In response to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Oil 2020 report released today, as global oil prices plummet amid supply swings and the impacts of COVID 19, Kelly Trout, senior research analyst at Oil Change International, released the following statement.
The IEA is embarking on a public relations effort that bears a striking resemblance to the spin coming from the oil and gas industry itself. This post takes a closer look at the IEA’s new spin, and why it’s a dangerous distraction from real solutions.
By Laurie van der Burg As the climate crisis wreaks havoc across the globe and we enter a decade that will make or break our ability to limit warming to 1.5°C, Big Oil continues to use the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) dangerous scenarios to justify major new investments in oil and gas, including in court. … Read More
The IEA has become a liability on climate with its annual World Energy Outlook failing to provide the critical tools to plan for Paris success.
In case you missed it, yesterday the International Energy Agency released its hallmark report, World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2019. If the resultant press coverage and social media traffic was any indication, there are growing concerns over the inadequacy of the WEO.
In its 2019 World Energy Outlook, used by governments and investors all over the world to guide energy decisions, the International Energy Agency is still centering a trajectory heading towards climate breakdown.
After a year of clear demands and obvious signals from energy experts, investors, and governments, the IEA has again failed where it matters on climate.
When it comes to the urgent need for a robust, central, 1.5°C-aligned energy scenario that doesn’t gamble our future on unproven technologies, the IEA unfortunately presents far more spin than substance.
For the IEA, real scenario reform will require more than risky emissions accounting tricks that punt the burden and costs of reducing emissions to future generations.
We’re glad to hear that the IEA is starting to respond to the growing demands from business leaders, government leaders, and civil society members to align its scenarios with Paris. However, the devil is in the details as to whether or not such a scenario from the IEA should earn our applause, and we must withhold judgment until more details are released.