Special report on climate change in The Economist relies on IEA data

The Economist, 28 November 2015

The overview article in The Economist’s special report ahead of the UN COP21 talks quoted IEA statistics in assessing the growth of renewables. But while traditional biofuels, hydroelectric and nuclear contribute significantly to global energy supply, it noted, IEA data show that modern renewables like wind and solar make up only about 1.3% of global primary energy supply. 

Reuters relays IEA alert on growing Indian oil imports dependency

Reuters, 27 November 2015

Reuters noted the IEA warning in the new India Energy Outlook that as the country takes the lead in global energy growth, oil import dependency will rise, to as much as 90% in 2040. “As a consequence India's economy will remain vulnerable to oil price volatility and political turbulence in oil and gas producing countries,” the news service said, summarising the new special report of the World Energy Outlook 2015.  

IEA makes LNG trade security a top priority

NGI Daily Gas Price Index, 18 November 2015

The industry news service Natural Gas Intelligence highlighted the announcement from the IEA Ministerial meeting that the Agency is extending its energy security focus to the global trade in liquefied natural gas. As energy security is a core mission of the IEA, the report relayed how the Agency plans to develop options to enhance supply security as LNG overtakes pipeline deliveries of natural gas. 

Mexico’s accession candidacy adds to IEA drive to be “a truly global international energy organisation”

Reuters, 16 November 2015

Noting that Mexico is both the second-largest economy in Latin America and the third-largest oil producer in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Reuters reported on Mexico’s request to join the IEA in context of the Agency’s ongoing work to widen its membership base. “The organisation has in recent years tried to expand and include developing economies, creating partnerships with countries including China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Thailand,” the news agency said, and it quoted IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol on how Mexico’s application “is a key step towards our objective of building a truly global international energy organisation”. 

New York Times features IEA head’s warning, “Now is not the time to relax”

The New York Times, 10 November 2015

The New York Times article on the World Energy Outlook 2015 focused on the IEA warning that the shift to a low-carbon energy sector is proceeding too slowly. And low oil prices threaten to worsen the problem. “As the largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions, the energy sector must be at the heart of global action to tackle climate change,” the newspaper quoted IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol as saying.

The Guardian trumpets growth of renewable energy in power generation

The Guardian, 10 November 2015

The Guardian of Britain highlighted the surge in electricity generation from renewables in its report on the launch of the World Energy Outlook 2015. “Green energy is now the second-largest generator of electricity in the world, after coal, and is set to overtake the dirtiest fossil fuel in the early 2030s,” it said in its summary of the new edition of the IEA flagship book. “The biggest story is in the case of renewables,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol told the newspaper. “It is no longer a niche. Renewable energy has become a mainstream fuel, as of now.” 

Despite low oil prices, IEA sees renewables and energy efficiency aiding economy and environment

CNBC, 10 November 2015

In a video interview with CNBC, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said that renewable power and energy efficiency will prove to be a boon for both the economy and environment. Discussing the findings of the new World Energy Outlook 2015, he said that current trends showed no sign of easing pressure on oil producers, with demand expected to nearly plateau after 2020. 

CNBC focuses on rising OPEC output even as IEA forecasts diminishing growth in oil demand

CNBC, 13 October 2015

“Oil demand growth to slow, IEA says, but is OPEC listening?” was the headline for the financial news broadcaster CNBC’s coverage of the IEA Oil Market Report for October. Seeing “bad omens”, CNBC’s report highlighted IEA concern about when the market can restore equilibrium between slowing demand growth and OPEC’s increased output. 

Policy changes are a potential threat to global growth in renewables

Clean Technica, 5 October 2015

The clean-energy website Clean Technica trumpeted the findings of the IEA Medium-Term Renewable Energy Report 2015, headlining the forecast of a 700-gigawatt increase in renewables capacity over the next five years, which is equivalent to twice Japan’s total current power capacity. “In fact,” Clean Technica reported, “as costs continue to decline almost across the board, national policy is one of the only things standing in the way of even greater growth for the global renewable energy industry, with the IEA highlighting the role that policy can have to dramatically increase that growth.”

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