To promote the economic development and peaceful use of energy resources for the greater benefit of all, both nationally and internationally, by considering: potential resources and all the means of production, transportation, transformation and utilization of energy. To study energy consumption in its overall relationship with the growth of economic activity in an area. To study the social and environmental aspects of energy supply and utilization.
Priority issues: Energy; natural resources; economics; environment.
The World Energy Council offers a wide variety of services, programmes and activities to its members as well as to the energy industry at large and to the general public.
The work of the organisation spans the entire energy spectrum -- coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro and new renewables -- and focuses on such topical areas as market restructuring; energy efficiency; energy and the environment; financing energy systems; energy pricing and subsidies; energy poverty; ethics; benchmarking and standards; use of new technologies; and energy issues in developed, transitional, developing countries.
The Energy Information Centre provides a mainly geographic approach to the energy data and other information collected by the World Energy Council.
WEC established its Patrons Programme in 1998 to support its Studies, Technical, and Regional Work Programme.
The WEC Pilot Programme is an industry initiative led by the WEC to record, on an interactive electronic database, the projects in which the global energy industry is involved and the reductions in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions they are expected to achieve. This Programme started in February 1999 and its pilot stage is planned to last five years.