Five megatrends in the energy sector.

By Thomas Fröhlich

With his book “Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives”, John Naisbitt (1982) coined the term “megatrends.” Mittelstaedt et al. (2014: 255) define megatrends as changes that are “complex in nature, extensive in their impact, and reflective of their historic context.” Megatrends can therefore be seen as long-term developments in all areas of society that have the potential to fundamentally change current systems and processes. The importance of identifying and understanding such megatrends lies in mid- to long-term planning for political and economic purposes. If unaccounted for, megatrends might face political leaders with new and unexpected problems and proven business models might require fundamental adjustments.

Read the full article in our Newsletter No.74

The Energy Security Paradox: Rethinking Energy (In)security in the United States and China.

By Jonna Nyman

The decisions we make about energy shape our present and our future. From geopolitical tension to environmental degradation and an increasingly unstable climate, these choices infiltrate the very air we breathe. Energy security politics has direct impact on the continued survival of human life as we know it, and the earth cannot survive if we continue consuming fossil energy at current rates. The low carbon transition is simply not happening fast enough, and change is unlikely without a profound shift in how we approach energy security. But thinking on energy security has often failed to keep up with these changing realities. Energy security is primarily considered to be about the availability of reliable and affordable energy supplies—having enough energy—and it remains closely linked to national security.

Read the full article in our Newsletter No.72