Energy systems worldwide are undergoing a phase of fundamental transformation. Policymakers, businesses and consumers are wondering: How will electricity and heat be supplied in the future and how will mobility needs be met? What are the key drivers, actors and dynamics that shape future developments? How can we design strategic solutions for problems that will only emerge as we progress through the next three decades? And how can we anticipate and identify opportunities we are not even aware of today? The many studies on this topic have not provided us – the BDEW German Association of Energy and Water Industries, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – with full answers: as sectoral analyses they tend to view individual industries, states or resources in isolation.
In our “Delphi Energy Future 2040” study, we chose a methodologically different approach to gain insights into what the global energy future in 2040 and beyond might look like. We want to broaden a debate that so far has mostly focused on technical and policy aspects and examine the interdependencies between different areas of society. Aiming to break down the national parameters that, particularly in Germany, shape the current discussion on adapting or redesigning energy systems, we venture a comprehensive look at future energy systems from a global point of view. To this end, we conducted a worldwide Delphi survey with more than 350 energy experts from 40 countries and all areas of society contributing their knowledge and experience.
Further information is available on www.delphi-energy-future.com