2 H 2018. Here’s what trends in Energy, Ecology, Skills and Finance discussions globally

ENERGY

Increasing Resilience in Energy Systems: E-mobility, decentralized generation and outdated infrastructure are putting unprecedented pressure on energy systems, while increased connectivity and complexity are raising the exposure to cyberattacks and cascade failure.

International Energy Agency’s The Future of Petrochemicals: The Future of Petrochemicals: Towards a more Sustainable Supply of Plastics and Fertilizers. This new report explores the future role of the petrochemical sector within overall oil demand and the global energy system, how petrochemicals-derived products are ingrained in today’s society and what role they could play in the sustainable transformation of energy systems.

Equinor Energy Perspectives 2018 summarizes different narratives about the future of global energy demand and energy mix within the parameters of various scenarios. These scenarios are based on different assumptions about regional and global economic growth, conflict levels, technological development, and energy and climate policies.

FINANCE

WEF Issue Briefing: Have We Reached Peak Debt? Global debt, a combination of public and private liabilities, has reached unprecedented levels, substantially higher than what existed before the 2008 crash. If we have lost the ability to rein in debt, what are the consequences?

The Role of Development Banks in the 2030 Agenda: The session will focus on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, framed by the Sustainable Development Goals, and how national and regional development banks can support policy development and financing of these ambitious goals. The Center for Global Development and the IDFC will present their findings on how the twenty-three IDFC development banks are aligning with SDGs and how these banks are evolving to promote sustainable development pathways in the long run. The OECD will discuss the role that emerging economies’ development banks can play in mobilizing the private sector to assist in funding the SDGs.

Mobilizing Finance for Impact: How can nations scale the financing needed to deliver their SDG and climate commitments?

ECOLOGY

Earth Data: A Remedy for Environmental Risk? From cloud computing to satellite imagery and advanced machine learning, today’s technologies have the potential to improve risk preparedness, climate adaptation, food production and resource management. How can data collection and analysis tools help leaders achieve better policy outcomes?

WEF Press conference: New Director of Tropical Forest Alliance

Amazonia as a Key Component of the Earth System (Part 1, 2, 3)

SKILLS

What If: 50% of Today’s Jobs Disappear? Automation based on today’s technology is poised to take over 45% of workers’ current tasks and 5% of full-time jobs. What if 50% of workers cannot be reskilled quickly enough to find new kinds of work?

WEF Press Conference: The Future of Jobs Report: By 2025, more than half of current work tasks are expected to be completed by machines, compared to 71% being performed by humans today. As the division of labour between humans and machines continues to shift, how can a workforce augmentation strategy unlock the growth potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

WEF Press Conference: How will artificial intelligence shake up the Chinese job market? AI and related technologies could boost GDP by as much as 14% globally and up to 26% in China by 2030. But there’s also a significant amount of wariness about these new technologies, particularly around their potential impact on jobs. Chinese economic development over the past four decades has involved hundreds of millions of workers moving from farms to factories. But what if advances in robotics displace many of these factory workers? PwC’s new report quantifies both the potential displacement of jobs by AI and related technologies in China over the next 20 years and, most importantly, how far this will be offset by job creation associated with stronger economic growth and higher average real income and spending levels.

The Future of Jobs in ASEAN: In ASEAN, the labour force is forecast to expand by 11,000 workers every day for the next 15 years. As technological disruption, demographic change and shifting business models transform the world of work, how can we secure a sustainable and prosperous future for all?