Using the GEA: Energy security

Energy security refers to the robustness, sovereignty, and resilience of energy systems. The Global Energy Assessment provides analysis to help countries maintain their energy security while meeting other energy challenges.

The concept of energy security can best be thought of in the context of specific types of energy systems. For example, the risk of electricity systems to potential disruption has become increasingly prominent on energy security agendas. Indeed, the secure delivery of electricity is growing in importance in every country because of increasing dependency on electricity in modern economies, the expansion in the coverage of electricity grids in developing nations, the increasing “electrification” of energy services in emerging economies, and the advance of “new” energy systems relying on distributed generation, renewable energy sources, and possibly electric propulsion for vehicles.

Likewise, oil is at the center of contemporary energy-security concerns for most nations, regions, and communities. Oil products provide over 90% of energy for transportation in almost all countries. Thus, disruptions of oil supplies may have catastrophic effects, not only on personal mobility, but also on food production and distribution, medical care, national security, manufacturing, and other vital functions of modern societies. IIASA research scholar Jessica Jewell discusses the GEA's implications for energy security.

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GEA Chapter 5: Energy and Security

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Jessica Jewell

Guest Research Scholar Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

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