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30 January 2012

20 March 2012
Source: European Union Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard

12 December 2011
Source: Australia Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson

A key battle in the campaign to build an effective system of global rules will shortly take place in Durban, where the UN climate negotiations reopen at the end of this month. The International Energy Agency has set the scene, with the timely warning in its new World Energy Outlook that we are way off track to avoid dangerous climate change, and that the window for effective action is closing fast.

9 December 2011
Source: Sweden Minister for Information Technology and Energy, Anna-Karin Hatt

Coal is a dominant feature of the Australian economy- both in terms of our reliance on it for our electricity and as a major source of our export revenue. Carbon capture and storage is therefore not only an important technology to Australia but to the world. As the World Energy Outlook points out, the overall cost of reducing carbon emissions will be much more expensive without the widespread use of CCS.

8 December 2011
Source: Poland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Waldemar Pawlak

The IEA is globally an authority in making both market and policy analysis and the World Energy Outlook is the tool, a very powerful one, for communicating the challenges before us. The conclusions are again crystal clear; the delivered message cannot be mistaken nor should be neglected.

29 November 2011
Source: Mexico Secretary of Energy, Jordy Herrera

This years edition of World Energy Outlook with great care focuses on a couple of especially crucial energy challenges. Allow me to bring your attention to the projections on natural gas production from unconventional sources. The successful development of this sector appears very promising. The projections from World Energy Outlook show that unconventional gas will reach a share of 20% of total gas production by 2035. Of course, one can expect that the rate of growth in unconventional gas production will differ substantially between various regions of the world, but I believe that Poland will be one of the leaders as we have all the necessary predispositions.

16 November 2011
Source: Switzerland Federal Councillor and Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Doris Leuthard

The WEO-2011 is a document that - as very few others - conjugates a rigorous academic analysis of energy production and consumption trends together with their implications for energy security all over the world.

15 November 2011
Source: Denmark Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard

We need to make some hard choices, but these must be based on facts and realities. Because, as the IEA says in the introduction to this years [World Energy] Outlook: If we dont change direction soon, well end up where were heading!

14 November 2011
Source: Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe

The WEO provides us with the framework for our national efforts. The WEO helps us to assess our own goals and measures and to make sure that we remain grounded in terms of energy policy. […] We went down to our archives and found out that WEO 1996 estimated energy consumption of the year 2010 by a difference of only 2.5%. Such a precision is really impressive.

14 November 2011
Source: UK Foreign Office special representative for climate change, John Ashton

“Following Durban, it is of utmost importance for international negotiators to rely on credible, quantitative analysis to adopt effective and appropriate policy choices to mitigate climate change. The World Energy Outlook provides this authoritative analysis […] The Commission looks forward to the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook, as the authoritative source of information for countries around the world to implement smart energy and climate policies. This can contribute to a successful discussion at the Doha Climate Conference later this year. ”

11 November 2011
Source: Germany State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Jochen Homann

In a world in which energy resources are consumed by some without a moment’s thought and in which others lack access to energy, the well-founded analyses of the IEA and the annual World Energy Outlook are vital. It is important that the IEA persists in highlighting the consequences of the vast levels of consumption, which can be described as anything but sustainable. For without this information and the corresponding steps towards a coordinated change of course beyond national borders, these behaviour patterns will soon impact on the environment and our climate, as well as on the economy and society.

10 November 2011
Source: Maxime Verhagen, Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation

The World Energy Outlook has become an important benchmark for the international energy and climate change debate. [...] The work of the IEA is essential to create a comprehensive common understanding of the challenges we face. [...] I would like to thank you, Dr. Birol, and the IEA for your important work. Persistent in your pursuit of knowledge you have unlocked new ways and inspired decision makers around the world.

9 November 2011
Source: European Union Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard

The World Energy Outlook never fails to present us with an incisive analysis of developments in the world of energy. And it always gives us food for thought. [...] Of course, any policy needs a firm analytical basis. This new edition of the World Energy Outlook will certainly help.

19 October 2011
Source: Italy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Vincenzo Scotti

The IEA is considered to be the organisation with the best energy data and the IEAs annual World Energy Outlook is seen as the most important energy publication in the world.

18 October 2011
Source: Australia Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Martin John Ferguson

As we make decisions that affect our energy future, we need the best information possible. In recent years, the IEA has provided important analyses of clean energy in the World Energy Outlook.

18 October 2011
Source: United States Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu

Looking to the future, the scale and breadth of the energy challenge ahead is enormous. The forthcoming World Energy Outlook 2011 highlights this [...] The IEA predicts global investment in the order of $40 trillion in US dollars will be required from now until 2035 - two thirds in emerging economies[...] The WEO also highlights that we are potentially entering a Golden Age of Gas [...] The WEO projects that the cost of bringing oil to the market will rise and our dependency on oil will continue in most regions of the world, most notably in Asia.

18 October 2011
Source: Poland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Waldemar Pawlak

The World Energy Outlook 2011 shows that the world is heading for a fossil fuels lock-in. This is another urgent call to move to a low-carbon economy by using the right incentives: carbon price, fossil fuels subsidies cuts, more renewables and energy efficiency, and smarter ways of taxing.

16 March 2011
Source: Denmark Minister for Climate and Energy, Lykke Friis

Allow me to highlight the fundamental role played by the International Energy Agency [...] I would like to mention here one of its most important studies, namely the World Energy Outlook.

20 January 2011
Source: India Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri P. Uma Shankar

In recent years the International Energy Agencys World Energy Outlook has rightly repeated and underlined the need for an energy revolution - a revolution that is not driven by concerns for climate change only, but equally much driven by the need for security of long-term energy supplies at affordable and stable prices [...] The less we do now, the more expensive it will become later. Limiting climate change will, in the words of World Energy Outlook 2010, require a phenomenal push by governments around the world.

9 December 2010
Source: European Union Commissioner for Energy, Gunther Oettinger

The findings of the WEO give us great insights on developments in the global energy landscape

25 November 2010
Source: Australia Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Martin John Ferguson

The World Energy Outlook is the bible of the energy sector and as such for the European Commission, energy industry and others.

22 November 2010
Source: Poland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Waldemar Pawlak

We often use the World Energy Outlook in our policy deliberations.

19 November 2010
Source: Denmark Deputy State Secretary of Danish Energy Agency, Hans Jorgen Koch

Once again the International Energy Agency publishes the reference for the energy sector: the World Energy Outlook. This edition will be quoted at many occasions over the next coming months in the energy, economic and environmental arenas, and it will be the starting point for debates, business plans and especially for the design of policies.

17 November 2010
Source: Spain Director General of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Alicia Montalvo SantaMaria

This 2010 edition of the World Energy Outlook offers a very valuable perspective on how the global energy system can develop in the next quarter of the century.

17 November 2010
Source: Spain Director General of Energy and Mining Policy, Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Antonio Hernandez Garcia

Today the IEA is one of the most important global organisations in the domain of energy, with a superb and comprehensive analytical background. The World Energy Outlook series is very popular and a highly recognized publication in the energy sector. This years edition contains global energy projections to 2035 and in a detailed manner focuses on several crucial topics.

15 November 2010
Source: Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen

The World Energy Outlook 2010 comes once again at the right time. We agree with the analysis in many ways [...] We are sharing the same basic principles: clean, economically sound and secure energy supply [...] Energy efficiency is central both to the WEO and the German energy concept [...] I look forward to a continued and close collaboration with the IEA.

11 November 2010
Source: Germany Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Rainer Bruderle

Thank you very much indeed Mr. Birol, thank you for your excellent presentation. It is challenging, it is demanding and I believe it gives us a brief overview of not only your predictions but also of the goals to be set by governments. [...] It is also really challenging for me to make use of the World Energy Outlook for our own Energy Report, to be published next spring. Thank you very much indeed for your good work and for the excellent presentation you have given us

10 November 2010
Source: Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen

The IEA delivers a blunt message ahead of the Cancun climate conference that cleaning up our energy systems now is cheaper than delay. [...] The Copenhagen commitments would soften predicted oil price increases, but the IEA still thinks prices could be some 40% higher by 2035. The age of cheap energy is over. [...] We need to go further and faster in getting ourselves off the oil hook - and on to clean green growth. Greater energy independence - with more renewables, clean coal and nuclear - is the best way to protect our consumers and our country from energy shocks to come.

9 November 2010
Source: UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne

WEO 2010 is marvellous work. Unique analysis. Deserves its reputation as The Energy Sector Bible.

30 November 2009
Source: Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Waldemar Pawlak

This year, the World Energy Outlook can be read as a warning to us all. Keeping in mind the setbacks from Copenhagen; momentum seems to have been lost. In just one year, the estimated global cost of achieving the two degrees target has increased with a staggering one thousand billion dollars. Even worse; the objective of limiting global temperature rise to only 2 degrees Celsius is now seriously threatened. The IEA report shows that, with the pledges under the Copenhagen Accord and pledges made in the G20 to remove subsidies on fossil fuels, we are on the path to a 3.5 degrees increase. [...] While we are working towards a new global agreement, we need to enhance our mitigation efforts. In this respect the IEA and the World Energy Outlook offer important analyses and advice for countries committed to limiting climate change.

26 November 2009
Source: Belgian Minister of Climate and Energy, Paul Magnette

Speaking at the World Energy Outlook 2009 presentation in Helsinki, Mr. Matti Taneli Vanhanen , Finnish Prime Minister, said: "The World Energy Outlook scenario being presented today shows that global emissions can be cut quickly and sharply. This requires the participation of all industrialised countries and the central emerging economies. We need a low-carbon revolution involving all countries as comprehensively as possible. No country or country grouping can solve this challenge alone; for the first time, among States we are negotiating about the future of the Earth [...] We can see that the low-emission path outlined by the WEO creates a long-lasting and strong worldwide demand for technology that mitigates climate change."

25 November 2009
Source: Finnish Prime Minister, Matti Taneli Vanhanen

The World Energy Outlook is the most detailed and relevant publication on the energy sector and it clearly shows the interdependence between energy, climate protection and economic development.

18 November 2009
Source: Italian Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Saglia

This years World Energy Outlook visualises how critical the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen will be: If no agreement is reached in December, IEAs analysis estimates that the cost for the world will be enormous: to quote directly from the World Energy Outlook: it will cost us 500 billions US Dollar - a year, said Minister Riis-Johansen. Read Minister speech.

17 November 2009
Source: Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen

Speaking at the World Energy Outlook 2009 presentation in Brussels, Mr. Paul Magnette, Belgian Minister of Climate and Energy, said: "We are in the final rush to Copenhagen, we all realise that this is a very very important moment and I tend to think that this is probably the most or one of the two or three most important international negotiations of the post-war period. This period must be absolutely a success. The World Energy Outlook 2009 in this respect is a very interesting and very important contribution. You all know that this is kind of a bible in the energy community around the world. It is read and commented very carefully. And this is a very interesting contribution, not only because it gives us a very precise and clear overview of the market evolution and evolution of the demand, but also of the general economic context."

13 November 2009
Source: EU Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs

Speaking at the World Energy Outlook 2009 presentation in Rome, Hon. Stefano Saglia, the Italian Deputy Minister of Economic Development, said: "The WEO 2009 serves as a very useful input for governments to shape their national energy strategies which needs to take into high consideration the international energy scenario".

12 November 2009
Source: Ms M.J.A. van der Hoeven, the Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs

World Energy Outlook 2009 provides clear messages for the climate negotiations in Copenhagen. Limiting the temperature rise below 2 degrees celcius is both doable and affordable. And waiting will impose tremendous costs on our societies. With this report the IEA shows that the solution is within reach. Now it is up to politicians to show they have the will to seize it, says Connie Hedegaard. See quote

10 November 2009
Source: Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, Connie Hedegaard

The findings of the World Energy Outlook 2009 confirm that the EU energy and climate change policies are steering Europe firmly in the right direction. The transition toward a low carbon economy is urgently needed, not only in Europe but also globally. The findings of the report are a welcome contribution as we prepare to push for an ambitious global climate agreement in Copenhagen and as we continue to develop and implement our energy policy, said Commissioner Piebalgs.

15 October 2009
Source: Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Speaking at the World Energy Outlook 2009 presentation in The Hague, Ms M.J.A. van der Hoeven, the Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs, said: "This edition of the World Energy Outlook again has important messages, I only highlighted two of them. Let me end by complimenting Mr. Tanaka and Mr. Birol with yet another outstanding publication. The World Energy Outlook exists since 1993, so this is the 17th edition. Over the last 10 years Mr. Fatih Birol has been responsible for what has indeed become IEAs flagship publication. Mr. Birol, I would like to congratulate you on this anniversary and present you with a small token of my appreciation." Read Minister speech

14 October 2009
Source: United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu

In the message sent to the IEA Ministerial held in Paris 14-15 October 2009, Mr. Yvo De Boer, Executive secretary of UNFCCC stated : "The WEO 2009 presents the most up to date, comprehensive analysis of how the energy sector can deliver on a climate change deal in Copenhagen. It is also the first analysis that includes the impact of the financial and economic crisis on this sector and its emissions. Four clear and compelling messages emerge from the report". see full message

27 November 2008
Source: Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Mr. Waldemar Pawlak

US Secretary of Energy Dr. Chu, speaking at the IEA Ministerial Meeting held in Paris on 14-15 October, quoted IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birols statement about fossil fuel subsidies and said "IEA will play a critical role in helping nations phase out subsidies on fossil fuels" see IEA Ministerial 2009

20 November 2008
Source: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources of Ireland, Eamon Ryan

Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Waldemar Pawlak, said "World Energy Outlook is a most extensive and detailed publication of the IEA, and this report will be a very valuable source of information for us as we complete our work on the Energy Policy of Poland till 2030."

19 November 2008
Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, Astrid Klug

With the launch of the WEO 2008 in Berlin, Astrid Klug, Parliamentary State Secretary at the ministry, said "The report shows once more: We need a global energy turnaround to keep climate change in a controllable frame and to prevent an increase of the average temperature of more than two degrees Celsius. The message of the World Energy Outlook is clear: We need a long term and sustainable strategy. The community of states has to set the course for this 2009 in Copenhagen and must define effective emission reduction targets."

18 November 2008
Source: Chairman of the US House Science and Technology Committee, Bart Gordon

Once again, we have a definitive report that shows the grave danger and serious challenges presented by energy security and climate change. The IEA correctly notes that ‘current global trends in energy supply and consumption are patently unsustainable.’ In the past we have made incremental shifts in our energy investments, but clearly, these are not enough. The 2008 World Energy Outlook projects that worldwide, we will need more than $26 trillion in new energy investment by 2030 just to meet demand. This is exactly why we need a transformational change in the way we develop energy technology. With the launch of the WEO 2008 in Dublin, Energy Minister Eamon Ryan said, The Outlook highlights energy challenges we face globally. We must learn from the connection between energy prices and our current economic difficulties. We must learn from this report that an unsustainable energy path will only store up an energy crunch for the future. We need to lift our economy now; following the guidance and evidence in this report will allow us to do just that."

20 November 2006
Source: German State Secretary for Economy, Dagmar W&#246hrl

The State Secretary for economics and technology, Dagmar W&#246hrl, regards the World Energy Outlook 2006 of the International Energy Agency (IEA), as a calling for common global action.

9 November 2006
Source: The European Commission, Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, welcomed the 2006 World Energy Outlook, presented yesterday by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as useful report for the preparation of the energy strategy for Europe, to be set out in detail in the Strategic European Energy Review early next year.

8 November 2006
Source: The Australian Prime Minister, John Howard

Australian Prime Minister John Howard says the World Energy Outlook which backs the use of nuclear energy has recognised that fission fuel is part of the solution to climate change. Mr Howard, who has been advocating a nuclear power industry in Australia, said it was an important report. "I thought the International Energy Agency, which is the most authoritative international body on energy matters, for the first time argued very strongly for nuclear power," Mr Howard told reporters.

7 November 2006
Source: German Minister for Economy, Michael Glos

The Federal Minister for economics and technology, Michael Glos, welcomes the World Energy Outlook 2006 of the International Energy Agency (IEA), presented today in London. "The carefully compiled analyses of the IEA show clearly the enormous global dimension of energy and environmental political challenges.