Our Commitment

We commit to a Responsible Congress that promotes sustainable energy for all.

The 23rd World Petroleum Congress will inspire delegates through a purposeful journey of Innovative Energy Solutions that apply to the global priorities of our time. The principles of sustainability will be fully integrated to achieve a meaningful impact beyond the Congress. Our approach affirms the World Petroleum Council mission, the Congress theme and vision, and the ambitions of the U.S. and City of Houston.

Sustainability Initiatives

Raising the Bar for a World that Thrives

The 23rd WPC aims to establish a new benchmark in convening an energy event
in more collaborative, resourceful and impactful ways for a world that thrives together.


Our Sustainability Strategy is underpinned by the purpose of the World Petroleum Council to promote the sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.

Energy stakeholders from around the world will converge at the 23rd WPC under the theme of Innovative Energy Solutions. As participants collaborate under a common purpose, we will be highlighting our actions within the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


As the Congress advances dialogue on energy and related social, economic and environmental issues, we are also mindful of the resource impacts on Houston. The 23rd WPC intends to benchmark our practices, leveraging our partners in planning and execution and encouraging our exhibitors to follow best practices for a sustainable congress.

Focusing in Three Important Areas:
Maximize Carbon Reduction & Energy Efficiency
Optimize Waste Diversion
Individual Commitment & Collective Impact


Partnering with Houston’s regional network of diverse-owned businesses is a powerful multiplier in innovation, economic growth and community development. Through contracting opportunities with the Organizing Committee and referrals, we’re advancing the economic inclusion of minority, Women-Owned Business Entrepreneurs (MWBE) and other qualified, small and diverse businesses that share our core values in fulfilling the important Congress mission.

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While the Congress Program is packed with sessions, roundtables, workshops, and forums for energy experts, educational opportunities for youth has also been built into the Congress’ total experience. In partnership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, local high schoolers will be complementing classroom curriculum on energy and sustainability with a hands-on learning experience at the Congress.


Through the WPC Excellence Awards, the World Petroleum Council recognizes outstanding companies and/or organizational performances in the categories of Social Responsibility and Technological Developments, as well as the WPC Excellence Awards for Young Professionals.

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WPC Legacy Fund was established to spread the benefits of the Congress beyond the organizing countries, through carefully selected projects around the world.

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Reporting for progress

The 23rd WPC is convening for measurable, meaningful impact in 2021 and beyond,
applying standards, guidelines and reporting for continuous improvement.

Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsors