The annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) is an outlook on future energy development and climate of our world. Mentioned here are important highlights of the world energy situation in the context of severe climatic changes.

The realization of the 2 ° C target moves further away

The long-term goal to combat climate change is to limit the average global temperature increase to 2 ° C. Measures to be expensive and mean in economic terms, significant limitations. The “scenario of the new energy policy framework,” goes one of three WEO scenarios of future world energy development, believes that the recent political commitments entered into by the governments is implemented carefully. Even if they were not yet supported by concrete measures. It reflects a trend in CO2 emissions, expected to be in with a long-term average increase in temperature by 3.5 ° C. This is already clear the mark. If the political obligations are not met and therefore have been “prudent efforts” meant becoming esich the temperature by as much as 6 ° C or more increase (!).

Governments do not act in the long term

In the wake of the financial crisis, most countries have directed their attention to urgent economic problems and lost the longer-term energy policy in mind. The relationship between the achievement of climate targets and security of energy supply is a thorn in many countries. You have enough to do to keep their economies going and to prevent potential banking crises. For climate protection because there is little potential. But a look at some contexts is an urgent need for a global policy shift that is required by the IEA for some time, with emphasis.

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The subsidy of fossil fuels must end

Subsidies for fossil fuels in 2010 were at 409 billion U.S. dollars. In contrast, only 64 have billion-dollar, with which the renewable energy sources have been subsidized. While their share of global primary energy consumption is rising, according to scenario from 13 to 18 percent, the share of fossil fuels decreases only from 81 to 75 percent. A step in the right direction, which is far too small. Even so, the climate-damaging fossil fuels remain high despite enormous subsidies from the energy source number one.

Energy consumption is growing steadily

Even in an uncertain economic growth, global energy consumption in the “scenario of the new energy policy framework” will increase sharply. Thus, between the years 2010 and 2035 expected to increase by one third. This statement is based with the steady increase in world population and demand for energy services and increased mobility.

Energy system in the world is in danger

The International Energy Agency has recently stated in her statement to the new wind turbines in 2011 that “the scope for action are shrinking.” So we are heading directly into an unsafe, inefficient and carbon-rich energy system if we do not do much more than before to shape the energy future of our world forever. By analyzing what has been achieved in terms of climate change and energy security, the development of the WEO with a total of three scenarios, elusive forward-looking statements can be made. These statements are very dramatic. So said Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA: “With every year that passes without clear signals for investment in clean energy, it becomes more difficult and expensive to achieve our objectives on energy security and climate change.”