Infrastructure to 2030 (Volume 2): Mapping Policy for Electricity, Water and Transport

Infrastructure systems play a vital role in economic and social development. Increasingly interdependent, they are a means towards ensuring the delivery of goods and services that promote economic prosperity and growth and contribute to quality of life.

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Deciding the Future: Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050

With this study WEC seeks to contribute further
to the debate on global energy sustainability and
to the understanding of prospective collective
roles in achieving WEC’s mission, “to promote
the sustainable supply and use of energy for the
greatest benefit of all.” The study aims to:
1 Energy for Tomorrow’s World, World Energy Council,
London, 1993.
2 Global Energy Perspectives, World Energy Council,
London, 1998.
3 Energy for Tomorrow’s World: Acting Now, World Energy
Council Statement 2000, London.

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npower Future Report: Demanding times for energy in the UK

This Future Report sketches out what the energy future
might hold and how forward looking businesses can
begin to take control.
The potential scenarios for the UK’s energy future that
are investigated include:
- Current Intent – what is happening now and if the
UK continues on the planned route
- New Dash for Gas – abundant shale gas supplies
combine with other factors to make gas the fuel
of choice
- Investment Shortfall – the fall out of high investment
uncertainty and ill-defined and poorly implemented
policies

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UKERC Energy 2050

Since 2006, researchers at UKERC have been working together on an ambitious
project assessing how the UK can move to a resilient (‘secure’) and low-carbon
energy system over the period to 2050. This report synthesises the project
findings. A more extended account of the project will be published in book form in
early 2010.
The Energy 2050 project brought together a wide range of researchers coming
from several disciplines to address a common problem, exploring all dimensions of

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Scenarios for Nuclear Energy Growth: Implications for used fuel management

Three growth scenarios
– Low: All reactors operate to end of current licenses
• No new renewals, no new builds
– Medium: Maintain 20% share of electricity production
• All reactors in the current fleet operates for sixty years
– High: Nuclear grows to 50% share by 2050

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ENERGY FUTURES The role of research and technological development

There are different scientific methods to look to the future in the energy sector, including
mathematical models, expert-based Delphi surveys and the back-casting approach. This
latter is a mix of mathematical and human inputs which looks at how a certain objective
can be attained rather than what is likely to happen in the future.
Whatever the studies used, we see similar messages emerging: in 2050 almost three quarters of the
world’s energy supply will still come from fossil fuels; energy demand and CO2 emissions will more

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