10th Edition of the World Energy Issues Monitor launched

Posted on 19 February 2019

For the 10th anniversary of the World Energy Issues Monitor a record number of nearly 2,300 world energy leaders from 86 countries have contributed to the survey. The World Energy Issues Monitor 2019 through an analysis of critical issues affecting the energy system, provides seven global, six regional and 50 national issues maps, as well as an interactive online tool developed in cooperation with the World Energy Council’s Partner, Arup.

This year’s survey provides a unique reality check and horizon scanning of persistent and emerging concerns involved in whole energy systems transition. Each Issue Map provides a visual snapshot of the uncertainties and action priorities that energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts strive to address to shape and manage successful energy transition.

The World Energy Issues Monitor observes 4 key strategic priorities for energy leaders to consider in 2019:

  • Market design rules will need to be updated to incorporate the growing move towards decentralisation
  • Electrification is being used as means to decarbonise the energy sector
  • Global strategic competition and the rise of nationalism will impact the pace of the energy transition
  • Lithium and cobalt will play a growing role in commodity market risks, traditionally dominated by oil and gas price fluctuations

Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, commented: “For ten consecutive years, the World Energy Issues Monitor has been gathering the perspectives of energy leaders from public and private sectors across the six regions on 42 key issues that shape and drive the global energy system. It has become the energy leaders’ foremost platform to identify, share and track critical issues surrounding the energy transition.”