Issues Monitor

Providing unique insight into what keeps energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts awake at night, across the world and by country and region

Issues Monitor

In an era where the energy landscape is undergoing faster and fundamental transformation, energy leaders must pay attention to many different signals of change and distinguish key issues from the noise.

The World Energy Council’s annual World Energy Issues Monitor provides a snapshot of what keeps energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts in over 90 countries awake at night. It enables an understanding of the world energy agenda and the evolution of priorities on a historical and geographical basis.

The interactive Issues Monitor tool helps users view, filter, analyse and download customised maps by a range of topics, locations and issues.

Using data collected from 2,300 energy leaders from 86 countries , the Issues Monitor and maps graphically illustrate individual country profiles informing energy transition progress, as well as risks and uncertainties at country, regional and global levels. Issues Monitor can be used to promote a shared understanding of successful energy transitions with the capability to:

  • compare and assess regional variations and differences
  • better understand policies and areas of concern
  • follow the evolution of technology and trends.

Based on the data compiled from the 2019 survey the Council observes four key strategic priorities for energy leaders to consider:

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

How it works

The Issues Monitor and maps offer a range of opportunities for strategic conversations leading to the identification of priorities for action:

  • Geography Maps can be used to showcase the status of energy issues at the national, regional, and global levels. National maps include member committee commentaries. Regional maps offer an overview of the national perspectives of countries in a specific region. The global map is an overview of the national perspectives of 94 countries across 6 continents.

  • Cluster Maps offer perspectives on trends relating to specific topics, events, or drivers of the energy transition.
  • Tracking Maps visualise how issues are gaining or losing attention over time at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Bespoke Maps for individual organisations can provide a basis for executive team or board level dialogue on differing priorities and target markets.

The World Energy Issues Monitor assesses 42 issues in a high-level overview, covering four categories:

  • macroeconomic risks
  • geopolitics
  • business environment
  • energy vision and technology

Issues are divided into zones of certainty and impact:

  • Critical uncertainties: Issues with high uncertainty and high impact with no clear path of action. These issues need to be part of the energy leaders’ dialogue and scenario analysis.
  • Action priorities: Issues which keep energy leaders most busy
  • Weak signals: Low-impact and low-uncertainty issues include those of perceived lesser importance or those that are still not fully understood and in need of further investigation

Try the free interactive tool now, built by the World Energy Council in partnership with our Project Supporter ARUP.

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Issues Monitor | 2019: The World Energy Agenda and Its Evolution

This report provides a fresh look at what keeps European energy leaders awake at night. Surveying over 40 managers from the European Distribution System Operators (E.DSO) and European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), this report identifies and maps their Action Priorities and Critical Uncertainties in a global and innovative perspective.

Read it here

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