World Energy Council Issues Monitor 2020

World Energy Issues Monitor 2020: Decoding new signals of change

is the latest publication of the World Energy Council

The 2020 edition of the World Energy Issues Monitor provides unique insight into what energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts identify as critical uncertainties and action priorities this year.

Based on the analysis of over 3,000 survey responses from energy leaders in 104 countries, the World Energy Council identified the major trends and topics impacting the energy transition. Three main insights have emerged from this year’s World Energy Issues survey:

  • Macroeconomic and geopolitical issues define critical uncertainties
  • Technology issues define action priorities
  • Regional integration is a “desired” means of improving energy security

New this year, the Issues Monitor provides readers with the views of the individual customer, detailing their perception of their role in the over-all energy system based on 550 responses from individual energy users in 50 countries.

The World Energy Issues Monitor 2020 identifies shifting patterns of connected issues shaping the energy transition. Some of the key trends and topics that have emerged from tracking these issues over time as well as the survey of individual consumers are:

  • We have entered a new decade of the customer
  • Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) is gaining in importance within the oil & gas sector
  • While opinions differ globally, nuclear power remains important in Europe

Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General & CEO, World Energy Council, commented: “Our annual Energy Issues Monitor is an essential tool for enabling shared understanding of the complex issues involved in accelerating energy transition in regionally diverse energy societies with different energy systems. The social costs and implications of accelerating global energy transition are becoming more pressing. In response, we have started to shape and address the social energy agenda and reach out beyond the energy sector to engage new and non-traditional energy transition leaders.”

you are also invited to explore the Issues Monitor Interactive Tool  where you can track issues’ evolution across time and regions.