The current WEF Prospectus may be downloaded here as a slide deck in PDF format. It contains all the information displayed on this website including future agendas.
The WEF provides unique value for senior-level stakeholders in this energy / climate / net zero space by addressing the UK’s strategic challenges in an integrated manner as part of a high level programme that is politically and technology agnostic.
The overarching nature of the WEF programme cuts across typical sector 'silos' to provide insights that aim to be 'pathfinding' in nature, thereby helping to facilitate a wider understanding of the prevailing and emerging risks affecting long term decarbonisation.
Operational support comes from the industry value chain via a limited set of annual subscriptions that enable the WEF to convene an equal number of experts from the public sector, diplomatic and NGO domains free of charge, ensuring that the WEF can convene the right balance and mix of personnel while remaining unbiased and free of lobbying.
An active list of c.1000 experts in the UK and overseas is maintained across 150+ organisations to form the WEF's strategic intelligence network. After nearly 20 years of operations the WEF has become a trusted and reliable partner for decision-makers with a deep and extensive network of participants both in the UK and internationally. All our seminars and webinars are hosted by various WEF members through the political year, with all event outputs made freely available to the WEF network.
Organisationally the WEF functions as a microbusiness via a small Secretariat under the ownership and Directorship of Chris Lambert to administer the Members' programme in a centralised and coordinated way. All our seminars and webinars are hosted by various WEF members through the political year with the support of their professional events teams with all event outputs usually made freely available in both document and video formats to the WEF network.
The WEF Programme has never been more relevant than it is now.
Strategic Themes that define the WEF Programme
The WEF's Annual Programme is informed by five strategic themes which cut across our two workstreams and that drive the pathfinding nature of all WEF agendas throughout the political year. These Themes currently are:
- Uncertainties in Climate Science and Trends in Climate Change
- Geopolitics of International Energy Transitions and Implications for Net Zero Delivery
- Delivering UK Energy Transition and Carbon Targets via Policy and Regulation
- Energy System Innovation and Transformation via Technology and Infrastructure
- Challenges for Corporate Strategy, Capital Deployment and the Licence to Operate
All our discussions also cross-reference thematically to maintain continuity from one event to the next, providing strong value for the wide range of organisations and practitioners who take part.
Coordination with Key Public Sector Agencies
We liaise regularly with up to 50 Directors within key public sector agencies, typically government departments and regulatory bodies, to consider the kinds of emerging issues that would benefit from broader discussion by policymakers, industry, NGOs et al. In this way the WEF delivers a programme that is collaborative, relevant and forward-looking.
Key governmental bodies who engage with the WEF include: DESNZ, FCDO, MOD, HMT, DIT, DEFRA & Cabinet Office.
Regulatory contacts who are part of the Programme include: Ofgem, OGA, ONR, NDA, Environment Agency and HSE, and others with a central role such as the Bank of England.
Delivering Value for Participants in the WEF Network
The WEF maintains a deep understanding of emerging and strategic issues at policy level in order to define relevant agendas that effectively analyse climate risks and energy transitions for a wide expert network.
Successfully pathfinding the risks and opportunities to a clean energy transition is achieved by actively integrating experts from across a wide range of different interest groups, and by maintaining multiple points of contact at senior level in all organisations within the WEF network.
The WEF is trusted and valued by government, regulators and the wider sector that it serves, ensuring an appropriately diverse approach to representation on its panels.
The WEF constituency is well-established, including 150 organisations and a 50:50 public-private sector split overall, forming a diverse and well-informed group of practitioners who form a knowledge transfer network that is material to the design and delivery of policy and infrastructure.
WEF allows places to be used transferrably within participating organisations, and we seek to maintain the costs of WEF membership for corporates at well below commercial event rates so that we cover our operational costs while delivering optimal value for time and money for everyone involved.