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IEA World Energy Outlook 2008

Mobilising the energy-sector revolution

Financial market turmoil, record-breaking oil price swings and fast-shifting geographical concentrations of energy demand all contribute to growing uncertainty. As the IEA's newly released World Energy Outlook 2008 stresses, however, one overriding certainty remains constant. Governments around the globe must act fast and together to ensure a radical, sustainable transformation of the world's ageing, dirty energy systems. The longer the wait, the higher the economic, environmental and social costs.

The IEA's World Energy Outlook 2008 (WEO) explains what must be done. It presents and analyses the raw facts about today's run-away energy consumption and the investment struggle to keep pace. It explores current demand trends and examines the threats to reliability of energy supplies and the future wellbeing of the world's populations. It offers blueprints for getting back on track.

Looking towards the end-2009 Copenhagen international talks on the post-2012 climate policy framework, WEO 2008 provides valuable insight. Its detailed climate-policy scenarios show how the functioning of energy systems can be tailored to meet specific greenhouse-gas abatement goals.



The plain facts


Global energy trends to 2030


Energy prices in relation to investment requirements

Field-by-field analysis of oil and gas production/prospects; investment needs

Analysis of energy's role in climate policy

IEA World Energy Outlook 2008 provides answers to these and other leading questions.

• Is the oil supply crunch about investment or geology?


• Where are the oil/gas investment priorities, and obstacles?

• What are the implications of current structural changes in the upstream oil and gas industry?

• To what extent can lower energy bills reward energy-efficiency investments?

• How can energy poverty be addressed in major oil- and gas-producing Sub-Saharan African countries?

• What contribution would renewables and nuclear energy make to stabilising greenhouse-gas emissions and limiting the increase in global temperature?

• How can the various climate mechanisms such as cap-and-trade systems, sectoral agreements and national policies and measures play a role?

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