World Energy Outlook 2018

The gold standard of energy analysis

World Energy Outlook 2018 examines future patterns of a changing global energy system at a time of increasing uncertainties and finds that major transformations are underway for the global energy sector. Across all regions and fuels, policy choices made by governments will determine the shape of the energy system of the future.

World Energy Outlook Commentaries and Analysis


Whatever happened to enhanced oil recovery?


28 November 2018
Throughout the history of the oil industry, technological progress has found a way to bring new resources into play

The energy sector should care about wastewater


19 November 2018
The WEO’s Sustainable Development Scenario this year includes, for the first time, an analysis of the links between the energy and water

Population without access to electricity falls below 1 billion


30 October 2018
Latest World Energy Outlook data shows progress on providing access to energy, but much more effort is needed

Hard-earned reforms to fossil fuel subsidies are coming under threat


29 October 2018
The World Energy Outlook has been tracking fossil fuel consumption subsidies for many years and our latest data shows that they are rising again

Economic diversification for oil and gas exporters doesn’t mean leaving energy behind


25 October 2018
The fall in oil prices that began in 2014 provided a reminder of the damage that the downswing in a commodity cycle can bring

Energy has a role to play in achieving universal access to clean water and sanitation


22 March 2018
Water is essential to almost all aspects of energy supply while energy is also required for water treatment and transport

Energy is at the heart of the sustainable development agenda to 2030


19 March 2018
IEA introduces new online resource for all its Sustainable Development Goals data and projections

Clean and efficient heat for industry


23 January 2018
There is no single solution for reducing energy demand and emissions from industrial heat use

The clean energy transition requires action on electricity demand


10 January 2018
Over 15% of electricity demand today could be used as a source of flexibility to help integrate variable renewables such as wind and solar PV

Fossil-fuel consumption subsidies are down, but not out


20 December 2017
Subsidies for fossil fuels are falling but remain much higher than those for renewables

Bringing electricity to all corners of Southeast Asia


19 December 2017
Cheaper renewable technologies open new options for cost-effective electricity access

The environmental case for natural gas


23 October 2017
A preview of analysis from the forthcoming World Energy Outlook 2017 on methane emissions and the future role of natural gas

Waste not, want not


22 March 2017
On World Water Day, we look at the interdependence of water and energy
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