Report points to a big to-do list: 124 countries need a new energy architecture


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Some startling numbers surfaced in a new report on the energy systems of 124 countries just released by the World Economic Forum. Among them: $38 trillion (U.S. dollars) of global investment in energy supply infrastructure is required by 2035 to keep up with an added 40% rising energy consumption in the same time span.


New Energy Architecture: Enabling an Effective Transition - produced in collaboration with Accenture - reports that the energy systems of 124 countries are currently not ready for a transition to a sustainable and secure energy architecture required to harness economic growth. In fact, the report suggests that while a number of developing nations continue to struggle to supply citizens with basic energy needs, an estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide are still without access to electricity at all.

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