The results of the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2017 reveal nuances in the transitions of the world’s energy systems. While advanced European economies still hold many of the top ranks on the EAPI, countries outside this peer group are amply represented. This suggests that any country has the potential to provide secure, affordable and sustainable energy to its population, regardless of the size of its economy, its level of advancement, geographical region or exporter status. In fact, examining the history and ongoing transitions of some of the EAPI’s high performers, as well as those of countries that have made big step changes in performance over the past eight years, indicate commonalities among all their differences. These take form in three principles of energy-sector governance. Under these principles, the paths the countries take to steer their sectors through transition are marked by differences. These differences, in turn, highlight that every country needs a tailored approach to suit its unique context while seeking to fulfil the same ultimate goal: namely, a more sustainable, affordable, secure and inclusive energy system.
Underneath the perceived inertia of the global energy system, the EAPI highlights some significant movements of individual countries and reveals progress on the energy transition. Similarly, it calls attention to the challenges countries continue to face. Energy architecture is large and complex, and enormous legacy systems remain in place. The scale and complexity involved will require that stakeholders take an incremental approach, particularly if they are to manage the economic impact of writing down legacy assets. The transition continues to require sustained efforts and deep collaboration between the public and private sectors over the long term, in order to evolve energy systems for the better.
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