We are delighted to bring you the 40th and last of its kind, December 2017 edition of the World Energy Focus, the monthly e-magazine of the World Energy Council.

As a new calendar year ends and the publication of the World Energy Focus draws to a close in its current format, the World Energy Council’s Secretary General, Christoph Frei reflects on the trends we’ve seen in 2017 and looks into the years ahead.

On behalf of the World Energy Council and its publishing partners, Christoph Frei also thanks “all those members who have contributed their experiences, knowledge and views.” Adding that “the World Energy Focus has been a highlight of our way of reaching out”, he explains that the Council will continue to celebrate the work of the energy sector through new platforms, “hoping to bring a greater wave of innovation stories to our energy leaders’ audience.”

In this month’s feature, deepen your understanding of blockchain and how it is disrupting the energy landscape, block by block. Identified in the latest World Energy Issues Monitor as one of the most critical uncertainties within the digitalisation sphere, blockchain is the main topic of the latest white paper developed by the Council in collaboration with PwC and the support of our Future Energy Leaders to start a dialogue on potential obstacles and opportunities to the uptake of this technology.

Morocco, host of last year’s COP22, is our Country Focus.  Most of the Kingdom’s current energy supply today coming from imported fossil fuels. Facing a quadrupling of its electricity demand by 2030, the country has decided to meet demand with the ambitious plan of increasing its share of renewables in the energy mix to 52% by 2030 and giving natural gas a bigger role.

The importance of regional integration strategies, especially in Eastern Europe, is the main discussion point in this month’s interview with Oleg Budargin, Vice Chair Special Responsibility for Regional Development, World Energy Council and former CEO, Rosseti. Budargin reflects on the business case for countries’ energy resources’ integration, referring to many positive case studies between Russia and neighbouring countries. He also highlights remaining challenges such as the harmonisation of national standards, regulations and protocols.

This 40th edition brings a roundup of news and innovation stories from around the world impacting the energy sector. Read about the key findings from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook with a special focus on the role of China, discover who the winners of the Petroleum Economist Awards are; impressions from the COP23 and a call to action for innovators around the world as we are looking for the best start-ups and innovations leading the energy transition to apply to the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award by 31 January 2018 – http://www.startup-energy-transition.com/award/.

Finally, make sure you SAVE THE DATE to join the global energy dialogue at the main forthcoming regional and global energy events including the Africa Energy Indaba in February 2018, the World Energy Week in Milan in October 2018 and the 24th World Energy Congress in September 2019 in Abu Dhabi!
Download the December 2017 issue of World Energy Focus here