Innovation Insights Brief: Energy Infrastructure - Affordability Enabler or Decarbonisation Constraint?

July 10, 2019

The World Energy Council has developed a set of principles for designing an Infrastructure Action Plan to ensure that decommissioning, stranded assets and/or repurposing does not become a barrier to affordable decarbonisation. These principles are based on deep-dive interviews with energy leaders from around the world, supplemented with research.

Most existing energy infrastructure assets are designed and built to last for decades. Th...

Innovation Insights Brief: New Hydrogen Economy - Hype or Hope?

June 10, 2019

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies have experienced cycles of high expectations followed by impractical realities. This time around, however, falling renewable energy and fuel cell prices, stringent climate change requirements and the discrete involvement of China are step changes. The combination of these factors is leading to realistic potential for hydrogen’s role in the Grand Transition.

Having conducted exploratory interviews wi...

World Energy Insights Brief: Global Energy Scenarios Comparison Review

April 16, 2019

Energy transition is a part of a much wider Grand Transition, which is not all about energy. Energy transition cannot be achieved all at once or by any one actor. Relying only on better energy modelling and forecasting to guide successful transition will be fatal, even in a data-rich era.

It is timely for energy leaders to ask:

  • Are global energy scenarios achieving their potential in opening up action on new energy futures?

  • How do the C...

World Energy Issues Monitor 2019: Managing the Grand Energy Transition

Feb. 25, 2019

The World Energy Issues Monitor provides a snapshot of what keeps CEOs, Ministers and experts awake at night in nearly 90 countries. The monitor helps to define the world energy agenda and its evolution over time. It provides a high-level perception of what constitute issues of critical uncertainty, in contrast to those that require immediate action or act as developing signals for the future. It is an essential tool for understandin...