World Energy Assembly 2017

Energy Trilemma Summit

How to Improve Energy Trilemma Balance in an Era of Innovation

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The World Energy Council has set the “Energy Trilemma” agenda, highlighting the trade-offs between three dimensions − energy security, energy equity (energy access and affordability) and environmental sustainability.

The Energy Trilemma Summit is an exclusive opportunity for the Council’s community and energy leaders of the region, together with special guests, to focus on ways to overcome the Energy Trilemma and to secure prosperity.

The agenda will build upon insights gained from the World Energy Council’s on-going studies, including the World Energy Trilemma and the World Energy Scenarios. Many of the new signals emerging - disruptive digitalisation, the commitment to decarbonisation and desire, in some countries, for a more national focus - indicate that new frameworks for thinking are needed. We cannot banish uncertainty, but we can offer to stimulate thinking of what might be certain and uncertain and where the new opportunities and risk exposures might be.

The Energy Trilemma Summit is an opportunity for energy leaders of the region to advance in a dialogue between the public and private sectors to design a long-term energy policy under the framework of the Energy Trilemma.

Contact: Global Agenda Team, World Energy Council at



Thursday, 19 October
08:30 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 09:15

Morus I to IV
Opening remarks

09:15 - 10:45

Morus I to IV

New Dynamics of Natural Gas and LNG Markets

Natural gas markets are set to undergo a significant transition over the next decade with
new supply sources and technologies coming on stream.
What will the impact of these new dynamics be on existing player and where will the new
opportunities emerge? How can infrastructure operators manage lower asset values in
regions exposed to a decrease in demand? What is next for Asian LNG markets? What is
the impact of increased competition in Asian markets and the new supply sources on
This session will share perspectives on future of natural gas and LNG markets and explore
solutions to manage the relevant risks. It will also highlight the changing role of gas in the
wider energy system.
10:45 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 12:30

Morus I to IV

Blockchain: What is it and what is the potential for the energy sector?

A new word is being talked about in boardrooms and ministries around the world, but do
we really understand the potential of this disruptive technology? Beyond the digitalisation
of the energy sector, the introduction of blockchain technologies has the potential to
transform energy systems.
What are blockchain’s opportunities and risks in the energy sector? What are the latest
updates on pilots, use cases and scalability? What are the regulatory obstacles associated
with the implementation of blockchain applications and what are the issues to be
addressed? How will blockchain impact company and state value chain infrastructure
related to the energy sector?
This session will increase high-level recognition of the blockchain in the energy sector and
identify potential solutions to address the issues.
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.15
Morus I to III

Decentralised systems for 1.1 billion people without access

1.1 billion people still live without access to electricity, more than 80% of which live in rural
areas. Decentralised electrification system is a key to reach out to remote rural areas. The
rise of innovative and disruptive business models for decentralised systems is reshaping
rural development.
What are the opportunities and challenges for developing decentralised system? How can
these new business models accelerate their reach by accessing additional commercial
financing? What are enabling policies to further accelerate the momentum of off-grid
15.15 – 15.45 Break
15.45 – 17.00
Morus I to III

Climate Change and the Road to Resilience

The energy industry is going through extraordinary change and has to become resilient
against a number of new and growing risks. The World Energy Council considers the
following three resilience areas as priority: 1) the increasing competition for water and a
tightening energy, water and food nexus, 2) the increasing frequency of and exposure to
extreme weather events, and 3) the increasing digitisation and interconnection with
exposure to cyber risks. What are the most significant climate change related risks faced
by the energy industry? How are these new risks impacting on the design, operation of,
and investment in, the energy system? How can new long-lived energy investments best
be de-risked and thus attract necessary capital? This session will explore infrastructure
solutions, financing and policy solutions that are needed to prepare for the “new normal”
and ensure increased energy system resilience.
17.00 – 17.30 Break
17.30 - 18.30
Morus I to IV
Closing Plenary
Special Address by His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal


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