“The future of energy will be a clean one”: Mark Kenber discusses 2025 energy trends in new briefing

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18 September 2015

NEW YORK: 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. Drawing from foresights gathered during a series of global workshops with influential leaders on emerging energy trends, he affirms “there was agreement that the future of energy will be a clean one”.

In three days some of the world’s most ambitious ‘non state actors’ on climate change will meet in Manhattan for Climate Week NYC, organized by The Climate Group, which features almost 100 events dedicated to climate action and low carbon growth. But whether through the business, industry or government lens, the majority of these events will undoubtedly be discussing the world’s transitioning energy landscape.

Earlier this year The Climate Group was invited to delve into these very questions by the Future Agenda, as the global host of The Future of Energy work stream. 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 we organized workshops 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."

Telling us about his most striking takeaways from The Future of Energy workshops, he added: “There was agreement that the future of energy will be a clean one, driven by increasing information technology, where traditional consumers will become prosumers, in terms of both generating electricity as well as being users themselves. This is both a democratization of our energy systems and opens huge opportunities for increased access, greater energy independence, and cheaper cleaner energy supply.”


#CWNYC 2015

Climate Week NYC is a key event in the international calendar that brings together leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. The Climate Group launched Climate Week NYC in 2009, and has acted as the secretariat since its inception.

Host to more than 100 affiliate events from September 21-28, Climate Week NYC 2015 is the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Climate Week NYC 2015 is supported by BT Group, Siemens, Procter & Gamble, Nike, SkyPower, SolarCity, CBRE Group, and Bank of the West - BNP Paribas; and the We Mean Business coalition members: BSR, The B Team, CDP, Ceres, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and WBCSD.

ClimateWeekNYC.org | @ClimateWeekNYC | #CWNYC

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