The World Energy Cities Academic Partnership (WECAP) is a collaborative effort to generate relevant research activities through WECP member universities. The initiative addresses issues such as CO2 emissions, usage of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources.
In October 2009, nine WECP members signed the Calgary Climate Change Accord. These cities commit to being environmental leaders and catalysts for change by utilizing official policies and plans to reduce municipal government greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They commit to reduce these emissions from their 2005 baseline levels by a minimum of 20% by 2020 and a minimum of 80% by 2050.
This year's Working Meeting is hosted by Houston, Texas. WECP Mayors and officers will have the opportunity to participate in meetings and events to expand business and trade ties, establish key industry contacts, and grow existing partnerships.
Houston is home to more than 3,400 energy-related establishments, both upstream and downstream. Houston also possesses a complex of several thousand miles of product pipeline connecting some 200 chemical plants, refineries, salt domes and fractionation plants along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The goal of Dammam city is to be the energy center in the Gulf area as it has the distinction of meeting 10% of all oil needs of the world. The discovery of oil in the Dammam Metropolitan and the development of the Saudi petroleum industry drew sizable local and foreign investments to the Eastern Province.
Aberdeen is home to the bi-annual Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition, the largest in Europe taking place in September every two years. Aberdeen city and shire is home to some key energy assets including the St. Fergus Gas Terminal which processes around 15% of the UK's natural gas.
Canada's largest concentration of investor-owned electric power generation companies are based in Calgary. Calgary-based companies are driving more than $75 billion of the $108 billion of major energy-related projects in Alberta.