Recommendations for the Future of Energy
Released by the 17th World Energy Council, Houston Texas
The World Energy Council, on behalf of thirty-five energy ministers and five thousand energy executives from nearly 100 countries, issued conclusions and recommendations today at the 17th Congress of the World Energy Council to address how the world's energy sources will be used.
While the world has an abundance of accessible energy resources that are more than sufficient to meet growth, the possibility of climate change and the ways energy production and use can cause severe environmental degradation and ill health continue to pose enormous challenges for the world's energy sector. New energy technologies will foster economic development, mitigate environmental impacts and sustain energy resources.
Congress delegates identified several main concerns such as the chilling effect current financial volatility and political instability are having on energy investment in countries where there is significant need, and the fact that 20 percent of the world's population uses 80 percent of the world's energy production.
The WEC derived the following conclusions from this Congress:
Based on these conclusions, the WEC made the following recommendations:
(* Traditional sources include: coal, oil, gas, nuclear and large hydro)
SOURCE: U.S. Energy Association 9/18/1998
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