The WEF delivers highly relevant energy and climate expert seminars by invitation that are designed with the long term transitions to UK and global decarbonisation and Net Zero emissions in mind. Our emphasis is on pathfinding the risks and opportunities to this clean energy transition in a way that cuts across the typical industry and interest-group silos.
Liaison with the UK Government and many other public sector agencies is actively managed at senior Director level to ensure that the WEF has both a clear understanding of current and emerging issues at a policy level and to maintain continuity across the various public offices concerned. The WEF is trusted and valued by the Government for its track record and for its focus on emerging risks to the UK’s energy and climate strategy, including indicators and warnings of these risks.
The WEF constituency is well-established – more than 150 organisations, with a 50:50 public-private sector split, come together eight times a year to form a diverse and well-informed group of senior practitioners who value critical analysis and knowledge exchange. The WEF Programme is also made especially relevant by exploring the UK’s energy and climate goals from the perspective of the different players along the value chain.
The WEF Programme also aims to support the sector’s delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. One example is SDG5 on Gender Equality – over the course of a WEF year we ensure equal representation of male and female speakers and push our participating organisations to access the WEF in a balanced way also.
WEF’s operational support comes from a wide range of industry participants via 75+ annual subscriptions that enable the WEF to convene an equal number of experts from across the public sector and NGO domains, thereby forming the WEF’s deliberative cross-silo constituency that covers most of the UK’s energy and climate value chain. Organisationally the WEF is set up to run as a microbusiness to administer the programme, via a small secretariat under the Directorship of Chris Lambert, with all seminars kindly hosted by various WEF members.
We also allow places to be used transferrably within our participating organisations, and we seek to maintain the costs of WEF attendance well below commercial rates to just cover our operational costs while delivering optimal value for time for everyone those involved. All WEF discussions are held under the Chatham House Rule with presentations from each session made available to participating organisations for their own use.
The 2020-2030 decade will be critical for global climate trajectories and for the clean energy transition. To ensure that we cover all relevant issues and drivers, and to provide important continuity, the WEF programme is based upon 5 Strategic Themes that are material to all stakeholders and which will cut across all 8 seminars of the WEF for the foreseeable future.
- Scientific Contexts of Climate Change & Uncertainty
- Geopolitics of Climate Change & the Dynamics of International Energy Transitions
- Development and Delivery of UK Energy and Climate Policies, Regulation & Finance
- Innovation & Technologies to Enable to a Sustainable ‘Net Zero’ Energy Economy
- Evaluating the ‘Licence To Operate’ for Organisations in the Context of Climate Change