The International Energy Agency's latest Energy Technology Perspectives report presents a bleak picture of the world's current state of progress towards a low-carbon energy system. Nevertheless, the IEA tries to put a brave face on things. "We can still get on track on a clean energy future", says Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven. Probably the brighest spot is the growing enthusiasm worldwide for emission trading - just at a time when the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) has fallen into disrepair.
Trillions of euros in investment in clean-energy technology are needed worldwide by mid-century to control rising carbon emissions, says a new report that could help shape the debate on some of Europe’s most controversial energy policies.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched the 2012 edition of its comprehensive publication, the World Energy Outlook (WEO). One of its stand-out predictions is that the United States could be close to self-sufficient in energy by 2035.
Via Audrey Moreaux
"Commenting on global CO2 emissions data last month, Birol said the trend is “perfectly in line” with a temperature increase of 6 degrees C by 2050. That, he added, “would have devastating consequences for the planet.”"