Collaboration between IEA, UNFCCC will lead to improved data and analysis on climate issues

26 September 2012

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol (an international treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions) have agreed on a framework for collaboration in order to reinforce their mutual efforts to promote clean energy and combat climate change.

This takes the form of a Memorandum of Understanding, which entered into force on 3 September 2012.

This new level of formal collaboration is spurred by fresh analysis from the IEA which indicates that current energy policies are likely to result in a global average temperature increase well above the 2 degree Celsius limit reaffirmed by world leaders at the meeting of the parties to the UNFCCC in Durban last year.

“The threat of climate change becomes increasingly pressing as each month rolls by,” said Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the IEA. “But despite this, not nearly enough is being done to tackle this global challenge. This collaboration will lead to improved dissemination of data and analysis, which will be key for clean energy policy makers throughout the world.”

Building on existing ad hoc projects, the IEA and the UNFCCC secretariat have formalised their intention to pool their technical expertise in energy data, clean energy-related policies and measures and technology.

The IEA has extensive experience with regard to best practice in energy statistics, clean energy development and energy policy making. The UNFCCC on the other hand sets the overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change, and creates institutions and mechanisms which help countries adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change and to curb their emissions. Going forward, the two secretariats will work together to support international efforts to create a low-carbon future.

“Both organisations recognise the advantage of working together in this area of mutual interest to help advance action to address climate change,” Ms. Van der Hoeven noted.