Article 13 recently hosted the first in a series of futures workshops (with SAMI Consulting) which bring together Generation Y and industry experts to explore the big questions and emerging issues of the day (to receive a copy of the final report and/or register for future Generation Y events please contact Jimo@article13.com)
The first ‘Generation Y’ workshop focused on the future of energy in Europe, and considered the ‘drivers, the trends and the bends’ as we look forward to 2020, 2030 and 2050. We asked:
The participants identified two key questions, which they believe are the least predictable and therefore the most critical to understand when building robust scenarios for the future:
Based on these questions, four scenarios were developed. At one extreme there was the ‘Two Tier Energy’ scenario, in which energy is not affordable owing to supply constraints, and public opinion remains a critical obstacle for future new build and renewables. At the other extreme, there is the entirely more positive ‘‘All is well’ scenario, in which energy supplies are secure and affordable and public opinion positive towards new build and renewables.