Last updated on: 9/18/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

International Energy Agency (IEA) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Renewable energies are essential contributors to the energy supply portfolio as they contribute to world energy supply security, reducing dependency on fossil fuel resources, and provide opportunities for mitigating greenhouse gases…

The biggest challenge facing renewable energy technologies is to advance the state-of-the-art to the point where more renewable options can generate energy at costs that are competitive with conventional sources. With worldwide adoption of stricter environmental standards and guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions, it is becoming clear that renewable energy systems will be credited
for their inherent advantage in lowering emissions. These environmental benefi ts will contribute towards making the delivered costs more palatable and are already the driving force behind policy initiatives in many IEA member countries. Nevertheless, achieving substantial technology breakthroughs to improve cost-competitiveness remains a priority.”

“Renewables In Global Energy Supply: An IEA Fact Sheet,” www.iea.org, Jan. 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organisation which acts as energy policy advisor to 28 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. Founded during the oil crisis of 1973-74, the IEA’s initial role was to co-ordinate measures in times of oil supply emergencies. As energy markets have changed, so has the IEA. Its mandate has broadened to incorporate the ‘Three E’s’ of balanced energy policy making: energy security, economic development and environmental protection. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major consumers and producers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.”

“About IEA,” www.iea.org (accessed Sep. 18, 2009)

Mission:

“Promote diversity, efficiency and flexibility within the energy sectors of the IEA member countries. Remain prepared collectively to respond to energy emergencies. Expand international cooperation with all global players in the energy markets…

Enhance awareness of options for addressing the climate change challenge. Promote greenhouse gas emission abatement, through enhanced energy efficiency and the use of cleaner fossil fuels. Develop more environmentally acceptable energy options…

Ensure the stable supply of energy to IEA member countries and promote free markets in order to foster economic growth.”

“Press Kit,” www.iea.org (accessed Sep. 21, 2009)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology Be Developed?
  2. Is Solar Power an Economical Alternative to Conventional Energy?