Pursuing sustainability: 2010 Assessment of country energy and climate policies
The second edition of our yearly Energy and Climate Policy Assessment, produced in conjunction with Oliver Wyman, is World Energy Council’s contribution to meeting the challenge of designing new energy governance with sound and effective public policies.
At a time when all countries are working to develop
strategies for putting the crisis behind them,
economic growth is an entirely legitimate and
worthwhile goal. The problem is that the kind of
growth we have pursued in the past forces us to
address three fundamental issues:
The first is security of supply. We must invest in
new sources and infrastructure to meet demand.
The crisis has negatively affected some investment
plans, and the recent surge in oil and commodity
prices may curb growth.
The second is environmental protection and
climate change. Responsible for 60% of global
greenhouse gas emissions and much of regional
and urban air pollution, the energy sector is clearly
on the front line of climate change. And in terms of
urban environment, at a time when one out of
every two people lives in a city, air quality is a