Today, Oil Change International and over 150 other civil society organisations from all over the world sent an open letter to International Energy Agency (IEA) director Dr. Fatih Birol, urging him to center 1.5 degrees Celsius (ºC) in the 2021 World Energy Outlook (WEO). The IEA is due to release the WEO in one month, on October 13, 2021.
The IEA’s new 1.5°C-aligned scenario finds “no need for investment in new fossil fuel supply.” This represents a break from past IEA reports that boosted new oil and gas development by focusing on scenarios that steered the world towards catastrophic levels of warming. This is a big step in the right direction.
At today’s IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit, International Energy Agency director Dr. Fatih Birol again asserted that his agency “will provide a roadmap for the world to be in line with 1.5 degrees Celsius,” yet stopped short of saying it will be central in the upcoming WEO.
The IEA is finally taking a major step towards living up to its ambition to lead the clean energy transition.
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.
Limiting warming to 1.5ºC is both urgent and possible, but governments and investors alike need pathways that allow them to plan for success, not further entrench fossil fuels.
In response to the new report released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA), experts at Oil Change International have issued the following statement: “The IEA again misses the mark where it matters the most, completely ignoring the link between sustainable recovery and staying within 1.5°C of warming. Nowhere in the report is there mention of the critical 1.5-degree warming limit, let alone analysis of what’s needed for a recovery plan to be fully aligned with it.”
L’AIE publie aujourd’hui une édition spéciale de son rapport World Energy Outlook dédié aux mesures de soutien aux énergies propres dans le contexte des plans de relance post-COVID. Et pourtant, loin de marquer une rupture avec les modèles préexistants, le rapport s’obstine à ménage toutes les formes d’énergie et fait l’impasse sur la nécessaire sortie des hydrocarbures.
Oil Change International et Reclaim Finance dénoncent cet énième rapport inepte pour guider les choix des décideurs politiques et financiers en matière de transition énergétique et appellent ces derniers à la plus grande prudence quant à ses conclusions.
A letter from leading businesses, scientists and activists demands “bold, not incremental, action” is required from the International Energy Agency on climate change. Hopefully, Dr. Birol and the IEA are listening. For all our futures may depend on their report next month.
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!