World Energy Trilemma | 2016

The latest report of the World Energy Council.


ABOUT THE WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL The World Energy Council is the principal impartial network of energy leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Formed in 1923, the Council is the UNaccredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with over 3,000 member organisations in over 90 countries, drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy stakeholders. We inform global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events including the World Energy Congress and publishing authoritative studies, and work through our extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue. Further details at

ABOUT WORLD ENERGY TRILEMMA 2016 The World Energy Council’s definition of energy sustainability is based on three core dimensions: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability. Balancing these three goals constitutes a ‘trilemma’ and is the basis for the prosperity and competitiveness of individual countries. The World Energy Trilemma Report 2016, prepared in partnership with global consultancy Oliver Wyman, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, identifies five focus areas to drive progress on the energy trilemma. Developed through interviews with policymakers and private sector energy leaders, analyses of five years of the Energy Trilemma findings, and associated wide assessment of energy strategies, the report offers guidance in the complex task of translating the trilemma goals of security, equity and sustainability into tangible actions.

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