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.
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The IEA and WEO 2019: Still working for fossil fuels, not global climate goals
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.
Response to International Energy Agency’s 2019 World Energy Outlook
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.
Decoding the IEA’s Scenario Spin: Real reform or more of the same?
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.
The IEA’s Hidden Negative Emissions Gamble
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.
The devil is in the details: the IEA begins to develop a 1.5 °C Scenario
For IEA scenario reform, the devil is in the details. The IEA must develop a 1.5°C scenario that is aligned with the goals of the Paris climate agreement and address the concerns of key WEO users. Anything less would be easy to discount as greenwashing or another example of the pro-fossil fuel bias at the IEA.
The devil is in the details: Oil Change International response to reports of IEA movement on a 1.5°C scenario
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.
IEA ‘New Policy Scenario’ Promotes ‘Business As Usual’ In A Carbon-Constrained World
When it comes to making decisions on expensive and complex energy infrastructure, investors, governments, and companies look decades into the future. Unfortunately for action on climate change, the IEA’s World Energy Outlook has a strong status quo bias.
Business leaders, investors, and experts to IEA: Align with Paris and help us plan for success
Today, over 40 business leaders, investors, and energy experts found remarkable alignment around demanding more from the IEA. In a letter covered by the Financial Times, a broad collection of signatories called on the IEA to develop a truly Paris-aligned scenario.
The IEA Comes Up Short on Climate (Again)
Today’s release of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2018 marked another missed opportunity for the International Energy Agency (IEA) to provide a roadmap to Paris success.