World Energy Outlook 2014 - executive summary

  • Does growth in North American oil supply herald a new era of abundance – or does turmoil in parts of the Middle East cloud the horizon?
  • Does the expansion of LNG trade offer the prospect of greater security in global gas supply?
  • How much can energy efficiency close the competitiveness gap caused by differences in regional energy prices?
  • What considerations should shape decision-making in countries using, pursuing or phasing out nuclear power?
  • How can sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector help to unlock a better life for its citizens?
  • How close is the world to using up the available carbon budget, which cannot be exceeded if global warming is to be contained?

Answers to these questions and a host of others are to be found in the pages of WEO-2014, based on new projections which are extended, for the first time, to 2040. The energy prospects of sub-Saharan Africa are analysed comprehensively and the state and prospects of nuclear energy examined in depth, all as part of a systematic analysis of developments in global energy across all fuels and nations.

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