About the Forum
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CONTEXT & OBJECTIVES
The Forum is an established network of private and public sector organisations whose executives require a clear understanding of strategic energy risks, and who value an informed exchange of ideas about the implications of these risks for policy and markets. The Forum is based in London and convenes around an annual programme of eight ‘benchmarking’ seminars covering the key themes in this field. Most of the individuals and organisations involved are themselves material to the design or delivery of energy policy and infrastructure in several different areas.
The seminars are each followed by private, published Proceedings that provide detailed reference reports for the network on the significant issues arising. Uniquely, the Forum is horizontally integrated, cutting across the typical sector ‘silos’ to bring together high level strategists from Government, Parliament, European bodies, the London financial and corporate sectors, NGOs, and diplomats. A central membership of more than a hundred international corporates are joined by representatives from over two hundred other, invited organisations throughout the year who contribute to particular seminars according to the specific agendas of each.
The London seminar programme is structured as a recurring annual series which follows the political year and, although UK-focused, agendas are set within an international context that reflects the increasing interdependence and dynamics between globalised players, and the prominence of London as a leading investment hub for the sector. Furthermore, by providing a non-partisan and pragmatic context in which the various stakeholder groups can convene the Forum helps to clarify what strategic energy options are commercially practicable, and which policy ideas are realistic and deliverable by the market. The thematic seminars, and the associated published resources, therefore typically concentrate on key questions which policy and the market will together need to resolve in the subsequent months.
What The Forum Does
WEF coordinates the UK’s foremost seminar programme addressing the design, development and delivery of UK energy policy.
Uniquely, it integrates the entire value chain of public and private sector bodies, together with NGOs and diplomats, in determining whether policy is deliverable by the market.
The Forum’s outputs are used as regular benchmarks by the sector, and are used to inform policymakers of emerging risks to delivery.