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Cape Town to host 13 cities for the World Energy Cities Partnership 2016 AGM<p>​​Cities are at the forefront of driving change and economic growth, with more and more cities, including Cape Town, trying to take control of their energy futures.  <br><br>Cape Town is becoming one of the world’s emerging energy capitals, with four international energy conferences, including the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP), taking place in our city next week. </p><div>This is the first time that the WECP is convening in South Africa.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The WECP was established in 1995 and currently has 19 member cities, with the Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage, serving as WECP President and the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, serving as the Vice-President.</div><div><br>The City of Cape Town joined the WECP in June 2015. Soon thereafter, Wesgro won the bid to organise the 2016 WECP annual general meeting (AGM), with the City as the host. <br><br>We are delighted to welcome the 13 WECP member cities to Cape Town for this year’s gathering where we are actively seeking partnerships to find ways to collaborate with other leading cities in improving energy security, diversifying energy supply, and enabling inclusive economic growth. <br><br>The following mayors will be in attendance: Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage; Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner; Mayor of Stavanger, Christine Sagen Helgø; Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi; Mayor of Esbjerg, Johnny Søtrup; the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam; and the Mayor of Daqing, Ming Zhao.<br><br>Partners and energy stakeholders for this event include Wesgro, Saldanha Bay IDZ, GreenCape and the South African Oil and Gas Alliance. <br><br>The AGM will also provide the ideal platform to showcase Cape Town and the Western Cape as an energy investment destination, profile the City of Cape Town as a globally competitive business city, and expose local businesses and partners to new international contacts. <br><br>Over the three-day conference, mayors and representatives from these cities will share their experience, best practice examples, and goals for creating a new energy future. <br><br>The conference will provide valuable insights into how cities across the world are taking control of their energy needs, responding to climate change, stimulating economic growth, and creating jobs in the energy sector.<br><br>Mayors and experts in the energy, oil and gas sectors will be speaking on issues such as energy for economic growth, oil and gas infrastructure, the growth of green energy hubs, and renewable energy and local government <br><br>Members of the media are invited to attend the following events: <br><br><strong>Monday 31 October 2016: opening session of the World Energy Cities Partnership</strong></div><div>Time:              08:30 for 09:00 – 12:00</div><div>Venue:          Westin Hotel Ball Room <br><br></div><div>Speakers include Mayor Patricia de Lille speaking on ‘Energy for Economic Growth’ and David van der Spuy from the Petroleum Agency of South Africa who will provide an overview of South Africa’s oil and gas resources. <br><br></div><div>The WECP President and Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage, and past president of the WECP, the Mayor of Stavanger, Christine Sagen Helgø, as well as other mayors will also be speaking on a panel looking at opportunities and challenges in their own cities. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Monday 31 October 2016: Developing an energy sector hub</strong></div><div>Time:              14:00 – 17:00</div><div>Venue:          Westin Hotel Ball Room</div><div><br></div><div>Western Cape Minister for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, will provide a keynote address on Project Khulisa: ‘Developing an oil and gas servicing hub in the Western Cape’, followed by a panel discussion on oil and gas infrastructure with representatives from the Saldanha Bay IDZ, Transnet National Ports Authority, Esbjerg in Denmark and Dongying in China.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Tuesday 1 November 2016: Renewable energy and Local government: </strong></div><div>Time:              13:00 – 16:00</div><div>Venue:          Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront</div><div><br></div><div>Speakers at this session include Lance Greyling, Director of Trade and Investment in the Mayor’s Office speaking on ‘Positioning Cape Town as a green energy hub’, CEO of GreenCape, Mike Mulcahy speaking on ‘Growing the renewable energy value chain in Cape Town’, and a panel discussion on small-scale renewables with the Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi, and representatives from GreenCape and Greater Stavanger Economic Development. </div><div><br></div><div>Niall Kramer, CEO of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance, and CEO of GreenCape, Mike Mulcahy, will be in conversation with each other about the relationship between gas and renewables. <br><br></div><div><strong>Wednesday 2 November 2016: the conference culminates with the WECP 2016 AGM: Cities as drivers of change in the energy sector</strong></div><div>Time:              09:00 – 10:00 </div><div>Venue:          City of Cape Town Council Chambers, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, Hertzog Boulevard </div><div><br></div><div>The event will commence with a signing ceremony to welcome the City of Cape Town as the newest member of the World Energy Cities Partnership.  <br><br></div><div>This will be followed by a keynote address by the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner (secretary-general of the WECP) who will speak on: ‘Powering energy cities through innovation, inclusive growth and resilience strategies’. <br><br></div><div>Mayor De Lille will provide a keynote address: ‘Cape Town: taking control of our own energy future’. <br><br></div><div>The session will end with a keynote address by the Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage (WECP President): ‘Halifax maximising energy efficiencies’. <br><br></div><div>All media are invited to attend the above events. For media accreditation, kindly RSVP to: by close of business on Friday 28 October 2016. <br><br></div><div>Accreditation can be collected from Zara Nicholson in the Mayor’s Office, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre on Friday 28 October 2016 between 13:00 and 16:00.<br><br></div><div>Interview requests with visiting mayors or with any of the energy sector stakeholders, should be directed to <em><strong>Zara Nicholson</strong></em> via e-mail: <a href=""></a></div><div><br><br></div><div><strong>End​</strong><br><strong></strong><br></div>2016-10-26T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#7208cddc-3681-4951-b6ed-d546322f74e6;L0|#07208cddc-3681-4951-b6ed-d546322f74e6|World energy cities partnership 2016 AGM;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#bf9ac0df-9624-4b90-bae4-415adbb6e1a2;L0|#0bf9ac0df-9624-4b90-bae4-415adbb6e1a2|Investment destination;GPP|#7208cddc-3681-4951-b6ed-d546322f74e61


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