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9 November 2011, Tehran Times, Iran

If Russia increased its energy efficiency in each sector to the levels of comparable (developed) countries, it could save almost 1/3 of its annual primary energy use, an amount similar to the energy used in one year by the United Kingdom, the International Energy Agency said in its latest World Energy Outlook. "Faster implementation of efficiency improvements and energy market reforms would accelerate the modernisation of the Russian economy and thereby loosen its dependency on movements in international commodity prices." Energy efficiency in Russia, although improved in recent years, remains low due to poor infrastructure and harsh climate. Total energy demand in Russia is projected to rise 28 per cent by 2035 to 830 million tonnes of oil equivalent at a 1-per cent average annual rate, with transportation growing the fastest, followed by industry and power sectors.

9 November 2011, Moscow Times

In its World Energy Outlook report IEA said that state spending to cut retail prices of gasoline, coal and natural gas rose 36% to $409 billion as global energy costs increased. Aid for biofuels, wind power and solar energy, rose 10% to $66 billion. While fossil fuels meet about 80% of world energy demand, its subsidies are "creating market distortions that encourage wasteful consumption," IEA said. "The costs of subsidies to fossil fuels generally outweigh the benefits." Nuclear power made up 5.8% of total energy use in 2009

9 November 2011, Moscow Times

The Paris-based International Energy Agency warned today that world governments are locking themselves into a potentially disastrous future that depends too much on fossil fuels. The message came as the IEA released its annual World Energy Outlook. The IEA also said the modest rise in the share of energy gained by renewables by 2035 was also predicated on a growth in government subsidies from a current $64 billion to $250 billion by 2035, a rise that is by no means certain "in this age of fiscal austerity." The IEA also noted that government subsidies of fossil fuels amounted to $409 billion in 2010.

9 November 2011, Tehran Times

The IEA forecasts in its latest World Energy Outlook that global energy demand is set to increase by one-third between 2010 and 2035, fuelled by fast-expanding China, with oil consumption expected to rise from 87 million to 99 million barrels per day over the period. Output increases from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will provide about 90% of the required growth in crude production to 2035. However, if annual investment in the MENA region falls short of the $100 billion needed between 2011 and 2015 the oil price could spike to a near-term $150 per barrel, according to the IEA. Sounding the alarm on the environment, the IEA’s chief economist Fatih Birol warned that even if governments implement new energy policies, cumulative CO2 emissions over the next 25 years would still lead to a long-term global temperature rise of 3.5 degrees Celsius – above the 2-degrees C target - and could reach 6 degrees C if these policies are not implemented. This, he said, was a factor of already committed investments to building CO2-emitting power stations, buildings and factories. “As each year passes without clear signals to drive investment in clean energy, the “lock-in” of high-carbon infrastructure is making it harder and more expensive to meet our energy security and climate goals,” Birol said.

9 November 2011, El Universal, Mexico

In a report released Monday, the Paris-based International Energy Agency said 20 percent of the worlds population has no access to electricity, 95 percent of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa or poorer parts of Asia. Also, some 2.7 billion people are without clean cooking facilities, causing 1.5 million deaths annually from respiratory diseases, the report says. The agencys chief economist, Fatih Birol, said providing electricity to everybody would have a minor impact on climate change because carbon dioxide emissions would increase by only 0.7 percent. The two-day meeting that opened in Oslo on Monday is aimed at improving the availability of energy and financing power and light in the Third World. Around 360 delegates from 70 countries are in attendance.

9 November 2011, Manila Bulletin, Philippines

About 1.3 billion of the worlds seven billion people have no access to energy, while another 2.7 billion are without clean cooking facilities, using coal and wood for domestic tasks, according to a study published Monday by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA study shows that 48 billion dollars would be needed per year to guarantee access to modern energy services by 2030, or a little more than five times the amount currently earmarked. "This is really a small amount," IEA chief economist Fatih Birol said, adding: "It is only three percent of the global energy investments." Birol said the use of dirty fuels for cooking was the second-leading cause of premature death behind AIDS, responsible for killing 1.5 million women and children each year."If you dont find a solution to this problem, very soon it will be the primary source of premature death worldwide…, which is unacceptable," he said. Financially feasible, universal access to energy would only lead to a 1.1 percent rise in global energy demand, since poor households would still be limited in their consumption, and a 0.7 percent rise in greenhouse gas emissions, according to the IEA. "The implications are very small. There are no real tensions between the targets of providing energy access and the issues of energy security and climate change," Birol concluded.

9 November 2011, Los Angeles Times

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that energy will become "viciously more expensive" and polluting if governments do not promote renewable and nuclear power in the next two decades instead of burning coal. Stating that nuclear energy remains vital to cope with rising energy demand, the IEA also warned that a pullback from nuclear production, amidst a rise in demand for energy, was likely to drive countries towards increased use of coal and gas, and therefore to generating extra carbon pollution with a devastating effect on the environment. The price of non-nuclear sources of energy would rise sharply, the IEA said in its annual World Energy Outlook report that was released last week, forecasting that in any case global oil demand was set to grow by 14.0% by 2035, pulled by China, India and other emerging economies. Oil prices could rise to $120 per barrel, the IEA said in its annual report as it warned that the world had to change the way it was consuming energy.

9 November 2011, Upstream Online

Year after year, the eagerly awaited World Energy Outlook (WEO) produced by the International Energy Agency, has been focusing on the global energy issues and its future outlook. “The door is closing,” Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, said. “I am very worried — if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum (for safety). The door will be closed forever.” Nevertheless, “as each year passes without clear signals to drive investment in clean energy, the ‘lock-ing of high-carbon infrastructure is making it harder and more expensive to meet our energy security and climate goals,” the IEA chief economist warned.

9 November 2011, Moscow Times

The chief economist of the International Energy Agency said China will be the leader in manufacturing clean-tech products by 2030 but it simply wont be enough to cut down on its carbon emissions. "China will be the champion of manufacturing wind and solar products as well as electric vehicles in 20 years," said the IEAs Fatih Birol. "China is making great efforts in clean energy and experimental carbon caps in many provinces, a move we do not see in many places in the world."

9 November 2011, Tehran Times, Iran

Don’t misuse our gas bonanza – OP-Ed from Dr Birol, IEA Chief Economist