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World Energy Outlook 2017

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Published on November 14, 2017

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The global energy scene is in a state of flux. Large-scale shifts include: the rapid deployment and steep declines in the costs of major renewable energy technologies; the growing importance of electricity in energy use across the globe; profound changes in China’s economy and energy policy, moving consumption away from coal; and the continued surge in shale gas and tight oil production in the United States.

These changes provide the backdrop for the World Energy Outlook-2017, which includes a full update of energy demand and supply projections to 2040 based on different scenarios. The projections are accompanied by detailed analyses of their impact on energy industries and investment, as well as implications for energy security and the environment.

The report this year includes a focus on China, which examines how China’s choices could reshape the global outlook for all fuels and technologies. A second focus, on natural gas, explores how the rise of shale gas and LNG are changing the global gas market as well as the opportunities and risks for gas in the transition to a cleaner energy system.

Finally, the WEO-2017 introduces a major new scenario – the Sustainable Development Scenario – that outlines an integrated approach to achieving internationally agreed objectives on climate change, air quality and universal access to modern energy.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Executive Summary
Global Energy Trends7 chapters available
Introduction and scope
Overview
Energy, emissions and universal access
Outlook for oil
Outlook for coal
Power markets and electrification
Energy efficiency and renewable energy outlook
Special Focus on Natural Gas4 chapters available
Outlook for natural gas
The new gas order
The environmental case for natural gas
Natural gas in a changing energy world
China Energy Outlook4 chapters available
Energy in China today
Outlook for China's energy demand
Outlook for China's energy supply and investment
Global implications of energy policy reforms in China
Annexes4 chapters available
Tables for scenario projections
Policies and measures by scenario
Definitions
References
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