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No. 14 - 5 November 2003

Pricing the planet’s energy needs to 2030

World energy demand will rise by two-thirds between now and 2030. Will today’s energy systems be able to handle that increase?

• How much will it cost to provide an adequate energy infrastructure?

• What kind of technical, economic and geopolitical risks must be addressed?

• Which regulatory barriers and financial obstacles must be overcome to mobilise the needed capital?

• While the world’s financial system has the necessary financing capacity, are the conditions right?

A pioneering in-depth study on investment needs by fuel and by region, IEA’s World Energy Investment Outlook offers some answers. Analysing the global energy investment challenge over coming decades, it provides a window on the implications of a range of alternative scenarios, policy frameworks and different stages in technology development.

In some 500 pages containing more than 230 tables and figures, this ground-breaking IEA publication offers crucial insight for policy makers, investors and all who address energy issues. It can be purchased in various formats, including pdf for multi-users. Click here to learn more about the IEA World Energy Investment Outlook,and consult its Table of Contents. To order, Click here.

This is the latest in the IEA’s World Energy Outlook series. A recognized authoritative source of projections of global trends in energy supply and demand, trade, investment and CO2 emissions, these IEA books are published each year. The 2002 Outlook extended the projection scope to span three decades into the future and included a special chapter on energy and poverty. In 2001, the Outlook assessed the ability of global fuel supplies to meet future energy demand.

• Europe - growing need for new gas-fired power stations and pipelines
• United States – soaring generation and transmission investment requirements
• Middle East – implications of restricted investment in oil production capacity
• Iraq – oil regeneration needs
• Asian economies – a rising share in global energy investment
• Developing countries – offering wider access to modern energy
• CO2 sequestration – a key technology for tomorrow