Home > News > Warning from the International Energy Agency

Warning from the International Energy Agency

By: Kelly Fenn - Updated: 28 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
International Energy Agency Iea Climate

Energy consumption is tied closely in to climate change issues, with the burning of fossil fuels impacting on global CO2 levels in particular. This makes the prospect of an ever increasing demand for more and more energy a bleak picture for the environment in the future indeed.

So when the International Energy Agency warned that an anticipated 50% increase in energy needs by 2030 would be served largely by coal reserves, there was an outcry from scientists and climate change advisers.

Who Are The International Energy Agency?

The International Energy Agency, or IEA, is a worldwide advisory body providing information to governments across world about all things energy related. This includes long-term analysis of the world's energy requirements, and projections on how this need will be served - in other words, the level of non-renewable and renewable energy sources needed for the world's commerce, industry and individuals.

Anticipated Growth In Energy Needs

According to the IEA's chief executive, Nobuo Tanaka, energy needs - if left unchecked by governments across the world - would rise by 50% by 2030 alone, and this need could only be realistically provided by coal reserves. This could have devastating effects on global CO2 levels and undo the global efforts to help fight climate change. If levels of energy creation from coal raised by this amount, the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere as a result of this would rise by a staggering 57% - from 27 giga tonnes to 42 giga tonnes a year.

The Rise Of Industrialising Nations

Much of the increase in anticipated energy growth can be attributed to the industrialisation and economic development of several large countries - most notably India and China, whose joint populations total two billion. Levels of energy would need to complement a changing fortune for these two nations.

According to Mr Tanaka: " The emergence of new major players in global energy markets means that all countries must take vigorous, immediate and collective action to curb runaway energy demand… rapid economic development will undoubtedly continue to drive up energy demand in China and India… this is a legitimate aspiration that needs to be accommodated and supported by the rest of the world."

The Alternative Policy Scenario

The outlook for energy was somewhat less negative after the IEA took into consideration the various different long-term policies and commitments different nations had taken in order to curb their carbon footprint and reduce overall energy needs - including binding protocols such as the Kyoto treaty. Projections using these figures then suggest that CO2 emissions from energy would rise by 25% by 2030. This is still a worrying increase but halves the worst case scenario picture, which was based on nothing being done to check energy consumption.

A Global Solution To The IEA's Warning

There is, according to the IEA, the possibility to stabilise energy consumption at 2005 levels by 2030 - but that solution needs to be implemented globally and quickly. This includes an increased reliance of nuclear energy and more investment into CO2 storage technology.

It's a stark warning from the IEA, and is yet another reason why governments need to act on climate change now. Here in the UK, the climate change bill was announced in parliament, a binding commitment to reduce overall CO2 emissions, to the backdrop of this news. Elsewhere, other parts of the world are also beginning to act accordingly.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopfully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Andy
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Hi I wonder if anyone can help me, my boiler was fitted ten years ago and my radiators were fitted forty years ago. I'm…
    16 February 2017
  • EnergySavingSecrets
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Des - Your Question:Our local council have just completed an improvement scheme in our area on all there propeies, new roofs…
    14 February 2017
  • canty
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Hi im 26 and recive esa i live in a 1 bed house with contour ive had multipe problems with the house as it wont get warm and…
    13 February 2017
  • Des
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Our local council have just completed an improvement scheme in our area on all there propeies, new roofs pointng, and more,…
    13 February 2017
  • Lisa
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Hi I work full-time I'm on no benefits but on a low income, I have a mortgage and every bill that goes along with a mortgage,…
    9 February 2017
  • EnergySavingSecrets
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Martin Robbins - Your Question:Hi there. me and my girlfriend are home owners with a mortgage. she is working bt I am…
    6 February 2017
  • Lorz
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    I am a 21yr old student who own my flat in Glasgow ,which has no central heating and no double glazing at the moment, what…
    5 February 2017
  • Janet58
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    I'm on a low income ,I work full time and have a mortgage I have old storage heaters would I be able to get help with new…
    5 February 2017
  • Martin Robbins
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Hi there .. me and my girlfriend are home owners with a mortgage. she is working bt I am registered blind and claiming…
    3 February 2017
  • Rosie
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    I am part owner with a housing association can I get a grant for radiatorsale plus I have to paint the outside of my house…
    30 January 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the EnergySavingSecrets website. Please read our Disclaimer.