Emergency Response Training and Outreach
Emergency Response Exercise
The Emergency Response Exercise (ERE) is the primary tool with which the IEA trains country delegates on matters related to the IEA co-ordinated emergency response system. It helps to ensure that those delegates and Secretariat staff are prepared in the event of a major disruption to global oil supplies. ERE make use of hypothetical disruption scenarios to help familiarise participants with the main components of the IEA response system, as well as the key trends and risk factors impacting the global oil market. Participants include delegates from IEA Member, Association, and Key Partner countries, representatives from the IEA Industry Advisory Board and European Commission, other industry stakeholders, and IEA Secretariat staff.
ERE is held on a biennial basis, with different components taking place either in person and/or via email. The next ERE will take place in 2018. For information on the previous exercises, click here.
Country Specific Exercises
In an effort to promote energy security in countries outside of the Agency’s membership, the Secretariat periodically conducts country specific training exercises. With countries outside the IEA accounting for an increasingly significant share of global oil demand, the issue of emergency preparedness has become a global issue. The IEA participates in the yearly exercises in Thailand. The Secretariat conducted an ERE in China in 2015. Prior to that, the Secretariat conducted an ERE in India.
Exercises on Natural Gas Security
As the IEA’s concept of energy security has expanded to include other energy sources beyond oil, so too have the Secretariat’s efforts in training and capacity building. In 2016, Secretariat staff worked with representatives from the Japanese administration to conduct the Gas Resiliency Assessment of Japan. Conducted as a one-day workshop, the exercise aimed to identify risks and challenges related to natural gas supply in Japan, examine whether existing policies for addressing these challenges are sufficient, and determine whether or not they will remain so going forward.
Our work on Energy security
One of the IEA's core activities is ensuring the security of oil supplies by setting oil stockholding requirements for member countries and coordinating the international response to supply shocks
Natural Gas Security
Gas security challenges are evolving. The current period of gas oversupply – driven by overcapacity in the LNG market – should not overshadow the critical importance of global gas security
In May 2015, the Group of Seven (G7) Energy Ministers asked the IEA to help determine the best means of improving electricity security, including through increasing system flexibility
Member and Key Partner Emergency Policies
Since its founding in 1974, oil supply security has been a core mission of the International Energy Agency
The energy sector has to withstand demand or supply shocks in global energy markets, natural disasters, explosions or cyberattacks and other extreme events
In the event of an actual or potentially severe oil supply disruption, the IEA Secretariat first assesses its market impact and the need for an IEA co-ordinated response
Market Report Series: Oil 2017
Provides market analysis and forecasts to 2022
Gas Resiliency Assessment of Japan
Identify the natural gas supply security risks and challenges of Japan
Oil Information 2017
Detailed and comprehensive picture of oil supply, demand, trade, production and consumption
- WEO Analysis: A sea change in the global oil trade
23 February 2018
- Broadest ever participation in IEA emergency response exercise
12 February 2018
- Executive Director meets with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
18 October 2017
Events & workshops
WorkshopIntegrating New Technologies while Maintaining Resource AdequacyIEA, Room 1
WorkshopJoint Strategic Workshop on CHP and DHC TechnologiesParis