University of St Andrews

McCauley leads debate at World Energy Council

Friday 25 September 2015

The future of global energy systems is highly uncertain with the increasing disruptive forces of new Renewable technologies confronted by innovation in the fossil fuel and uranium industries. Whilst population is set to continue to grow, the scarcity of resources mantra is under threat.

Representatives from business, government and academia thrashed out five distinct global energy scenarios for 2060 across three workshops at the World Energy Council. These scenarios are then developed over the next year before being presented to over 60 world leaders of industry in Istanbul.

The World Energy Council is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting sustainable energy. Formed in 1923, the Council is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum. You can find out more at the World Energy Council website.

Contributing to the scenarios, Dr McCauley presented on the likely future costs of the emerging global energy system. Whilst innovation in this area has focused on costing environmental impacts, he argued for such an approach to incorporate ethical and justice implications. You can read more about this approach in his new paper in Energy Policy.

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