For the first time, the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s flagship annual report on global energy pathways, used worldwide to influence trillions of dollars in investment, details an achievable roadmap to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees Celsius (°C).
Last year, we rated ExxonMobil as “grossly insufficient” on all ten of the criteria. There are tiny steps forward in the new announcement, but nothing that changes any of our ten metrics from “grossly insufficient” to “insufficient,” let alone to even “partial alignment.”
The Danish Government just announced the cancellation of the 8th North Sea licensing round, a ban on future offshore licencing (following an onshore ban in 2018), and a ban on all offshore production by 2050. Hannah McKinnon of Oil Change International responded as follows.
WEO 2020 is only a small step forward when the world needs a giant leap. Now the IEA has to finish the job and fix the WEO.
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The International Energy Agency (or IEA for short) advises governments on energy policy. The trouble is, at the exact same time, some of the things the IEA says sound exactly like Big Oil talking points. Don’t take our word for it, see if you can tell them apart!
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People all over the world are facing unprecedented crises from COVID-19. These tragic impacts will be the deepest in the world’s most vulnerable communities, regions and countries. IEA director Dr. Fatih Birol has urged governments worldwide to place clean energy at the heart of stimulus. Here Dr. Birol is right – but making this clean energy call count with real ambition is critical if the IEA wants to shake its reputation as a shill for the fossil fuel sector.