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Our ad hoc World Energy Perspectives reports and studies are based on the expert insights from our network of leaders and practitioners and provide a bottom up assessment of key issues and technologies impacting the energy sector.


World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Policies – What works and what does not

The report, World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Policies, is produced in collaboration with France’s energy and environment agency, ADEME. The report shows that more and more countries are now involved in energy efficiency policies, but also highlights numerous factors that have affected energy efficiency progress across 85 countries, representing more than 90% of global consumption. […]

Published in September 2013

Smart grid

World Energy Perspective: Smart grids – best practice fundamentals for a modern energy system

The transition towards a low-carbon economy will change both the way power is produced and the way it is consumed. Smart grids are an essential element to facilitate this transformation and for achieving energy security, affordable energy and climate change mitigation—the three elements of the “energy trilemma”. To help facilitate the deployment of smart grids, […]

Published in October 2012

Nuclear energy

World Energy Perspective: Nuclear Energy One Year After Fukushima

The events on 11 March 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which resulted from the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, was initially expected to have wide ranging consequences on the global energy mix as governments and companies seek to address the challenges of providing a sustainable supply of energy for all. As part […]

Published in March 2012


World Energy Resources: Shale Gas – What’s New

In mid-2010, the World Energy Council published a comprehensive report on shale gas. Given the slow pace of change and long lead-times typical to the energy sector, it is amazing to note how different the global outlook for shale gas is today compared to last year. A widely anticipated global gas market revolution has not […]

Published in December 2011


World Energy Scenarios: Global Transport Scenarios 2050

Over the next four decades, the global transportation sector will face unprecedented challenges related to demographics, urbanization, pressure to minimize and dislocate emissions outside urban centres, congestion of aging transport infrastructure and growth in fuel demand. In light of these challenges and the levels of uncertainty, the World Energy Council (WEC) decided to re-examine the […]

Published in December 2011

Wec Rules of Trade

WEC Rules of Trade 2011: Energy Sector Environmental Innovation

The World Energy Council (WEC) has presented three principal statements dealing with rules of trade in the energy sector to COP17 and the WTO. It is hoped that these statements, representing the WEC membership of 3000 organisations in over 90 countries, will aid policy makers to develop sustainable structures to improve the utilisation of energy. […]

Published in November 2011


Interconnectivity: Benefits and Challenges

In this report the role of interconnectivity in the development of energy systems is examined with the associated socio-economic, environmental, financial and regulatory aspects that must be taken into account for successful interconnection projects. One of the major factors affecting world development is energy. Final energy use has increased globally by nearly 20 percent in […]

Published in September 2011


Roadmap towards a Competitive European Energy Market

With the financial crisis evolving into a severe, global economic recession, there have been growing doubts over whether energy markets can continue to operate efficiently under present conditions or whether the shift to non-market mechanisms would be a better choice. This question remains an ongoing source of debate in the recently liberalised electricity sector. Textbook […]

Published in October 2010


Biofuels: Policies, Standards and Technologies

This report from the Biofuels task force of the World Energy Council reviews the debate between supporters and opponents of Biofuels, against the backdrop of rapidly increasing energy demand. Skyrocketing prices of crude oil in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century accompanied by rising prices for food focused political and public […]

Published in September 2010


Energy and Urban Innovation 2010

This report outlines the energy-related challenges that cities, particularly large and ‘mega-cities’, will face during the coming decades. It analyses the technical and policy actions that must be taken to meet these challenges and the role the energy industry and business can play in designing and implementing efficient solutions. The report is the result of […]

Published in September 2010

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