World Petroleum Council

The World Petroleum Council (WPC) is a non-advocacy, non-political organization with charitable status in the U.K. and has accreditation as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from the United Nations (UN). The WPC is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable use and management of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all.

WPC conducts the triennial World Petroleum Congress, covering all aspects of the industry including management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact. In addition, outside stakeholders such as governments, other industry sectors, NGOs and international institutions have also joined in the dialogue.

WPC Membership Statistics

  • Nearly 65 Member countries world wide
  • Representing over 95% of the world’s oil and gas consumption and production
  • Covering all five continents
  • Since 1933
  • UN accredited

Member Countries

Algeria
Angola
Argentina
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Colombia
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Egypt
France
Germany
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Israel
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea
Kuwait
Libya
Macedonia
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Peru
Poland
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
USA
Venezuela
Vietnam

World Petroleum Council Vision

The WPC’s core value and purpose, as stated in the Articles of Association, centers on sustaining and improving the lives of people throughout the world.

The World Petroleum Council’s (WPC) main purpose is to catalyze and facilitate dialogue amongst internal and external stakeholders aimed at seeking solutions to key technical, social, environmental and management challenges in global energy issues for the benefit of mankind. In doing so, the WPC will contribute towards sustainable growth.

The WPC does not take a position on the key issues facing oil and gas; but it provides a forum where the solutions to key challenges can be addressed.

The World Petroleum Congress

Every three years, the World Petroleum Council organizes the World Petroleum Congress as the principal meeting place for a global discussion of oil and gas issues. Following a twelve month campaign period, one of the candidate countries is selected by its fellow Council members to host the next World Petroleum Congress. Following the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow from 15-19 June 2014 in Moscow, Turkey will be the next host of the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul in 2017 (www.22wpc.com)

2017 – 22nd WPC, Istanbul 1983 – 11th WPC, London
2014 – 21st WPC, Moscow 1979 – 10th WPC, Bucharest
2011 – 20th WPC, Doha 1975 – 9th WPC, Tokyo
2008 – 19th WPC, Madrid 1971 – 8th WPC, Moscow
2005 – 18th WPC, Johannesburg 1967 – 7th WPC, Mexico City
2002 – 17th WPC, Rio 1963 – 6th WPC, Frankfurt
2000 – 16th WPC, Calgary 1959 – 5th WPC, New York
1997 – 15th WPC, Beijing 1955 – 4th WPC, Rome
1994 – 14th WPC, Stavanger 1951 – 3rd WPC, The Hague
1991 – 13th WPC, Buenos Aires 1937 – 2nd WPC, Paris
1987 – 12th WPC, Houston  1933 – 1st WPC, London

Beyond the triennial Congress, the World Petroleum Council is regularly involved with a number of other meetings such as the WPC Youth Forum, the WPC-UN Global Compact Best Practice Forum a joint WPC / OPEC workshop on CO2 sequestration, reduction of methane flaring, opportunities for enhanced oil recovery, dispute resolution, calculating reserves and resources, regional integration and the oil, gas and infrastructure developments in Africa.

Mission, Values and Principles

Mission

The WPC is the only organization representing the global oil and gas community. The Council’s core value and purpose centers on sustaining and improving the lives of people around the world, through:

  • enhanced understanding of issues and challenges.
  • networking opportunities in a global forum.
  • co-operation (partnerships) with other organizations
  • an opportunity to showcase the industry and demonstrate best practice.
  • information dissemination via congresses, reports, regional meetings and workshops.
  • initiatives for educating young people on energy matters.
  • awareness of environmental issues, conservation of energy and sustainable solutions

Values

The WPC values strongly:

  • Respect for individuals and cultures world wide
  • Unbiased and objective views
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Good governance
  • A positive perception of energy from petroleum
  • Science and technology
  • The views of all stakeholders
  • And the management of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all

Principles

The WPC seeks to be identified with its mission and flexible enough so that it can embrace change and adapt to it. The WPC has to be:

  • pro-active and responsive to changes and not merely led by them
  • creative and visionary, so that we add value for all
  • challenging, so that our goals require effort to attain but are realistic and achievable
  • focused, so that our goals are clear and transparent
  • understandable to all

Key Strategic Areas

World Class Congress
to deliver a quality, premier world class oil and gas congress

Inter Congress Activities
to organize fora for cooperation and other activities on specific topics and to organize regional events of relevance to WPC members and all stakeholders

Co-operation eith other stakeholders
to add value by cooperating with other organizations to seek synergies and promote best practice.

Communication
to increase awareness, of WPC’s activities, through enhanced communication, both internally and externally.

Global Representation
to attract and retain worldwide involvement in WPC.

Youth (and Gender) Engagement
to increase the participation of young people and women in oil and gas issues, including the establishment of a dedicated Youth Committee for the development of active networking opportunities with young people.

Legacy
to create a central WPC legacy fund to benefit communities and individuals around the world based on WPC’s mission

Structure

The Council is the governing body of the World Petroleum Council which convenes once a year. Its global membership elects the President and an Executive Committee every three years to develop and execute its strategy. The Council also selects the host country for the next World Petroleum Congress from the candidate countries. To ensure the scientific and topical quality of the event the Council elects a Congress Program Committee whose members are responsible for delivering the high-level content for its Congresses.

The Secretariat of the World Petroleum Council is based in London, under the leadership of the Director General and his dedicated team.