New IEA report with 4 key policies to keep the 2 °C climate goal alive

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New IEA report with 4 key policies to keep the 2 °C climate goal alive

The International Energy Agency released on 10th June 2013 a special report of its World Energy Outlook, entitled Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map.

The report starts by emphasizing that energy-related CO2 emissions are a crucial driver of climate change. These are increasing rapidly, notably through population growth, therefore the world is not on track to limit the global temperatures increase to 2°C and prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

The IEA report thus urges the international community to adopt what it calls the “4 fo 2°C” scenario made up of 4 key policies, relying only on existing, widely available technologies, and at no net economic cost to any individual region or major country.

  1. Specific energy efficiency measures in transport, buildings, and industry
  2. Limit the construction and use of the least-efficient coal-fired power plants
  3. Minimize methane emissions from upstream oil and gas production
  4. Accelerate the partial phaseout of fossil fuel subsidies

In parallel, efforts must be continued for innovation in low-carbon technologies in transport and power generation (including carbon capture and storage), curbing tropical deforestation, spreading good agricultural practices; and a long-term carbon price is of vital importance.

Putting off action until 2020 would double the cost of action, the report reminds, making clear that the real energy-related threat to economic prosperity is not an oil shock, but a climate shock.


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