• Get to know the complexity of the energy transition
  • Learn what is needed to reach our goals
  • Find out what the current developments are


The energy transition is one of the largest transitions ever worldwide. The goal has been set to run entirely on sustainable energy by 2050 and to be as CO2-neutral as possible. How do we get there? This lecture will help you understand the challenges and complexity of transitioning to an affordable, sustainable and secure energy system. What does the energy transition entails on a global level? You will learn that the energy transition is not only about environmental sustainability, but also about energy equity and energy security. Together, these are the three dimensions that are known as the Energy Trilemma.

Joan MacNaughton (United Kingdom)

Joan MacNaughton is an influential figure in the energy and climate policy debate. As a Director General of Energy in the UK, she oversaw the energy agenda during the UK Presidency of the EU and led work on the energy proposals agreed at the G8 Gleneagles Summit. She chaired the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council, an annual assessment of 129 countries’ energy policies. From 2004 to 2006, MacNaughton chaired the International Energy Agency. Between 2007 and 2012, she led Alstom’s policy department, and acted as Global Adviser on Sustainable Policies. She is currently Chair of The Climate Group and of the Advisory Board of the New Energy Coalition of Europe.