The World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) and Network (WREN) is a non-profit company set up in 1990 to help foster transfer of renewable energy technology from developed countries to developing countries. For more than 10-years their Honorary President was the Deputy Director General of UNESCO, Prof. Dr Adan Badran. WREC is a British company which organizes conferences and seminars, publishes books, journals and magazines around the world in the field of Renewable Energy. More than 40 countries have hosted the Congress, among them: UK, Germany, Italy, USA, Australia, UAE and Sweden. The Congress participants have been from more than 80 countries. Regional conferences have been held in: Italy, Canada, Colombia, Algeria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Zambia, Malawi, India, West Indies, Tunisia, Indonesia, Libya, Taiwan, UAE, Oman, Czech Republic, Bahrain, Germany, Australia, Poland, Netherlands, Thailand, South Korea, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Morocco, Sweden, France, USA, China and UK.
Among its eminent speakers have been H HOIafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland, Dr Romano Prodi, Prime Minister of Italy, RT Hon Dr Stephen Timms MP, Rt Hon John Redwood MP, Rt Hon John Gummer MP, Sir Norman Foster, the Hon Sir Johnathon, Porritt, Crown Prince Faisal of Jordan, H E Dr AbdulasisBin Othman Altwaijri – Director General of ISESCO, he is now WREN Honorary Chairman, Rt Hon US Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O’Leary and US Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof Steven Chu, Mrs Monika Ghandi, Minister of Environment, India, Admiral Truly, Dr Charly Gay and Dan Arvisu Director General of NREL, USA, first Minister of Scotland Rt Hon Alex Salmond, President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and H R H Princess Victoria of Sweden. WREN worked with UN, UNESCO, WEC, UNIDO, UNEP, WMO, WHO, ESCWA, ISES, SER, EU, Common Wealth Science Council, and WB.
The Chairman of WREC is Professor Ali Sayigh, B Sc. AWP. DIC, Ph. D, FIE, FIEE, C Eng. Chairman IEI, UK member of WEC and FRSA. The first Congress was held in Reading, UK in 1990 and it has been held every second year since then. In 2012 it was held in Denver where more than 3000 participants were present. The 2020 Congress will be held in Colombo – Sri Lanka 30th September– 04th October 2019.