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World Energy Trilemma 2013: Time to get real – the case for sustainable energy investment

To assist policymakers and the energy industry with pressing forward sustainable energy systems, the World Energy Council, in collaboration with global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, has published the report World Energy Trilemma 2013: Time to get real – the case for sustainable energy investment.

The 2013 report is the second part of a two-part series of reports which will inform the WEC’s policy dialogue activities. While the 2012 report World Energy Trilemma: Time to get real – the case for sustainable energy policy captured the voice of the energy industry, the 2013 report highlights the perspectives of public stakeholders.

The findings are based on interviews with more than 50 policymakers, including energy and environment ministers, government officials, regulators, leaders in multilateral development banks, intergovernmental organisations, and experts from more than 25 countries. This edition aims to provide the energy industry with the views of public stakeholders on what they need from the private sector to succeed in meeting the challenges of the energy trilemma: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability.

The report also includes the 2013 Energy Sustainability Index, a global ranking of 129 countries based on their performance on the three aspects of the energy trilemma. The Index provides public and private decision-makers with a key tool to assess the sustainability of a country’s energy system and ability for peer group comparisons.

For the first time, countries are also awarded a ‘balance score’. While the Index rank measures overall performance, the balance score highlights how well a country manages the trade-offs between the three competing dimensions: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability. High performers receive the score ‘AAA’ while countries that do not yet perform well receive a ‘DDD’ score.

A full set of country profiles is available as an interactive tool on this website.

Download the ebook version of the report:
2013 World Energy Trilemma Executive Summary

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