IEA in new drive to increase rate of energy intensity improvements

Undoubtedly, if we are to accelerate the low carbon energy transition, we need organisations such as the International Energy Agency to play a lead role.  Last week, EiD had a post raising concerns about its modelling and we are looking forward to what it next presents in the upcoming World Energy Outlook. Recently, the IEA … Continue reading IEA in new drive to increase rate of energy intensity improvements

New report from OECD linking climate action and well-being

In energy efficiency we are often discussing the so-called multiple benefits that include health, jobs and other social benefits.  Now the OECD Secretariat has released a report that tries to look at climate action with a social focus. The OECD publication Accelerating Climate Action: Refocusing Policies through a Well-being Lens builds on the OECD Well-being … Continue reading New report from OECD linking climate action and well-being

New report from UN Economic Commission for Europe to accelerate energy transition

Recently, the UNECE has published a report to accelerate the shift to improved energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment in selected countries of South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and in the Russian Federation.   UNECE issues recommendations to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy shift in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russian … Continue reading New report from UN Economic Commission for Europe to accelerate energy transition

Will IEA’s models truly reflect meeting the Paris climate objectives?

In April this year a group of investors and scientists wrote to the Executive Director of the IEA calling for a more realistic approach to modelling in its World Energy Outlook. They closed the letter this way: “As a group of individuals representing the investor, business, academic and non-profit sectors,  we are key end users … Continue reading Will IEA’s models truly reflect meeting the Paris climate objectives?

Sometimes an organisation has outlasted its usefulness

We have been very good at creating new international organisations when needed but we have a hard time removing them when they have either achieved their expected results or simply do not have a positive role to play in our current global context. Can it be reformed to meet today’s challenges?   Such is the concern … Continue reading Sometimes an organisation has outlasted its usefulness

International Energy Charter needs to focus on low-carbon energy transition

In a previous article Sarah Keay-Bright said the outdated Energy Charter Treaty protects old world fossil fuel investments over the wide range of new green investments now being made. The treaty is being reviewed by its signatories this year. In a concluding article on the energypost.eu website, she and Steivan Defilla warn that the terms … Continue reading International Energy Charter needs to focus on low-carbon energy transition

Could the world be sustainable with less efficiency and more GHG emissions?

One week after the publication of the IPCC report on the 1.5°C target, the International Energy Agency released its flagship energy efficiency publication entitled “Energy Efficiency 2018 - Analysis and Outlook to 2040”. In the foreword of the publication, Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol claims, rightly, that “this year’s report is the most comprehensive analysis … Continue reading Could the world be sustainable with less efficiency and more GHG emissions?

Financing sustainable energy high priority for EBRD

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established to help build a new, post-Cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. It has since played a historic role and gained unique expertise in fostering change in the region - and beyond. Now it is active in more than 30 countries, from the Southern … Continue reading Financing sustainable energy high priority for EBRD

Understanding why we need to unlock investments in energy efficiency

Recently, the International Energy Agency published its latest market report on energy efficiency. Jennifer Romero-Torres, Senior Financial Sector Specialist for the South Asia Regional Department at the Asian Development Bank uses that report to discuss investments in energy efficiency in an article on the Eco-Business website.   Energy efficiency: Why not enough is being invested … Continue reading Understanding why we need to unlock investments in energy efficiency

New review of Poland’s energy policies

The International Energy Agency has recently published its 2016 review of Poland’s energy policies and programmes. Energy policy is complicated because of the country’s dependence on domestic coal. While Poland has made some progress on improving energy efficiency and installing renewable energy, it is obvious that much more is needed, even if the IEA’s executive … Continue reading New review of Poland’s energy policies