The 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow: Responsibly Energising a Growing World

May 13, 2014

of IPIECA’s 40th Anniversary. Daily “SR Knowledge Tours” will take small groups on a guided tour around the World Petroleum Exhibition to meet with a number of companies for a 15 minute visit each and an overview of their Social Responsibility initiatives.

Selected companies have been invited to share their experiences and provide case studies of practical engagement and joint projects with local communities and other stakeholders at the stand. They will cover the topics identified in the SR theme for the Congress and showcase how companies can earn a social license to operate.

Engaging the next generation

The energy of young people is a driving force for global sustainable development. This is an inexhaustible energy source that promotes innovation, out-of-the-box thinking and international cooperation between peers and senior experts in the energy field. The World Petroleum Council, recognising the importance of providing young professionals and students with an active seat at the table, invited the WPC Youth Committee to create an interactive programme to attract and involve young people in the Congress.

Young people were offered an opportunity to provide abstracts for the main technical programme of the Congress and to have the chance to be selected as an official presenter and even receive an Excellence Award for Youth. Over 100 young people under 35 benefited from this opportunity and will now be presenting on key industry topics during the Congress. At the Congress they will be able to attend a special Youth Debate or take part in the daily discussion sessions and leadership training at the dedicated Youth Lounge in the exhibition. Throughout the event, young delegates will be able to meet global energy leaders, attend technical tours and social events, and benefit from networking with their peers.

To gather the views of young people and integrate them in the programme discussions, the Youth Committee launched a global Youth Survey and will be sharing the results at the Congress.

A team of 300 young volunteers was selected from international nominations and students at Moscow’s prestigious Gubkin University to participate in the Congress and to welcome the international participants to Russia.

WPC Excellence Awards

Every three years at the Congress, the WPC Excellence Awards (WPCEA) recognise companies, institutions or organisations (not individuals) engaged in the oil and gas industry for promoting or operating with high excellence standards in the areas of Technological Developments and Social Responsibility. The winners of these prestigious awards will be announced at the WPC Excellence Awards Ceremony on the first day of the Congress.

Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah to receive the Dewhurst Award

In one of the highlights of the Congress, HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah is being recognised for his “outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry” with the highest honour of the World Petroleum Council, the Dewhurst Award. This distinguished lifetime achievement award celebrates his exceptional role as the architect of Qatar’s energy transformation.

The Gulf state’s former energy minister who now chairs Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority will be presented