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Geopolitics, the equitable transition, and AI: things to look out for in energy in 2024

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A year ago in Davos, energy - particularly the disruption to supply and prices caused by the war in Ukraine - was a top issue at the Forum's Annual Meeting and on Radio Davos we invited two experts in to set out the top lines of the energy discussion.

Roberto Bocca, who heads up energy at the World Economic Forum, and John Defterios, a business professor and former CNN journalist, return this year, as war is an even bigger issue. They also discuss the 'energy transition', especially how that might look in the global South, and they address what was the top issue at this year's Davos: artificial intelligence - which many people believe could play a central role in the energy transition, but which is also itself creating a surge in demand for energy to power all the compute needed to create AI.


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Podcast transcript

Hosted by:
Robin Pomeroy

Podcast Editor, World Economic Forum

Roberto Bocca

Head of Centre for Energy and Materials; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

John Defterios

Journalist, CNN


Energy Transition

Energy consumption and production account for about two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, and 81% of the global energy mix is still based on fossil fuels - a percentage that has not budged in decades. A transition to a more inclusive, sustainable, affordable, and secure global energy system is imperative. This must be done while balancing the “energy triangle”: security and access, environmental sustainability, and economic development. And it must also now be done in a way that accounts for the impact of significant geopolitical friction. Public-policy and private-sector responses may affect the speed and shape of the energy transition to a zero-carbon-emissions future...

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Energy TransitionEconomic ProgressArtificial IntelligenceClimate ChangeClimate and Nature

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