"With this report, the IEA sends a dangerous signal to policy
makers and the industry worldwide to continue to massively waste
energy, burn fossil fuels and forget about climate change," says
Jan Vande Putte of Greenpeace International.
The IEA today presented its annual 'World Energy Outlook', which
predicts that if governments stick with the policies in force, the
world's energy needs will be almost 60% higher in 2030 than they
are now, electricity demand will double and CO2 emissions will
increase by more than 60%.
In IEA's view, fossil fuels will continue to dominate, with
shares of nuclear power and renewable energy remaining limited.
Furthermore, they neglect their own research on energy efficiency
(1) and disregard the draft EU directive on energy efficiency,
which sets an objective of decreasing energy demand by 1% per year
Aside from their 'Reference' scenario, the IEA is presenting an
'Alternative' scenario with a decrease of CO2 emissions by 16%,
needing a "technological breakthrough" and a shift to renewable and
"Despite the 'Alternative' scenario, the IEA remains fixated on
old and dirty fossil fuel technologies, and neglects the ongoing
boom of renewable energy technologies," says Jan Vande Putte. "Wind
energy has been growing at an average of 30% over the last decade
and is costs competitive with coal and cheaper then nuclear power,
despite massive subsidies for both dirty technologies." (3)
The UK goverment's Energy Review estimates that by 2020 wind
power will be the cheapest available electricity source, even
beating gas. A report from Greenpeace and the European Wind Energy
Association estimates that by 2020, more than 12% of the global
electricity needs could be generated by wind. The European
Renewable Energy Council (EREC) (4) estimated that by 2030,
renewables could supply 35% of the global energy needs.
"By massively investing in available renewable and efficiency
technologies and ruling out dirty and expensive nuclear and fossil
fuels, a genuinely sustainable energy sector is possible." said Jan
Vande Putte. "With an estimated 16 trillion dollars to be invested
in the next 25 years, the world has a clear choice: either put the
money in destruction or in solutions."
Notes: 1) IEA, Cool Appliances - Policy Strategies for Energy Efficient Homes. Paris, 2003. http://www.iea.org/dbtw-wpd/bookshop/add.aspx?id=62 2) 2) European Commission, Proposal for a Directive on the Promotion of End-use efficiency and Energy Services, COM (2003) 739 final. http://europa.eu.int/comm/energy/demand/legislation/end_use_en.htm3) EWEA and GREENPEACE, Wind Force 12. May 2004. http://www.ewea.org/documents/0511%20-%20Wind%20Force%2012.pdf)4) EREC, Renewable Energy Scenario to 2040. 2004. http://www.erec-renewables.org/documents/targets_2040/EREC_Scenario%202040.pdf