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World Energy Outlook 2012 - (To be released on 12 November 2012)

Drawing on the latest data and policy developments, the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook presents analytical insights into trends in energy markets and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. 

It sets out updated projections of energy demand, production, trade, investment and carbon-dioxide emissions, broken down by country, fuel and sector, to 2035.

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WEO-2012 also provides unparalleled analysis of strategic issues that will shape our energy future:      

  • As we do each year, we analyse a single country, this time Iraq. This first-ever in-depth outlook for the Iraq’s energy sector examines both its role in satisfying the country’s domestic needs and its crucial role in meeting global oil demand (WEO-2012 special report to be released in early October).
  • Detailed analysis of the "Golden Rules" that are needed to support a potential "Golden Age of Gas", which could transform global energy markets. This will provide important insight into the environmental challenges linked to unconventional gas production and how best to deal with them (WEO-2012 special report to be released on 29 May).
  • As we do each year, we analyse a single fuel, this time energy efficiency. We take a comprehensive look at the strategies to unlock the potential of energy efficiency and unleash real gains for energy security, economic growth and the environment.
  • Water is fundamental to many forms of energy production and so we investigate the water-energy nexus to explore the implications for energy production as water resources become increasingly stressed in some regions.
  • We examine the effect of climate impacts on energy trends and on prospects for meeting the 2°celsius climate goal.
  • In support of the "UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All", we provide indicators to help monitor progress towards the goal of providing modern energy services to the billions currently without them.

With extensive data, projections and analysis, WEO-2012 provides invaluable insights into how the global energy system could evolve over the next quarter of a century. It is indispensable for anyone with a stake in the energy sector.