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Are you prepared for new energy futures?

Energy is the pivot of prosperity and human wellbeing – whole societies flourish through access to reliable, affordable secure and sustainable energy. Energy systems are changing fast, shaped by many factors and many and more diverse actors.

Whilst energy transition in nothing new, the challenges of managing a successful and global energy transition are unprecedented. Energy is not just a sector: energy developments impact and are shaped by developments in other systems – power, transport, industry, food, buildings. The accelerating pace of technological innovation and convergence brings new challenges and opportunities e.g. digitalisation of energy and the emerging energy-cyber insecurity nexus.

In the drive to impact, members of the Council have developed five transition tools to help them to define, better manage and collaborate effectively on successful energy transitions.

These five tools – which can be used individually or in combination – enable the development of new, timely and actionable insights. The flexibility of the toolkit recognises there are different starting points and no ‘one size fits all’ approach to a successful transition. As such, the tools can be used to support interventions on a global, regional, national, sectoral, and/or cross-sectoral basis.

The five tools are:

  • World Issues Monitor Index
  • World Energy Trilemma Index
  • World Energy Scenarios
  • Dynamic Resilience Framework
  • Energy Innovation Insights

World Energy Issues Monitor

A horizon scanning and reality check tool.

Now in its 10th year, this tool comprises an annual global horizon scan of 42 individual issues. It visualises perspectives on key challenges, providing a series of maps – global, regional, national and topical clusters – which are produced from an annual survey of thousands of energy leaders across all regions and sectors. This unique tool is grounded in the perspectives of energy leaders across the world and whole energy systems. Member Committee commentaries explaining the national maps offer rich insights on the variation of drivers and priorities in the energy transition. A supporting online tool enables users the flexibility to develop their own maps.


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Energy Trilemma Index

A tool for integrated policy pathfinding, based on an annual review of national energy policy performance

This tool directs attention to trade-offs and co-benefits in managing energy-security, -sustainability and -equity. The annual assessment produces a series of global, regional and national scores which enable users to learn from leading performers and best practices. This tool is evolving – enhanced functionality will enable year-on-year national performance tracking and application at other than national scale e.g. regional, subnational.

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World Energy Scenarios

A tool for enhancing preparedness of leaders and their organisations.

Scenarios are not the same as visions or projections but help us to translate new energy visions into reality and avoid the fatal traps of linear forecasting. By using its three global archetype scenarios – Modern Jazz, Unfinished Symphony and Hard Rock – to promotes shared and bigger picture thinking, energy leaders can safely reveal and test their deeply held assumptions, clarify strategic choices and identify better options for action.


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Dynamic Resilience Framework

A new tool-in-development

Work in ongoing to provide energy leaders with a practical, integrated framework for anticipating emerging and systemic risks – including more frequent and extreme weather and the new cyber risks associated with accelerating digitisation.

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Innovation Insights

A tool for digging deeper into the broad and fast shifting landscape of tech and non-tech innovation

Innovation is a key driver of whole energy systems transition. There is increasing attention to the role of new and converging technologies, new energy start-ups and innovation from beyond the sector. However, non-tech innovations and incumbents can also transform energy systems. Innovation themes are continuously refreshed and include – energy blockchain, storage pathways, quality energy access, the new hydrogen economy and rethinking infrastructure economics.

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Energy Transition Toolkit 

We are pleased to share the first edition of the World Energy Council’s Energy Transition Toolkit and User Guide. The Toolkit is a unique resource.

It has been developed with our members for use by our global energy community and wider stakeholders with the aim of enabling and facilitating a successful energy transition.

World Energy Resources

Explore our energy resources data: identify national and regional fossil fuel reserves, renewables installed capacity, rank top producing countries and value resources’ potential in countries around the world.




Energy Efficiency Indicators and Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures

Monitor trends in energy use and CO2 emissions: follow the evolution of 50 global energy efficiency indicators to better understand policies’ impact.