The Future of Energy

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group
Reading time: 7 minutes
18 September 2015

A new briefing by Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, sets out a vision of what the world’s energy systems could look like in 2025. He draws from foresights gathered during a series of global workshops with influential leaders on emerging energy trends, which were a result of The Climate Group being invited to become global host of The Future of Energy work stream by the Future Agenda.

The Future Agenda platform is the world’s largest open foresight program, which brings together leading organizations and individuals to debate and develop scenarios of life in 2025 across 20 topics, ranging from health to data.

As host for The Future of Energy, over the last six months our workshops took place in New York, Dubai, London, Shanghai and New Delhi with our wide network of expert partners from the energy industry, business, government and civil society.

Dominant future trends raised repeatedly in the workshops and summarized in the new briefing include energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage. Regional highlights are also covered including from China and Europe.

Interestingly, energy thought leaders from the Middle East agreed that "despite oil continuing to take up a large portion of the countries’ income, boosting investment in clean energy technologies is essential for them to retain competitiveness". 

Sharing his thoughts on tomorrow's energy systems in the briefing, which was released as part of the Climate Week NYC countdown, Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group writes: “There can be no doubt the world’s energy systems are in flux. It is a theme that arises in almost all of the conversations we have with our members and partners.”

"As negotiators meet in Paris this December, the world’s energy market transformation will be impacted by in decisions made in the negotiating room – from emissions reduction targets to new technology innovations and low carbon investment prospects with the potential to transform economies. But whether at the international, national, sub-national or indeed the critical business level, it is clear low carbon energy offers a huge environmental and economic opportunity that those looking to the future cannot ignore."

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