Energy is a crucial input required by businesses to produce goods and services. In this sense, energy and commerce are inextricably linked. In a broader historical context, energy has been essential to human survival and economic progress, and the concentration of energy has allowed the rapid development of complex cities and communities. In many parts of the world, energy consumption per capita is a meaningful proxy for economic development. Furthermore, nocturnal illuminations have been known to offer reliable insight into economic development in countries with less-than-reliable macroeconomic reporting. EFB takes a comprehensive view of the energy value chain that includes:

  • Based on international industry classifications, a comprehensive overview of the energy value chain from extractive activities, to the manufacturing of petroleum-based products, oil and gas production, power generation and distribution, and waste management
  • A review of sustainability-related developments in the energy industry in terms of the most relevant UN Sustainable development Goals (especially SDG#7, “Affordable and clean energy” and SDG#12 “, Responsible consumption and production”), as well as industry-level climate impact and company-level sustainability efforts
  • Coverage of major geographic regions, current data and topical issues related to renewable energy, overlaps with other key value chains such as food and construction, and the theme of cities