World Energy Issues Monitor 2017 – Exposing the New Energy Realities

As the Grand Energy Transition fast becomes a reality, the minds of global energy leaders are becoming increasingly focussed on long term trends that threaten existing economic and business models rather than concerns about short term risks.

Issues that will dictate the speed and the breadth of the energy transition rise to the top of the global energy agenda as government and corporate take stock of the impacts and opportunities that arise as the world goes down a path of increased decarbonisation. This includes regional integration, climate framework, electric storage, renewables, energy efficiency, electricity prices and economic growth.

“The Issues Monitor illustrates that innovation issues such as digitalisation, decentralisation, innovative market design and electric storage rapidly gain traction, while a more difficult growth context and new physical and digital risks are posing ever greater threats to the energy sector.”

Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council

The World Energy Issues Monitor provides a snapshot of what keeps CEOs, Ministers and experts awake at night in over 90 countries. The monitor helps to define the world energy agenda and its evolution over time. It provides a high-level perception of what constitute issues of critical uncertainty, in contrast to those that require immediate action or act as developing signals for the future. It is an essential tool for understanding the complex and uncertain environment in which energy leaders must operate, and a tool through which one can challenge own assumptions on the key drivers within the energy landscape.

This eighth iteration of the monitor is based on insights provided by more than 1,200 energy leaders to produce over 35 national assessments across six regions.