The purpose of the WEF is to review, evaluate and share intelligence on the risks and opportunities associated with global energy and climate transitions, in support of UK Government Net Zero goals and associated industrial and corporate strategies.
Since 2004 the WEF has delivered an expert Knowledge Exchange Programme by invitation that convenes specific networks of senior stakeholders responsible for the design and delivery of UK energy, climate and sustainability strategies. As a politically and technology agnostic industry association the WEF provides value and insight with a business intelligence service that addresses the UK’s strategic challenges in an integrated way, cutting across sector silos.
The WEF Programme is currently divided into two complementary workstreams, of four sessions each:
- Energy Sector Industrial Assessments and their Decarbonisation Strategies
- Climate Risks, Corporate Strategy and the Requirements for Net Zero Delivery
Working closely with Government, Regulators and various NDPBs, the WEF constituency convenes regularly throughout the political year by invitation, online and in person. Discussions take place under the Chatham House Rule, with the full value chain represented in unique, pathfinding webinars and seminars that are supported further by centrally produced Outreach film briefings.
WEF has an established reputation and provides a ‘safe space’ for meaningful debate that cuts across typical silos. The WEF remains independent, and is both policy and technology agnostic. It does not undertake lobbying but works in the strategic national interest via close liaison with HMG to maintain a long term focus on 5 Strategic Themes.
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 aspects 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
- Monitor and assess the UK’s own strategic energy and sustainability requirements in the context of global energy market forces, geopolitics and environmental trends.
- Analyse the risks to the delivery of various governmental and industrial pathways that are designed to support the UK’s decarbonisation, clean growth and energy security agendas.
- Encourage stakeholders throughout the value chain who are responsible for the strategic resilience of UK industry and society to work collaboratively towards national energy and climate targets.
- A unique integrated programme of invite-only debates that link directly to Government strategy and that are designed to support the UK’s Climate and Energy Transition and to enhance knowledge exchange among expert practitioners.
- Actionable intelligence for participants in the WEF Programme generated within a confidential environment.
- Continuity for participating organisations via an active, established senior practitioner network, and informal advisory support for members of the WEF network provided throughout the year augmented by Outreach briefings.
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.
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 and webinars 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 physical WEF discussions are held under the Chatham House Rule with presentations from each session made available to participating organisations for their own use, and periodically the programme is also supplemented by occasional Outreach films to deliver briefings on specific issues and Ministerial interviews.
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