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Policy Databases

In order to underpin scenario analysis of the World Energy Outlook, an extensive effort - is made to update and expand the list of energy and climate-related policies and measures that feed our modelling.

Three scenarios are presented in this year’s Outlook: the New Policies Scenario, the Current Policies Scenario and the 450 Scenario. Assumptions about government policies are critical to the three scenarios and over 3 000 policies and measures in OECD and non-OECD countries have been considered during their preparation. A summary of some of the key policy targets and measures for different sectors by selected countries and regions can be accessed here.

The World Energy Outlook Policy Database has been compiled from various sources including: IEA Climate Change Mitigation Database, IEA Energy Efficiency Database, IEA Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database, as well as contacts from industry and government.

Although all care has been taken to ensure accuracy, completeness and clarity of the database's content, the database may not be a complete listing of all energy related policies in the region or country covered. For various reasons information can be difficult to find or confirm, and some translated information is subject to the translator's discretion. If you have more up-to-date information, please help us improve the quality of this service by contacting the IEA at The database was last updated in 2011.