WECP Member Cities Convene in Houston

Member cities of the World Energy Cities Partnership came together for a working group meeting in Houston. Once again the event benefited from coinciding with CERAWeek, and many of the city representatives played a vital role in panel discussions.

Notably, the gathering witnessed the largest number of mayors in attendance, underscoring the significance of the event. Representatives from cities including Aberdeen, Perth, Halifax, St. Johns, Houston, Stavanger, Karamay, Capetown, Calgary, Groningen, and Dongying convened to exchange insights and foster relationships.

President Jesper Frost Rasmussen began the working group meeting by thanking Andy Icken of Houston. The meeting marked the conclusion of his tenure, and the President acknowledged his contributions to the WECP community.

Stavanger provided an update on the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in the autumn, directing attendees to the newly launched website for detailed information on the program.

Discussions centered around the significance of academic partnerships and business-to-business collaborations and how the two topics can further the energy cities’ goals in terms of leading the energy transition. Attendees expressed satisfaction that the AGM in Stavanger will cover these areas, affirming the collective commitment to driving sustainability progress and innovation.

The City of Essen participated in the meeting with two observers, Mayor Thomas Kufen and Head of Communications Silke Lenz, reflecting the city’s commitment to staying informed and engaged with WECP proceedings.

At the end of the meeting, all cities provided valuable insight into local sustainable solutions and the current energy landscape. This global update serves as an inspiration to the members of the World Energy Cities Partnership.