Energy transition is accelerating across countries worldwide: World Energy Trilemma Index

Energy transition is accelerating across countries worldwide: World Energy Trilemma Index
Published: 11 September 2019 - 1:30 p.m.
By: Carla Sertin

The 2019 World Energy Trilemma Index, created by the World Energy Council, in partnership with global consultancy Oliver Wyman, a business of Marsh & McLennan Companies, provides an objective rating of national energy poilicy and perfomance across three dimensions: energy security, energy equity and the environmental sustainability of energy systems.

Launched today during the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the World Energy Trilemma Report and Index provide a ranking of countries’ energy performance using global and national data.

Key highlights:

  • 10 countries achieve the top AAA balance grade, representing top quartile performance in every dimension.
  • There has been a general trend of improving energy policy performance since 2000 nearly 120 countries have been improving their overall Trilemma scores over the 20-year period while only 9 countries have seen their overall performance decline.
  • The historic analysis shows that the “Trilemma” of balancing the differing policy priorities remains relevant with no country having consistently improved in each dimension every year since 2000.
  • The rate of improvement in overall Trilemma performance increases as the transition progresses – globally, performance in all three dimensions are advancing and accelerating.

Dr. Angela Wilkinson, senior director of Scenarios and Business Insights, World Energy Council, said: “For the very first time, the World Energy Trilemma Index provides new insights into energy policy performance over time. Since the turn of the century, there has been a positive trend with nearly 130 countries improving their Trilemma performances. An integrated and coherent policy pathfinding approach is essential in managing robust transitions. Every policy maker can and should use the Index as an unique and useful tool to establish their national baseline and explore how best to improve their energy policy performance.“

Francois Austin, partner and global head of energy, Oliver Wyman, said: “The 2019 Trilemma Index shows that the significantly improved nations are undergoing a faster-paced energy transition by balancing policy, corporate action, national resource usage and changes to individual behavior with environmental concerns. Looking at these trends in aggregate as well as at the national and regional level can give policymakers and business leaders direction to shape the future of energy.”


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