In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our shared vision of humanising energy transition was formed to remind us of the importance of energy in the lives of us all, and the role of us all in managing energy transition. As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches most corners of the world, pulling together as a community of deep expertise has never been more important - to share experiences and lessons learned, and better prepare for and shape what comes next. Our role as a credible, responsible and impartial value-adding “global voice” for whole energy system movement has never been more critical.

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Transition Toolkit

Our five leadership tools have been created to define, manage and collaborate effectively on successful energy transition

Creating insight for successful energy transition

Energy is the pivot of global prosperity and wellbeing. Societies depend upon access to reliable, affordable secure and sustainable energy. Energy systems are changing fast, shaped by many factors and diverse actors.

Energy transition is nothing new. However, today’s challenges of managing a successful and global energy transition are unprecedented. Energy is not just a sector: energy developments impact and are impacted by developments in some of the most significant systems around the globe: power, transport, industry, food, buildings. At the same time, the accelerating pace of technological innovation and convergence brings new challenges and opportunities.

Transition Toolkit

In the drive to impact, members of the Council have developed five transition tools to help them to define, better manage and collaborate effectively on successful energy transitions.

These five tools – which can be used individually or in combination – enable the development of new, timely and actionable insights. The flexibility of the toolkit recognises there are different starting points and no ‘one size fits all’ approach to a successful transition. As such, the tools can be used to support interventions on a global, regional, national, sectoral, and/or cross-sectoral basis.

The tools available include:

World EnergyIssues Monitor

In an era where the energy landscape is undergoing faster and fundamental transformation, energy leaders must pay attention to many different signals of change and distinguish key issues from the noise.

The World Energy Council’s annual World Energy Issues Monitor provides a snapshot of what keeps energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts in over 90 countries awake at night. It enables an understanding of the world energy agenda and the evolution of priorities on a historical and geographical basis.

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EnergyTrilemma Index

Healthy energy systems are secure, equitable and environmentally sustainable, showing a carefully managed balanced Trilemma between the three dimensions. Maintaining this balance in context of rapid transition to decentralised, decarbonised, and digital systems is challenging with the risk of passive trade-offs between equally critical priorities.  

Energy leaders need to manage the competing demands of the energy trilemma. The World Energy Council Energy Trilemma Index is an annual measurement of national energy system performances.

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World EnergyScenarios

World Energy Council Scenarios use innovative collaboration, interactive experiences, rigorous research, and analysis to map out plausible energy futures. The practice of developing and using scenarios emerged as a way to provide an inclusive and strategic framework enabling big picture thinking and deeper assumptions, choices and options. The Council has been developing scenarios for almost two decades.

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DynamicResilience Framework

Energy systems need to prepare for multiple and complex emerging risks. 

The Dynamic Resilience Framework is an integrated approach to emerging risk management that contributes to building capacity and capabilities for managing the resilience of energy systems. Resilience to specific events and systemic shifts can be enhanced by situational awareness of the different types of risks preparedness for future developments.

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The Innovation work series is an effort to make sense of the fast-moving pace of the energy transition by digging deeper into the role of technology, policy and social innovation. 

The series includes discussion papers, virtual discussion hubs and workshops to further engage energy stakeholders and allow for innovation to be shared, adopted and possibly implemented on a wider scale.

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Energy Transition ToolkitUser Guide

The World Energy Council’s Energy Transition Toolkit User Guide is designed to serve three functions:  

  • Explain the purpose of the Energy Transition Toolkit  
  • Introduce the five tools  
  • Offer ideas for using the tools 
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