Rotterdam to host 26th World Energy Congress in December 2023


The city of Rotterdam will host the 26th edition of the World Energy Congress at Rotterdam Ahoy from 4-7 December 2023. The 26th World Energy Congress has been brought forward from 2025 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.

The 2023 edition is themed ‘Redesigning Energy for People and Planet’ and will explore the role of connected energy societies in driving forward global energy transitions in a less predictable, more turbulent and faster shifting world context. 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: “Our world energy community is convening in person, in Rotterdam, to forge a new way forward – the challenge is to create a better system which anticipates new uses and users and involves more diverse energy interests. Accelerating clean and just energy transitions in all world regions is essential, and best progressed with energy trilemma solutions that empower people and communities to better manage the energy in their lives.”

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.”

For more information about the World Energy Council and the World Energy Congress: and World Energy Congress.


Header photo: Iris van den Broek

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