The World Energy Council launched the Innovation Insights Brief: “Energy Infrastructure: Affordability Enabler or Decarbonisation Constraint?” The brief contains exclusive insights based on a series of interviews with global leaders across the energy sector.
The World Energy Issues Monitor provides a snapshot of what keeps CEOs, Ministers and experts awake at night in over 90 countries. The monitor helps to define the world energy agenda and its evolution over time.
The World Energy Perspective ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A STRAIGHT PATH TOWARDS ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY is the 8th report in the series of triennial reports produced by the Council together with ADEME and it is the most comprehensive global publication in the area of energy efficiency policies. Drawing on the experiences and lessons from the research conducted in more than 95 countries around the world, the report presents and evaluates different approaches to energy efficiency policies adopted in these countries and helps identify policies which work well and those which do not.
The energy landscape has changed with most countries achieving a more diversified energy mix as well as a growth in community ownerships and an evolution of micro grids. The new World Energy Resources report launched at the 23rd World Energy Congress on 12 October reveals that the unexpectedly high growth in the renewable energies market, in terms of investment, new capacity and high growth rates in developing countries, is a key factor in this notable shift. It has contributed to falling prices and the increased decoupling of economic growth and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
2016 Energy Trilemma Index ranking shows global energy sector shifting priorities towards more balanced energy mix. Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden achieve AAA score and lead the 125 countries’ index ranking; 9 out of top 10 countries are from Europe showing that EU cooperation on long term policy for energy and climate to 2020 contributes to regional Trilemma success; During 23rd World Energy Congress, energy ministers and officials from Turkey, UAE, Algeria, South Korea, Ecuador, Nigeria, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany and more will debate how to best achieve AAA score to secure sustainable energy
Scenarios are plausible and challenging alternative futures. In producing the World Energy Scenarios, the World Energy Council collaborated with Accenture Strategy and the Paul Scherrer Institute to explore likely futures for the Grand Transition – a world of lower population growth, radical new technologies, greater environmental challenges, and a shift in economic and geopolitical power – looking to 2060. The World Energy Scenarios report presents three exploratory scenarios – Modern Jazz, Unfinished Symphony, and Hard Rock – that provide users with a common language for thinking and talking about current events.
In the light of the growing importance of renewables and especially Variable Renewable Energy Sources (VRES) all over the world, policymakers and the industry need to address emerging issues to ensure continued growth of variable renewables and their successful integration in electricity systems. Renewable Energy Sources (RES) offer many benefits such as CO2 emissions mitigation, fossil fuels import requirement reduction and new jobs creation, just to name a few. At the same time, the recent expansion of variable renewables-based generation (wind and solar PV) also poses certain challenges, both technical and economic and they require short and long-term solutions. The report identifies these challenges and offers solutions drawing on the experience of the industry operators from around the world based on 32 country case studies covering five continents.
The integrated report “Financing resilient energy infrastructure” synthesises the findings on managing risks related to extreme weather events, cyber and the energy water food nexus. It was launched on September 13, 2016 at the International Forum of the Americas in Toronto, Canada.
The World Energy Perspective on Non-tariff Measures is the second report in a series looking at how an open global trade and investment regime concerning energy and environmental goods and services can foster the transition to a low-carbon economy. Building on the previous report on tariff barriers to environmental goods, this paper highlights twelve significant non-tariff measures (NTMs) directly affecting the energy industry and investments in this sector. The World Energy Council has identified that these barriers can greatly impact a country’s trilemma performance – the triple challenge of achieving secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy systems.