Rotterdam to host 26th World Energy Congress in April 202412/14/22
The city of Rotterdam will host the 26th edition of the World Energy Congress at Rotterdam Ahoy 22-25 April, 2024. The 26th World Energy Congress, was previously brought forward from 2025 to December 2023 due to the pressing need to convene energy leaders to progress new possibilities linked to affordability, sustainability and energy security, together with the cancellation of the 25th Congress earlier this year. As the impartial and pragmatic voice of the global energy community, the World Energy Council will fully support the COP28 Climate Change Conference, to be held towards the end of 2023, and has therefore adjusted the dates of the 26th World Energy Congress.
The theme of the 26th World Energy Congress, Redesigning Energy for People and Planet, emphasises that there has never been a more critical time for leadership in energy. The Congress will explore the role of connected energy societies in driving forward global energy transitions in today’s less predictable, more turbulent and faster shifting world. The event in Rotterdam Ahoy aims to put people, their evolving needs, and the planet at the heart of global energy transitions.
About the congress
Since the first Congress in 1924, the World Energy Congress has led the global energy agenda and operated as a truly unique community through different eras of energy transition. The Congress is attended by heads of state, ministers, CEOs, and wider energy society interests, including energy customers and users, cities and communities. With around 7,000 delegates and 18,000 attendees, the Congress connects and inspires experienced and future energy leaders and practitioners from around the world.
Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council: “The 26th World Energy Congress is a critical turning point for leadership on clean and just energy transitions worldwide and an opportunity to spring forward in redesigning energy for people and planet. Against a backdrop of new energy insecurity concerns and the increasing damages that climate change is inflicting on the Earth’s natural life support system, it is neither easy nor enough to translate net zero roadmaps into reality. It is important to develop shared and deeper understanding of the role of increasingly diverse energy systems in enabling a safe operating space for humanity. It is urgent to involve more people and communities and identify leading practices in inclusive implementation. This best way forward is to support diverse regions in leading with and learning from each other and appreciate the diversity of place-based, clean and just energy transitions. “Please join us as the world learns with crises to seed better energy futures which enable 10 billion better lives on one healthy planet at the 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.”
Rotterdam as host city
Rotterdam is at the centre of Europe’s Energy Transition, partly due to its world-leading smart port and the connected industrial and chemical clusters in North West Europe which are in full transition, with many concrete projects to showcase. Rotterdam is taking a frontrunner role with its goal of becoming a climate neutral city by 2050. As innovating city and real life testing ground for important transitions it offers the right geographic and logistical facilities to organise an event of this scale.
Mr Rob Jetten, Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Netherlands: “The Netherlands has big ambitions when it comes to sustainable energy and climate, and we seek to play our role regionally as well as internationally. We look forward to welcoming the worldwide energy community to Rotterdam and the Netherlands next year and to leading the conversation about where energy goes next.
Mr Jeroen van Hoof, Chair of the World Energy Council, Netherlands, and Chair of the World Energy Congress Rotterdam Organising Committee: “As a worldwide centre for global trade and energy, Rotterdam offers a perfect setting to discuss the reshaping of future energy systems for both people and planet.”
Header photo: Iris van den Broek