Global Energy Context: Risks and Opportunities
In spite of this game-changing growth in consumption, 1.3 billion people globally still lack access to electricity and the economic opportunities that accompany it. Furthermore, acute linkages between energy and security continue to drive international politics, as is underlined by conflict and tension in Ukraine, Iraq, and the South China Sea.
For the first time in many years, North America and Europe have the unique ability to manage these global challenges while taking advantage of the opportunities. How the transatlantic community acts now on critical energy questions will have enormous economic, environmental, and geopolitical implications for years to come.
VisionWe at the Atlantic Council strive for a future in which everyone has access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy. We work for a world where energy brings nations together instead of fueling tensions and conflict. We aim for an open and transparent global energy governance and trade system instead of resource nationalism. We look for an end to energy poverty, which inhibits the economic well-being of billions globally. And we recognize the pressing need to effectively address climate change and advance a pathway to a clean energy future.
But we know this future will not become reality without a strategy, including changes in policies and resolution of the urgent conflicts we face today. Following from the Atlantic Council's core mission to renew the Atlantic community for global challenges, we are launching a new Global Energy Center to help the US and its partners advance our vision and take the lead in shaping a new world of energy.
MissionAt a time of unprecedented volatility and opportunity, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center will work to promote global access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
Alongside government, industry, and civil society partners, the Center will devise creative responses to energy-related geopolitical conflicts, advance sustainable energy solutions, and identify trends to help develop energy strategies and policies that ensure long-term prosperity and security.
How We WorkThe Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community's central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.
Utilizing its own and external experts and supported by the Atlantic Council's regional centers and functional programs, the Global Energy Center will devise strategies and policy solutions for the world's most important energy challenges. The Center will inform and shape the energy policy debate in capitals around the world by convening high-level gatherings, including the annual Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul and the Wroclaw Global Forum in Wroclaw, Poland, as platforms to highlight our work, launch new initiatives, and for leaders to deliver public remarks on regional and global energy policy.
Additionally, the Center will work closely with its government, corporate, and civil society partners to help them navigate the increasingly complex geopolitical and technological energy landscape. These types of engagements could take the form of strategy sessions, briefings, or private meetings on a specific topic.
Our FocusThe core pillars of the Center's work are:
- Energy Geopolitics. Devising responses to energy geopolitical challenges and opportunities. Working with our regional centers and experts, Energy Center researchers will produce near-real-time analysis of energy crises and emerging conflicts to help countries and energy producers better respond when it counts. They will then develop and disseminate policy solutions to these disruptions and conflicts. The Center will leverage the Council's networks to convene and communicate these solutions directly to top decision-makers in the United States and globally.
- Sustainable Solutions. Advancing policies and best practices for responsible energy development and use. The Center will help countries maximize the economic benefits and manage the environmental impacts of energy development through responsible and effective regulatory policymaking. Center analysts will work directly with governments, civil society, and energy producers on energy development best practices, sensible regulation, energy investment, energy efficiency, and low-carbon energy pathways to help expand sustainable energy access.
- Strategic Foresight. Anticipating and developing strategic responses to potential changes and disruptions in energy markets. Working with the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative, the Center will help policymakers and energy producers plan for and mitigate disruptions to energy markets by identifying changes and challenges before they emerge. Partnering with key stakeholders, Center analysts will assess geopolitical, environmental, industry, and technological trends to anticipate potential opportunities and avoid shocks to energy markets.