Energy Policy

The Energy Policy Initiative addresses the challenge of ensuring an adequate, clean and sustainable supply of energy for consumers around the globe. The Initiative focuses on the future of global energy systems, supply-side economics and the pressures of energy diversification, efficiency and access at the national and sub-national levels. The objective is to inform energy policy discourse, particularly in emerging economies, from an empirical, stakeholder-driven perspective.

The policy initiative was launched in January 2013 with the formation of a working group of EPF members from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Germany, India, Russia and South Africa under the coordination of the Observer Research Foundation. The working group reconvened at the EPF Conference on Resources Policy to present and discuss draft working papers, and thereafter at the Workshop on Resources Policy where pre-final papers were reviewed. At the Munich Security Conference in February 2015, four policy papers were published in a comprehensive report under the title “The Future of Energy” and discussed amongst a high-level panel of experts:

The Future of Energy report produced a number of key findings and recommendations for how to meet growing energy needs while balancing environmental concerns in the decades to come. First, while renewable energy is highly promising for emerging economies, international financing and knowledge of energy-efficiency in the coal and gas sector should not be neglected, as fossil fuels will continue to play an important transitional function for the foreseeable future. Second, for many emerging countries, a major challenge will continue to be overcoming structural problems in order to rapidly diversify their economies, develop a highly qualified work-force, and incentivize investment in sustainable green energy production. Third, to enhance efficiency in energy-intensive industries, such as steel and cement, the report presents a multinational comparison of policy and market instruments which can accelerate the transition to greater sustainability and efficiency.

Ultimately, decision-making cannot function in isolation of global and local political and economic trends. It is precisely towards the goal of providing a baseline for understanding the policy context that the report makes a significant contribution.

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    Launch of Policy Initiative

    Agreement on ORF as Coordinating Lead on Policy Initiative

    January 2013, Berlin
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    Draft Policy Papers

    At Conference on Resource Policy, draft working papers presented and discussed

    August 2013, Delhi
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    Presentation of pre-final Policy Papers

    Discussion and peer review among experts of pre-final papers at Workshop on Resource Policy

    February 2014, Delhi
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    Release of Papers and Integration into International Reform Process

    Launch of The Future of Energy report at Munich Security Conference

    February 2015, Munich

Lead Organization of Policy Initiative:
Observer Research Foundation

Members of Policy Initiative:
Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA)
China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD)
Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)
Ifo Institute (Ifo)
School of World Economy at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE)
Market Economy Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW)
Observatory of Innovation and Competitiveness (OIC)

EPF | Economic Policy Forum

EPF | Economic Policy Forum