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WEF Mission and Value Proposition

WEF's MISSION:

To Foresee and Evaluate the Risks and Opportunities within a Range of UK Energy and Climate Transition Pathways'

Since 2004 WEF has delivered a fully independent, leading Knowledge Exchange Programme for a specific network of senior stakeholders who together are responsible for the design and delivery of the UK’s energy, climate and sustainability strategies. WEF provides unique insight and value by actively addressing the UK’s strategic challenges in an integrated way, built around two integrated workstreams that provide important continuity for over 150 organisations.

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.

  1. Scientific Contexts of Climate Change & Uncertainty
  2. Geopolitics of Climate Change & the Dynamics of  International Energy Transitions
  3. Development and Delivery of UK Energy and Climate Policies, Regulation & Finance
  4. Innovation & Technologies to Enable to a Sustainable ‘Net Zero’ Energy Economy
  5. Evaluating the ‘Licence To Operate’ for Organisations in the Context of Climate Change

 

DELIVERABLES:

1.   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.

2.   Actionable intelligence for participants in the WEF Programme generated within a confidential environment.

3.   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 bolstered by Outreach briefings.

 

OPERATIONAL:

WEF’s operational support comes from via 75+ annual industry subscriptions that enable the WEF to convene the right expert constituency from across the political, industrial, financial and NGO domains, thereby forming the WEF’s cross-silo constituency. 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 webinars and seminars kindly hosted by various WEF members, and the Outreach film briefings produced centrally by the WEF. We allow access to WEF to be used transferrably within participating organisations, and we aim to maintain WEF subs well below commercial rates to cover our operational costs.