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.
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:
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.Use the tool Find out more View latest publication
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.Use the tool Find out more View latest publication
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.Find out more View latest publication
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.Find out more
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.Find out more View latest publication