GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future


The Global Energy Assessment (GEA), launched in 2012, defines a new global energy policy agenda –  one that transforms the way society thinks about, uses, and delivers energy.  Involving specialists from a range of disciplines, industry groups, and policy areas, GEA research aims to facilitate equitable and sustainable energy services for all, in particular the two billion people who currently lack access to clean, modern energy.


The GEA provides policy-relevant analysis and guidance to governments and intergovernmental organizations, decision-support material to the commercial sector (energy service companies, investors and others), and analysis relevant to academic institutions. It provides technical guidance for implementing measures aimed at mitigating climate change and sustainable consumption of resources, for example the GEA:

  • proposes a portfolio of policies addressing global energy challenges;
  • addresses climate change mitigation targets as outlined by the UNFCCC and other GHG mitigation initiatives;
  • evaluates future commitments to the reduction of GHGs, for example, to levels 20+ percent below 1990-levels by 2020 and 50+ percent by 2050, and negative emissions before 2100; and
  • examines resource and technology options and policies needed to achieve such targets.