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World Energy Scenarios 2019

The World Energy Scenarios 2019 report provides an update of the Council’s global energy scenarios. The three musically-named scenarios are:

  • Modern Jazz, which represents a “digitally disrupted” and market-driven innovative world.
  • Unfinished Symphony, a future in which more “intelligent” and circular economic growth models drive clean, affordable and sustainable energy transition and
  • Hard Rock, which explores the consequences of inward-looking policies and weaker and unsustainable economic growth, in a more fragmented world.

The updated World Energy Scenarios provide new insights into the broader and fast-shifting landscape of innovation, which is emerging from within and beyond the energy system and includes not only new energy technologies but also policy, business model and social innovations. The scenarios highlight how different combinations of innovation accelerators –the “Constellations of Disruptions”– might trigger and scale to enable alternative energy pathways and  disrupt existing value chains.