Energy and Resources Policy

The world is characterised by great regional disparities in resources. In order to achieve new patterns of energy production and consumption, emerging economies need new technologies, improved business models and diversified energy portfolios. For instance, while Russia, China and South Africa share a high dependency on fossil fuels, Brazil already has a much more diversified and cleaner energy production and rather focuses on making the existing energy system more efficient. In addition, developing and emerging economies need to meet energy needs of a growing population and ensure universal access to electricity and energy. This means that newly installed energy systems should be as efficient and green as possible while keeping in mind parallel trends of urbanisation and industrialisation. Germany, as an advanced economy, equally faces challenges with respect to increasing energy efficiency and sharing the cost of green energy across the population.

In this Policy Initiative, think tanks from Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa jointly develop research papers and policy recommendations on the priority issues indicated above, working on the following specific topics:

  • Future of Global Energy: How Green will Energy be
  • Energy Access and Redistribution Scheme
  • Experiences around Responsible Business
  • Supply Side Economics and the Need for Energy Diversification

The Policy Initiative is coordinated by the Indian think tank ORF.

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