A Message from the World Energy Council

As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches most corners of the world, pulling together as a community of deep expertise has never been more important - to share experiences and lessons learned, and better prepare for and shape what comes next. Our role as a credible, responsible and impartial value-adding “global voice” for whole energy system movement has never been more critical.

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Navigating the Ongoing Crisis

Our shared vision of humanising energy transition was formed to remind us of the importance of energy in the lives of us all, and the role we all play in managing energy transition. As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches most corners of the world, pulling together as a community of deep expertise has never been more important - to share experiences and lessons learned, and better prepare for and shape what comes next. Our role as a credible, responsible and impartial value-adding “global voice” for whole energy system movement has never been more critical.

Shortly after the COVID-19 crisis began to impact the global energy industry, the World Energy Council launched a survey of our global network of energy leaders, industries, governments, innovators and experts from nearly 100 countries around the world. The ongoing survey not only identifies how the crisis has and continues to impact energy stakeholders around the world, but has enabled the development of plausible and alternative scenarios of what might happen. Organisations, governments, innovators and experts have already begun to use these scenarios to explore and navigate how we can emerge from the COVID-19 shock as a more resilient society and continue to accelerate a successful global energy transition.

Our agile community-based scenario building process continues to gather informed perspectives of our globally diverse energy community and engaging wider perspectives on emerging developments. View the posts below for ongoing evaluations of key findings and be sure to check back often - the latest information and resources will continue to be made available in this space.

Covid Impact: Re-investing in Resilience

As governments take measures to control the spread of Covid-19, businesses within and outside of energy are adjusting their ways of working while facing operational and financial challenges in response to changing demands and disruptions along value chains. Despite these challenges, we have kept the lights on. We have ensured uninterrupted supply to support the needs of business and society.

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COVID-19 Impacts Survey: Participate Now

The second round of our global COVID-19 impacts survey is now open to the energy community at-large. In less than 10 minutes, you can help us explore and navigate how we can emerge from the COVID-19 shock as a more resilient society and continue to accelerate a successful global energy transition.

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Initial Insight: Outlook for Energy Systems and Energy Transition

The World Energy Council continues to gather informed perspectives of our globally diverse energy community and engage wider perspectives on emerging developments as we explore and navigate how we can emerge from the COVID-19 shock as a more resilient society, and continue to accelerate a successful global energy transition. While the surveys are ongoing, you can read the latest Brief from our initial round of global survey responses on Implications for Energy Systems and Energy Transition.

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Initial Insight: Business Continuity Preparedness

The World Energy Council continues to gather informed perspectives of our globally diverse energy community and engage wider perspectives on emerging developments as we explore and navigate how we can emerge from the COVID-19 shock as a more resilient society, and continue to accelerate a successful global energy transition. While the surveys are ongoing, you can read the latest Brief from our initial round of global survey responses on Business Continuity Preparedness.

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It's Time for Action

It is impossible to know what the future will hold, but we can and should use what information we have now to prepare for and shape what comes next. We have begun to make sense of the chaos through ongoing surveys of the global energy community. Take a look at four plausible and alternative medium-term scenarios.

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Preparing for What Comes Next, Starts Now

As citizens, communities, companies and countries, we are all still learning how to cope with the impacts of this global pandemic. But now is also the time to start to prepare for what comes next – whether a steady recovery to ‘normal’ or a spring forward to a ‘new normal’ in a very different post-COVID-19 world.

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Understanding the Present to Prepare for the Future

As COVID-19 continues to spread and the impacts cascade from society to the economy, anxiety about uncertainty creates fear of the future. We must look beyond the immediate urgency and evaluate the ongoing implications of the crisis to avoid either black and white thinking or rose-tinted glasses.

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Planning Through a Crisis

While the world’s essential energy workers continue to support the needs of business and society, our agile surveys of the real experiences of our worldwide energy community generates practical wisdom and contributes value-adding voice and timely insights in these challenging times. 

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Energy Heroes

Behind every healthcare system is an energy system – and a crew of engineers and system operators who are working hard to keep the lights on, homes warm and vaccine refrigerators cold.

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