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This inaugural edition of World Energy in 2006 could not have been achieved without the valu- able contributions of those WEC members who participated in the Taskforce and the Advisory and Editorial Boards. As the Chair of the WEC\u2019s Communications & Outreach Committee, I would like to thank the following members for their vision, leadership and dedication:
Katrina devastates a major city in the US. Nuclear energy is back. Angelina Jolie addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos on the problem of refu- gees. Booming growth in China, India and Brazil has turned the energy world upside down. New energy investments have exceeded the $1 trillion mark and Russia turns off its gas to 60 million peo- ple in Ukraine. Almost one out of every four people continues to live without access to modern energy. Which of these issues will we remember when we think back to \ue000006?
ers a unique opportunity to read about the future of energy, today. World Energy in 2006 provides inval- uable insight because it is grounded in the WEC\u2019s technical and analytical expertise, and leverages the WEC\u2019s strength in longer-term thinking.
edition of World Energy in 2006. The publication is writtenby energy business leaders, policymakers and academicsfor business leaders, policymakers
and academics. Based on the real-life experiences of energy decision-makers from all regions of the world and all energy sectors, the objective ofWorld
Throughout my tenure as Chairman, I have made it my mandate to ensure the WEC\u2019s contributions to sustainable energy development are action-focused,
and acceptability (3 A\u2019s). World Energy in 2006, in its honest assessment of the top global energy issues, analyses what actions have been or could be taken within the context of these 3A\u2019s.
In the interest of advancing its cause \u2013 sustainable energy development \u2013 the WEC has intentionally included thought pieces that are not completely
voke and stimulate the reader. Where the WEC messages differ, our Regional Vice-Chairs offer their perspectives to ensure the reader receives a balanced overview of the issue at hand.
of the top global energy issues helps energy stake- holders make balanced decisions for a sustainable future.u
The objective of World Energy in 2006 is to encourage debate and to inspire energy stakeholders to act
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