by Monique Tsang

WEC: Launch of online resource for energy info

World Energy Council provides platform for its data to be viewed by all

The World Energy Council launched a new online platform to provide all with access to its research
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The online resource, on the new website of the World Energy Council (WEC), has been launched at the Africa Energy Indaba in South Africa. The website (www.worldenergy.org) provides open access to the WEC’s energy knowledge repository from the organisation’s 90-year history. 

Speaking at the launch of the website, Christoph Frei, secretary-general of the WEC, said: “Making the World Energy Council’s reference material openly available is part of our commitment to the common good.

"We have been producing respected reports and analysis on the energy sector for decades, and it is right that in our 90th year we now make this information even more accessible.”

The information is drawn from the WEC’s studies on energy resources, issues, policies and global energy sustainability ranking. The website comes with interactive data visualisation tools to help users understand and compare energy data across regions. It further allows users to download select data in numerical or graphical formats. 

Stuart Neil, senior director of External Affairs and Communications, added: “In today’s information-saturated world, it is often difficult to sort out the right information in order to make balanced, impartial decisions.

"The World Energy Council has the information, and this new website will provide a valuable and trusted resource, enabling governments, businesses and the media to access the information they need, when they need it.” 

The new WEC website offers users quick and easy access to essential information on the WEC and its global network of member committees in more than 90 countries. It also boasts improved navigation for users to find the WEC’s events, publications and work programmes more easily. 

The site has been specifically designed with the help of website design company, Bang Communications (www.bang-on.net), to enable access to information from countries with low-bandwidth infrastructure and without the need for proprietary software. This will ensure the site can be viewed across the world and on many types of media devices. 

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