Release of World
Energy Issues Monitor 2020: "Decoding new signals of change"
The "World Energy Issues Monitor 2020:
Decoding new signals of change" was launched on 26 February.
It provides unique insights into what energy leaders identify as
their critical uncertainties and action priorities in 2019.
Based on the 11th annual survey and analysis
of over 3,000 survey responses from energy leaders in 104 countries,
the World Energy Council has identified major trends and agenda
items which are relevant to new energy and energy-related developments
in regionally diverse systems. Key highlights from this year's survey
- Macroeconomic and geopolitical issues are the key critical
- Technology innovation is driving most of the action priorities.
- Self-reliance is outpacing regional integration as key enabler
of energy security.
For eleven consecutive years, the World Energy
Issues Monitor has been gathering the perspectives of energy leaders
in the public and private sectors on 42 key issues (and four specific
issues related to digitization) that shape and drive our energy
system. It is a very useful platform for identifying, sharing and
tracking critical issues surrounding the energy transition and how
these change through time and space. New this year, the Issues Monitor
also provides with a snapshot of the consumer´s perspective
toward the energy transiton, which details based on 550 responses
from individual energy users in 50 countries.
The World Energy Issues Monitor 2020 identifies
the shifting patterns of connected issues that impact energy systems
development and transition on a multi-local, regional and global
basis. Some of the key trends and topics that have emerged from
tracking these issues over time as well as the survey of individual
- The 2020s may be the decade of the customer.
- Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) is gaining in importance
within the oil & gas sector.
- While opinions differ globally, nuclear power remains important
Spain, through the Spanish Committee of the
World Energy Council (CECME), has participated in the report for
another year. As the Spanish map shows, critical uncertainties in
our country are marked by the political scenario, and priorities
for action are related to the development of technologies for decarbonization
Thus, the main issues on the Spanish map are:
on the one hand, electricity storage, EU cohesion, and climate change,
as critical uncertainties; and, on the other hand, renewable energy,
energy efficiency and digitization, as priorities for action.
The full report and executive summary are accessible
through the following link World
Energy Issues Monitor 2020. In addition to this report, an interactive
online tool is available where you can view the maps and make custom
You can access this tool at the following link: