"Arctic oil is not for today ... maybe for the day after tomorrow"

The Guardian, 18 September 2015

In an interview with Britain's The Guardian newspaper, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol warned of the costs and technological challenges related to drilling for oil in the Arctic. "Arctic oil is not for today, and not for tomorrow – maybe for the day after tomorrow," he said. 

IEA chief addresses challenges to golden age of gas at LNG conference

Bloomberg, 16 September 2015

Bloomberg focused on comments by IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol in an article on coal’s market share gains at the expense of natural gas.  “Cheap coal and increasing competitiveness of renewables are squeezing gas in many markets,” the news agency quoted Dr. Birol as telling the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference in Tokyo. “For many, this means the golden age of gas remains more of a dream than reality.”

Reuters highlights China focus of Executive Director’s inaugural official address

Reuters, 9 September 2015

Fatih Birol’s first official speech as the new Executive Director of the IEA called for increased partnership between the Agency and China, with Reuters quoting him as telling the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing that as the Agency pursues his priority goal of greater IEA co-operation with emerging economies, “China is at the top of the list”. 

“Japan without nuclear energy will face major challenges,” new IEA Executive Director says

Kyodo via The Japan Times, 3 September 2015

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol welcomed the Japanese government’s plans for nuclear energy to account for 20% to 22% of the country’s total electricity supply in 2030, saying nuclear power has an important role to play for Japan’s prosperity and energy security while curbing greenhouse gas emissions. “I believe Japan without nuclear energy will face major challenges,” Dr. Birol said in an interview with the Japanese news agency Kyodo published on 1 September 2015, the day he became IEA Executive Director. 

Bloomberg highlights IEA-NEA analysis of renewables’ growing competitiveness

Bloomberg, 31 August 2015

Utility-size solar installations can already be fully cost-competitive with baseload technologies like coal and nuclear in sunny regions, Bloomberg reported, citing the new study, Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. The news agency associated the findings, co-developed by the IEA and the Nuclear Energy Agency, with the upcoming global climate negotiations in Paris on limiting carbon dioxide emissions. 

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