IEA Report Proposes Energy Measures and Warns of Runaway Climate Change
June 20, 2013  //  By:   //  Featured  //  1 comment

On Monday, June 10, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report, Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map, that detailed inadequacies in current energy policy and proposed four measures for the energy sector to preserve the possibility of containing emissions within 2 degrees Celsius.  The IEA report noted that a global climate accord at COP 21 in 2015 would not be implemented until 2020, and that significant short-term action would be needed before 2020 to keep emissions from reaching runaway levels.

The four measures include efficiency measures in structures, industry, and transport; limiting the construction and use of inefficient coal-fired power plants; decreasing methane emissions from petroleum exploration and production; and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.  The IEA characterizes the four measures as zero-net-cost actions that will decrease excess emissions in 2020 from 4 billion to 900 million tonnes.

Overall, the IEA report challenges the assumption that emissions reductions are too expensive for immediate implementation, and offers a way to jump-start climate action by taking advantage of so-called “low-hanging fruit.”  The report has generated significant media buzz due to its creative approach and its significant implications.

A PDF of the IEA report is available here.  A press release by the IEA regarding the report is available here.  An analysis of the IEA report by the Christian Science Monitor is available here.

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