The World Energy Congress takes place every three years and is the international showcase for discussing all topics concerning energy. Technical, economic, political and social issues can all be found in the long and interesting programme which brings together the expertise available worldwide in the field of energy.

The 19th World Energy Congress and Exhibition took place in Sydney (Australia) on September 5 to 9. Energy experts debated on the three A’s, the World Energy Council’s goals (Accessibility, Availability, Acceptability), presenting their views on these topics and on how sustainable energy systems can be achieved.

What is WEC?

The World Energy Council (WEC) is the foremost global multienergy organisation in the world today. WEC has Member Committees in over 90 countries, including most of the largest energy-producing and energy consuming countries. The 80-year-old organisation covers all types of energy, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, and renewables, and is UNaccredited, non-governmental, non-commercial and non-aligned.

Inequalities in energy availability and access around the world were highlighted and the need of a reliable electricity supply reinforced. The importance of pursuing research in all areas was reiterated, as well as the necessity not to demonise nor idealise any energy source, since the world will need a diversity of energy sources especially in the developing countries. It was concluded that an important amount of energy reserves still remains, but the immediate challenge will be to use them in an environmentally friendly way.

It was the first time that, officially, fusion was mentioned as an item among the topics included in the session “Long term technologies for energy supply”.

This year, two papers were presented by the European Fusion community at the congress.One was by EFDA on the ITER project and the second one by the EURATOMIPP Association on fusion in the context of energy studies.

EFDA was also present at the annexed exhibition thanks to the support provided by the EURATOM Associations FOM, UKAEA and FZK. In the 18 m2 EFDA stand, fusion was presented with the help of posters, images and films and with a special emphasis on the ITER project. Brochures and the new CD-Rom on fusion were distributed to the visitors as well as a booklet containing the EFDA paper and the posters displayed at the stand.

The EFDA exhibition was very well received by the more than 400 visitors who came to learn more about fusion and the road map of the European programme towards the fusion energy target. Among the visitors we could find scientists working in the energy sector, journalists, top managers of energy companies (utilities and industries) and politicians.

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