The 26th World Energy Congress to be held in Rotterdam in December 2023, under the theme of "Redesigning Energy for People and Planet”

16 November 2022

Rotterdam has been selected to host the World Energy Council’s 26th World Energy Congress ("Congress”) between 4-7 December 2023.


The event has been brought forward from 2025 to enable stakeholders to convene in person in Rotterdam and explore the role of connected energy societies in driving forward global energy transitions in a less predictable, more turbulent and faster shifting world context.


Under the theme Redesigning Energy for People and Planet, the four-day gathering will celebrate the centenary of the World Energy Council and mark a significant moment in history in which people and communities of all ages, demographics, and corners of the globe must come together to accelerate clean and just energy transitions.


With around 7,000 delegates and 100 exhibitors attracting 18,000 visitors over four days, the Congress connects and inspires energy leaders around the world, including ministers, C-suite executives, NGOs, experts and academia, entrepreneurs, and young energy leaders.


The 26th World Energy Congress will be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy. The city of Rotterdam consistently endorses innovation and is at the centre of Europe’s energy transition, with Europe’s largest smart port and a world-leading energy economy with strong logistical, chemical and other industry clusters. By investing in knowledge, technology and infrastructure, the transition towards a green economy includes tackling energy and mobility poverty among city residents, engaging residents in the transition and becoming more resilient.


Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council:"As communities around the world struggle with the high energy prices and increasingly severe impacts of climate change, there has never been a more critical time for energy leaders around the world to come together to shape a better energy future. However, as we look ahead to the next 100 years of energy, it’s critical we consider not just what the future of our energy technologies look like but also how we increase society’s energy literacy and create more inclusive, bottom-up energy communities.

"The 26th World Energy Congress will provide a critical inflection point to reflect on the last 100 years and plan a more people and planet-focused century ahead. As Europe’s leading energy hub, we are excited for the City of Rotterdam to host our event and help forge a more collaborative, innovative, and sustainable path forward.”


Jeroen van Hoof, Chair of the World Energy Council, Netherlands, and Chair of the World Energy Congress Rotterdam Organising Committee, said: "On behalf of the Local Organising Committee and all the Dutch Members and stakeholders of the World Energy Council, I am extremely proud that we will have the opportunity to organise the most green and inclusive World Energy Congress ever in December 2023 in Rotterdam.

"The 26th World Energy Congress will offer a unique space to forge new collaborations, and share insights across all sectors, industries, and societies. In the midst of the crisis we are faced with today there is more than ever an urgent need to come together and seek collaborative solutions. Our ambition is to create an experience that will help bridge the turbulent world we have today and the sustainable world we must win for the future of people and the planet. We are eagerly inviting the entire global community of energy leaders to join us in Rotterdam and help us redesign a better version of the planet we all share.”


It is a pleasure and a privilege to have Rotterdam, as a pioneering city in the energy transition, host the 26th World Energy Congress. Bringing together a global community of energy leaders and visionaries in the City of Rotterdam affirms the city’s continuous commitment to the energy transition through its innovation and sustainability initiatives. The 26th edition of the conference 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.  Chantal Zeegers, Vice Mayor Climate, Building and Housing in the Municipality of Rotterdam


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About the World Energy Council

The World Energy Council is the world's oldest independent and impartial community of energy leaders and practitioners. Through a Humanising Energy vision, we work to involve more people and communities in accelerating energy transitions. Formed in 1923, the Council represents the entire energy spectrum with over 3,000 member organisations in around 90 countries, drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs, and energy stakeholders. We drive impact and inform global, regional, and national energy strategies in support of our mission: to promote the sustainable use and supply of energy for the benefit of all people.


Further details at and @WECouncil


About the Netherlands Member Committee, World Energy Council

The Netherlands National Committee aims to promote sustainable energy development in the Netherlands, as a part of the World Energy Council’s energy vision. As a member of the World Energy Council network, the organisation is committed to representing the national perspective of the Netherlands within national, regional and global energy debates. The committee includes a variety of members to ensure that the diverse energy interests of the Netherlands are appropriately represented. Members of the committee attend high-level events, participate in energy-focused study groups, contribute to technical research and are part of the global energy dialogue.


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