World Energy Issues Monitor | 2022


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It's a pivotal time for energy transitions. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to overshadow global economies, and the pathway to recovery remains uncertain. Set against this backdrop and undertaken immediately following COP26, this annual edition of the World Energy Issues Monitor represents a snapshot of the views of nearly 2,200 energy leaders from 91 countries.


World Energy Issues Monitor 2022
World Energy Issues Monitor 2022
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World Energy Issues Monitor 2022 Appendices
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Based on data collection carried out between November and December 2021, the global report provides unique insight into what energy leaders perceived as the risks, opportunities and action priorities at a pivotal moment for the sector. Key findings from this edition:

  • Uncertainties increase again, across the board. The most striking finding of this year’s Global Energy Issues Map is the enormous degree of uncertainty ascribed to almost all the issues energy leaders were asked to assess.
  • Equity related concerns highlight the need to humanise the energy conversation. In this survey iteration, issues that affect energy equity such as Commodity Prices, Affordability, Quality Energy Access and Market Design have seen the sharpest increase in impact and uncertainty compared with 2020.
  • Priority is to work collaboratively to turn critical uncertainties into action priorities. The Action Priorities area of the map is even less populated this year compared to previous years, pointing to an energy leaders’ perspective which signals the importance of stabilising Critical Uncertainties and finding practical ways to reach a point of greater confidence. There is too high a degree of uncertainty across all dimensions to allow for stable route mapping which, in turn risks leading to further inaction. 

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