizations including Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations and the International Energy Agency.
Sessions cover a broad range of energy issues and topics facing the international community, from the impact of global shale gas, to the true potential of renewables and, most crucially, an examination of how policymakers, industry and key decision makers must work together to form a more sustainable platform for future energy development.
More than 450 representatives from the world’s media are expected to cover the Congress, representing leading publications, news agencies, broadcasters, trade and specialist press. Headline speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be holding press conferences and media briefings during the Congress, including the World Energy Council, the International Energy Agency, the UNFCCC, Fluor and Siemens. Further information is available from the World Energy Congress Media Centre (see below)
The 44 corporate sponsors for the World Energy Congress are headlined by Korea Electric Power, SK Group, Rosneft, Daesung Group, GS Caltex, KNOC, KOGAS, POSCO and S-Oil. Other major sponsors include EDF, Siemens, Dongfang Electric, Shanghai Electric, and Hyundai Oilbank.
The exhibition site of the World Energy Congress has been completely booked. Nearly 100 companies will be represented in the 22,000 square-meters exhibition floor area, with 25,000 visitors expected. Major exhibition highlights include a Russia Day event and the China and UAE pavilions.
Other major exhibitors include LG, Qatar Petroleum and Sonatrach. Such was the demand for exhibition space that the World Energy Congress Organizing Committee expanded the exhibition space three times to meet strong demand.
“I am looking forward greatly to welcoming such an impressive array of global organizations to Daegu. Congress presents a unique opportunity to reach the world energy community,” said Hwan-eik Cho, chairman of the WEC Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee. “It is where ideas are exchanged and business deals done. The quality of representation demonstrates the value that energy leaders place on that access. I am confident that with such enthusiastic participation we will make great progress towards tackling the many energy challenges that the world faces today.”
“The commitment of such renowned companies and institutions to our Congress underlines the importance of the agenda we will be debating,” said Christoph Frei, secretary general of the World Energy Council. “The role that energy plays in global economic development has never been higher on the agenda of global leaders. The factors that shape our energy future have never been more complex. And the urgency of the energy challenge has never been greater. I have great hopes that this Congress will help to secure tomorrow’s energy today.”
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.