Arup to deliver analysis for World Energy Scenarios report

23 March 2016

The World Energy Council has announced that Arup will deliver an analysis into the effects of key urban energy drivers on different energy scenarios. The results will appear in the institute's latest World Energy Scenarios report.

The World Energy Council (WEC) was set up in 1923 and is the UN-accredited global energy body. The Council represents a principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners that promote a stable, affordable and environmentally sound energy system for the benefit of all. The organisation works with more than 3.000 member organisations located in over 90 countries, including NGOs, governments, private and state corporations and academia. The WEC hosts high-level events, produces studies and leverages its network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue.

The World Energy Scenarios is a key study developed by the WEC. The study explores a range of scenarios extending toward 2050 related to different policy choices and their consequent effects. It was recently announced that Arup will work together with WEC, providing the Council with support for its analysis of key urban energy drivers on different energy scenarios. The result of the collaboration will feature in the WEC’s latest Scenarios study to be released later this year at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul (October 9-13, 2016).

Arup to deliver analysis for World Energy Scenarios report

Paula Kirk, Global Climate Change Leader at Arup says: "The World Energy Council is a prominent figure and thought leader and our partnership with them will help us further investigate the potential opportunities in urban areas for innovation and technology in energy. The role of Project Supporter will help strengthen our capabilities as well as encourage City leaders to make informed decisions about the various forms of urban energy. We look forward to our long term partnership with the World Energy Council.”

Christoph Frei, World Energy Council Secretary General, remarks: “We are pleased to welcome Arup as our newest partner. With a special focus on urban innovation, Arup will be providing perspectives and analysis on a selection of resource areas that include ongoing work on e-storage, e-mobility, energy efficiency, solar energy, waste-to-energy, energy-water-food nexus and resilience. With 10,000 projects going on across the globe, Arup brings a treasure box of worldwide experience and case studies to our scenarios work.”

Other major organisations The World Energy Council partners with include EY, National Grid and Repsol.


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At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”