Progress towards clean energy has stalled, IEA says
Today, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013
Stark messages emerge:
* Progress has not been fast enough; the world is not on track to realize the interim 2020 targets in the ETP 2DS.
* The global energy supply is not getting cleaner. Coal technologies continue to dominate growth in power generation, and the dependence on coal for economic growth is particularly strong in emerging economies.
* Large market failures are preventing the adoption of clean energy solutions.
* Considerable energy efficiency potential remains untapped.
* Policies need to better address the energy system as a whole.
* Energy-related research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) needs to accelerate.
* More effort is needed in industry, buildings, and systems integration.
* Public investments in energy RD&D must at least triple; the energy share of research budgets remains low.
* The poor quality and availability of data are serious constraints in tracking and assessing progress.
In addition, the ESCII data shows that the carbon intensity of the global energy supply has barely changed in 20 years. The amount of carbon dioxide emitted for each unit of energy supplied has fallen by less than 1% since 1990, largely because coal technologies continue to dominate growth in power generation.
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