The World Energy Issues Monitor provides a snapshot of what keeps energy leaders awake across the globe. The monitor helps to define the world energy agenda and its evolution over time. It provides a high-level perception of what constitute issues of critical uncertainty, in contrast to those that require immediate action or act as developing signals for the future. The World Energy Issues Monitor is based on an annual survey, comprising 40 issues across four categories: macroeconomic risks, geopolitics, business environment, and energy vision and technology. The survey is completed by ministers, chief executives and leading experts in nearly 80 countries that are members of the World Energy Council (WEC).
The data for the 2015 World Energy Issues Monitor is input and normalized using statistical software in order to enable direct comparisons across regions and of different years. The data are normalized by the mean to give a central weighting and standard deviations to give the spread. The resulting Issues Monitors are then further contextualized by the analyses of WEC national committee chairs and their broader national networks.
David Livingston helped lead the completion of a specialized Issue Monitor for WEC Future Energy Leaders, a group of 100 young professionals in 40 countries working on energy issues within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Future Energy Leaders Issue Monitor for 2015 shows heightened polarization in terms of both the uncertainty and impact of various issues. Emerging international and inter-temporal challenges, such as climate change and the food-water-energy nexus, continue to receive a higher degree of attention from Future Energy Leaders than their peers in the broader Issues Monitor.