Meeting future demand in an environmentally responsible manner will be an enormous challenge. Following brief statements on key issues facing global energy supply and demand, there will be a discussion with audience Q & A. Questions will be fed through to the moderator in advance and during the discussion via interactive handsets, as well as live from audience members.

Key questions include:

  • To what extent can rising demand be curbed by better planning and more efficient use of energy?
  • Fossil fuels are dominant and the resources are enormous, but the outlook for supply as a function of cost is uncertain. Will a peak in production of easily accessible conventional oil lead to ever increasing prices? 
  • What are the viable scalable alternatives (fossil fuels with CCS, nuclear, solar, wind…)?
  • How will pricing externalities affect investment in the energy sector?
  • Shifting power politics & the implications of possible US energy independence
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