Press Release 12 November 2007
WEC SETS GLOBAL TARGETS TO USHER IN A CLEANER ENERGY
Rome, Italy, 12 November 2007 - As debate intensifies over how to satisfy the world's growing thirst for energy while simultaneously meeting environmental goals, the World Energy Council today is introducing a series of global targets to raise energy access, increase the reliability of energy systems and curb energy-related emissions. The targets will benchmark progress by industry and government in building a sustainable energy future.
The targets figure in a new report published today, Deciding the Future: Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050. "The WEC targets can be achieved, given much greater levels of international cooperation between governments, closer government-private sector collaboration, increases in research and development, and further integration of energy markets," said Brian Statham, Chair of the WEC Energy Scenarios Study.
WEC targets the following:
- Halve the number of people without access to a minimum level of commercial energy to one billion by 2035, and halve again to 500 million by 2050;
- Develop commercial and physical energy systems that are 99% reliable in the US, Europe and parts of Asia by 2035, and in most of Asia, Africa and Latin America by 2050;
- Stabilize greenhouse emissions by 2035, and reduce man-made emissions by 2050, decoupling emissions growth from economic growth
"WEC Energy Scenarios clearly demonstrate by 2050 we can double energy supplies to meet world energy demand and build a sustainable energy future," said Robert Schock, WEC Director of Studies.
The World Energy Council in partnership with Oliver Wyman (global consulting firm) has over the past year worked on its third Assessment of country energy and climate policy aiming to identify key areas for policy improvements and to understand how successful policies can be transferred from one country to another. more >