IEA: Tripling the Speed of Efficiency Progress a Must for a Net-Zero Carbon World
- May 28, 2021 9:18 pm GMT
By taking unprecedented action that transforms how energy is produced, transported, and used, the world can eliminate net emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050, according to a report released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report makes clear that this goal will require rapid scaling of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electrification.
“The scale and speed of the efforts demanded by this critical and formidable goal—our best chance of tackling climate change and limiting global warming to 1.5 °C—make this perhaps the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced,” said Fatih Birol, IEA’s executive director, in unveiling the findings. IEA called the 227-page report, for which I served as a peer reviewer, the world’s first comprehensive study of how to transition to a net-zero energy system by 2050.
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