Presentation and discussion of the Delphi Energy Future 2040 study
"What future awaits the energy systems in Europe and the world in the year 2040 and beyond?" was the question at the European Parliament before the summer break in Brussels. At MEP Reinhard Bütikofer’s invitation, GIZ, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), and the accountancy and consultancy firm PwC presented the results of their joint Delphi Energy Future 2040 study in mid-July. The study focuses on the future energy landscape and aims at broadening the debate on adapting or redesigning energy systems that so far has mostly been focused on technical and policy aspects.
In Brussels, some 60 experts from the worlds of policy-making, business and organisations used the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion of the 56 study theses on future energy provision and its key questions such as: What are the most important drivers, actors and dynamics that will shape future developments in the energy sector? How will developments in society change the way we generate and use energy, and how will – vice versa – new energy technologies impact society?
The findings and theses of the study are based on 80 in-depth interviews and on surveys with over 350 experts from 40 countries and all areas of society. Therewith the study envisions the future energy landscape and provides food-for-thought on how the energy systems in Europe, but also worldwide, can be adapted to meet future challenges. The goal is to go beyond national and sectoral parameters that currently dominate the debate and take a comprehensive look at the energy systems of the future.