In 2014 Russia hosted the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow. Under the theme of 'Responsibly Energising a Growing World' all aspects of the Oil & Gas Industry were covered including the upstream and downstream sectors, natural gas and renewables as well as sustainable management of the industry.
As a legacy of the 20th World Petroleum Congress hosted by Qatar in 2011 and in accordance with the policy adopted at the conference, Qatar Museums Authority signed an agreement with the Qatar National Committee for the World Petroleum Council (QNCWPC) to set up an oil and gas gallery at the future National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ).
The Host for the next World Petroleum Congress used the proceeds of the 19th WPC to form the long term legacy benefiting a wide range of foundations and charitable projects. The selected theme: 'A World in Transition: Delivering Energy for Sustainable Growth' provided the Spanish Committee with an excellent framework to plan the legacy for the Congress and the attached World Petroleum Exhibition.
The 18th World Petroleum Congress also chose a sustainability focus for the first ever WPC to be held in Africa: "Shaping the Energy Future: Partners in Sustainable Solutions".
A social responsibility programme included plenaries and keynote presentations in the programme, as well as a special Social Responsibility Seminar alongside the Technical Programme of the Congress, which brought together industry, government and NGOs, to consider practical solutions and examples of successful cooperation.
The World Petroleum Congress in 2000 was the first to integrate the concept of sustainability throughout its event, instead of relegating it to a side position. The theme of the 17th Congress made that very clear: 'The Petroleum Industry: Excellence and Responsibility in Serving Society'.
Chemical engineering student Christian Hamuli fled the Democratic Republic of Congo after his teenaged brother was murdered and rebels attacked his university.
Damon Ross, a fourth-year petroleum engineering student at the University of Alberta, spent part of last summer living in a truck by a creek.
What do these two students have in common? Both are among the 200 students from across Canada receiving scholarships awards worth $3,000 each year from the legacy created after Calgary hosted the 16th World Petroleum Congress in 2000.
The 15th World Petroleum Congress in Beijing adopted the issue of young people as a key aspect of its theme "Technology and Globalization – Leading the Petroleum Industry into the 21st Century". The Congress acknowledged that young people will be the main force to drive future technological development and globalization. To support their education and future involvement in the petroleum industry, the Chinese National Committee donated all the computer and video equipment worth US$215,700 used for the Congress, to its Petroleum University after the close of the15th WPC.
The concept of leaving a legacy in the Host country started in 1994 with the 14th World Petroleum Congress in Stavanger. After the 1994 WPC in Norway the surplus funds of the Congress were put towards the creation and building of a state of the art Petroleum Museum in Stavanger. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum was opened by HM King Harald on 20 May 1999 and its unusual architecture has made it a new and exciting landmark in the port of Stavanger.