Nicole Rodel, Oil Change International – 

Oil Change International responds to IEA head singling out coal phasedown

27 June 2024 – This week, head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, called for countries’ updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to “include no new unabated coal and also early retirements of existing coal”.

In Birol’s address, no mention was made of all governments’ agreement to transition away from fossil fuels, as civil society also noted at recent UN climate talks in Bonn. This is despite the IEA confirming there is no room for new oil, gas, or coal  – and some existing fields will need to be closed early – to remain within the internationally agreed upon temperature limit.

In response, Romain Ioualalen, Global Policy lead at Oil Change International, said: 

“As the head of the IEA, Mr. Birol should know the time to focus only on coal as a climate culprit is over. We need a full, fast, fair, funded phase out of all fossil fuels. Setting such a low bar for  ambition is out of touch and inequitable, keeping the door wide open for major oil and gas producers.

“The IEA said so themselves: limiting warming to 1.5°C means no new oil, gas, or coal. This is the minimum ambition that must be reflected in the climate plans countries submit to fulfill their promises made in Dubai. There is no such thing as a 1.5°C-aligned NDC that does not explicitly end fossil fuel expansion. 

“In answer to Birol’s question of who is going to pay for a just energy transition – the money has always been there. The rich countries most responsible for this crisis must pay up for a fair fossil fuel phase-out and climate damages, without worsening unjust debts. We know they have more than enough money. It’s just going to the wrong things like fossil fuel handouts.” 

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  • Let us see first hand, whether or not the people responsible for the tragic place we find ourselves suffering in, will stop their continual effort to promote the Fossil Fuel Industry at the expense of world HEALTH. Will they also CLEAN up the mess created by this most profitable endeavor? They can no longer issue misleading statement about the damage created by Fossil Fuel, Gas and Coal. There is no where for them to go, but to finally do the RIGHT thing by “CEASING and DESISTING” in their previous practice, and have the decency of CLEANING UP the damage created because of their continual assistance. They made the excessive profits that will allow them to do the RIGHT thing. Lets See.

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