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What we do

The IEA is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond. Founded in response to the 1973/4 oil crisis, the IEA’s initial role was to help countries co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in oil supply through the release of emergency oil stocks to the markets. While this continues to be a key aspect of its work, the IEA has evolved and expanded. It is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, providing authoritative and unbiased research, statistics, analysis and recommendations.

Frequently asked questions

How many gallons of oil are there in a barrel? How much gas is consumed worldwide? What is the role of the Executive Director? What is the role of the governing board? This section includes answers to a broad range of questions relating to the IEA and its programme of work.

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