World Energy Issues Monitor 2016

How to read the Issues Monitor

  • Critical uncertainties: Issues with high uncertainty and high impact (in the top-right quadrant) are the ‘critical uncertainties’ with no clear path of action which keep energy leaders most awake at night. These issues need to be part of the energy leaders’ dialogue and scenario analysis.
  • Action priorities: The issues in the high-impact and low-uncertainty space are those which keep energy leaders most busy (bottom-right, ‘action issues’).
  • Weak signals: The low-impact and low-uncertainty issues (bottom-left quadrant) include those of perceived lesser importance or those that are still not fully understood and in need of further investigation.
  • The responses are translated into issue monitors with the three assessed dimensions: the impact of an issue on the energy sector – this forms the x axis; the degree of uncertainty related to its impact – this forms y axis; the urgency with which we need to address the specific issue – represented by the proportional size of the issue bubble where a larger size corresponds to a higher degree of urgency.

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  • Macroeconomic Risks & Vulnerabilities
  • Capital Markets
  • Climate Framework
  • Commodity Prices
  • Corruption
  • Currency Uncertainty
  • Cyber Threats
  • Energy Affordability
  • Energy Poverty
  • Energy Prices
  • Energy Water Nexus
  • Extreme Weather Risks
  • Global Recession
  • Land Use
  • Large Scale Accidents
  • Talent
  • Terrorism
  • Energy Geopolitics & Regional Issues
  • Brazil
  • China/India
  • EU Cohesion
  • Middle-East Dynamics
  • Russia
  • US Policy
  • Energy Policies & Business Environment
  • Decentralised Systems
  • Energy Subsidies
  • Market Design
  • Regional Interconnection
  • Trade Barriers
  • Energy Vision & Technology
  • Biofuels
  • CCS
  • Coal
  • Electric Storage
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Hydrogen Economy
  • Large Scale Hydro
  • Liquefied Natural Gas
  • Nuclear
  • Renewable Energies
  • Smart Grids
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Unconventionals

Overview and Trends

The 2016 World Energy Issues Monitor samples the views of energy leaders from across the globe to highlight the critical uncertainties facing the sector. This year’s report finds that industry leaders in 2016 are most concerned about commodity prices, the ongoing effects of economic slowdown and continued climate framework uncertainty, while issues of new market design and electric storage are rapidly gaining prominence. The report also finds that the ability to finance the transition to a more sustainable energy system keeps energy leaders busy at work. There is a growing acknowledgement that adaptation to new resilience challenges (cyber threats, extreme weather risks and the energy-water nexus) will require attention and funding, while smart innovation and regional interconnection are also being recognised as being key parts of the solution. Key regional disparities exist in the Issues Monitor; most noticeably for issues of coal, corruption, large scale hydro and nuclear, but also resilience issues such as the energy-water nexus and cyber threats.