Countries around the world face the same challenge: provide enough energy to fuel economic growth with optimal social and environmental outcomes. This means energy must be affordable, secure, and clean. But each country is in a different stage of development.
For nearly half a decade, the global community has organized around two goals for the energy sector: (1) eradicate energy poverty and (2) combat the effects of global climate change. Each has become more urgent and complex. The eradication of energy poverty is not simply about energy access; it is providing modern energy services to the world’s growing and developing populations. Climate action is not simply about emissions reduction; it is achieving a net-zero emissions economy, tackling local environmental concerns, and fostering a just transition.
This conference will assess where the world stands relative to the dual challenge and discuss areas where real, near-term progress can be made. It will also serve as the launch of a new, year-long project in which the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will explore strategies to address the dual challenge in several important countries and how public and private sector resources can help achieve these goals.