Work Programme

The World Energy Council supports a global community network of energy leaders and experts in 100 countries in developing new insights on and practical tools for managing robust energy transition. The Council promotes insights that are relevant to effective intervention in regionally diverse energy systems. It engages and enables its members to achieve a step-change in their energy transition management capabilities and performance.

Energy systems are shifting in complex, non-linear, and unpredictable ways. The ways in which people across the world produce, consume, and trade energy are changing. New roles are emerging, including the energy ‘prosumer’, a consumer who is also involved in production (for example, generating electricity from solar panels to sell back to the grid). Sector boundaries are blurring. Energy services are flourishing. The increasing diversity of energy sources is mirrored by the increasing social complexity of energy system actors. The rise of new people power is evident – globally connected cities, renewably powered rural communities, and digitally empowered consumers are demanding new and sustainable energy services.

“First you must understand what is really happening, and only with this knowledge can you have the legitimacy to truly show how to deliver a sustainable energy system. – Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General World Energy Council.”

While we have had energy transitions throughout history, a successfully managed, global energy transition that leads to better lives and a healthy planet presents an unprecedented challenge for all of humanity. Energy leaders, in particular, face five key challenges that the tools in the Energy Transition Toolkit are designed to address:

• identify and understand emerging issues related to the energy system as a whole and the energy transition in particular.

• manage the competing demands of the energy trilemma of security, equity, and sustainability.

• engage big-picture, long-term, out-of-the-box thinking about the future. • build resilience in order to manage systemic risks.

• meet the challenge of disruptive innovation.

These recommendations are shared with our ministerial and CEO community, along with IGO’s, NGO’s and with governments where our recommendations are often used to develop governance structures. Our Energy Transition Tools are: