9 November 2007, The New York Times
In unusually urgent tones, the International Energy Agency, which provides policy advice to industrial nations, urged advanced economies to work with China and India to cut overall growth in energy consumption. “There is a need for an electroshock,” said Fatih Birol, the agency’s chief economist and the lead author of its flagship publication, The World Energy Outlook. “We have to act immediately and boldly.”see more
8 November 2007, The Wall Street Journal
The International Energy Agency painted a tough energy outlook for coming years, with tightening oil supplies and a surge in global-warming emissions as China and India burn more coal to power their booming economies. The IEAs annual World Energy Outlook also details a continued surge in oil demand that could result in a serious supply crunch around 2015. The agency portrays a world that by 2030 will be consuming 55% more energy than it is now, with almost half of the growth because of soaring demand in China and India.see more…
8 November 2007, International Herald Tribune
The International Energy Agency urged oil producing countries Wednesday to replenish crude oil inventories in light of high oil prices. At current prices, the market is signalling that stocks need to be higher, something that is in the power of producers to address," Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the organization. In unusually urgent tones, the International Energy Agency warned that demand for oil imports by China and India would almost quadruple by 2030 and could create a supply "crunch" as soon as 2015 if oil producers did not step up production, energy efficiency failed to improve and demand from China and India was not dampened.see more
8 November 2007, Le Monde
Par ailleurs, les principales conclusions du World Energy Outlook 2007, le rapport annuel de lAgence Internatioanle de lénergie, rendu public mercredi 7 à Londres, sont inquiétantes. La croissance économique de la Chine et de lInde - gourmandes en pétrole et en charbon - transforme le système énergetique mondial.
7 November 2007, Financial Times
Prominently covering the new World Energy Outlook 2007 – China and India Insights, the newspaper focuses on the IEA warning over surging energy demand, a possible threat to supplies and rising CO2 emissions, and quotes Chief Economist Fatih Birol as urging for action to avert those threats: “We want more action instead of more targets, more meetings and more talks (..) right away, and in a bold manner”. The IEA is calling for a radical change in policies, greater investment in nuclear power and renewables, and a drive to improve energy efficiency.
28 June 2007, Reuters
Resource nationalism could be damaging for future oil production in countries lacking capital and in need of foreign investment, said Fatih Birol, IEA chief economist. "In general, one can say that resource nationalism could well have negative implications in the countries where you dont have major domestic capital formation", he told on the sidelines of a conference in Istanbul.
21 June 2007, Los Angeles Times
Responding to the question if China has already surpassed the US as the worlds largest producer of greenhouse gases, Fatih Birol, IEA chief economist, said: "It is either this year, or it was 2006, or it will be 2008." He stressed that what is important is the way China and the richer countries of the industrialized world respond to the changing situation. Neither the United States nor China have ratified the 1997 Kyoto Protocol setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
6 June 2007, Reuters
Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA, spoke about the rich countries meeting in Germany this week, and expressed his opinion on the need for these countries to confront climate change. He said "definitely therell be tradeoffs between climate change and the local environment, and with energy security", adding that we are not in the luxury of being able to choose from hundreds of energy types.
18 April 2007, Dow Jones
Fatih Birol, IEA Chief Economist, said that the IEA had major concerns about gas supplies being very concentrated in three nations; Russia, Iran and Qatar. Russia had moved "in the opposite direction" on its promises to open up its gas markets. "Its not good news for Russias clients", said Birol. He also mentioned that the country was not investing enough in energy projects.
30 January 2007, Xinhua News Agency, China
The IEAs chief economist, Fatih Birol, said that "coal will remain the main source of power at least for the next two decades", and added in his talk to the coal industry conference in Davos, that pressure from the environmental sector will necessitate the coal industry to respond accordingly in order to face this increasing challenge.