“The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled.”

The quote is from Maria van der Hoeven, the IEA’s executive director.

The IEA (International Energy Agency), not known for its raging eco-fundamentalist tendencies, has issued its latest report on CEM (Clean Energy Ministerial – Jesus, who thinks up these names?), “Tracking Clean Energy Progress – 2013”.

The 22 countries that participate in the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) share a strong interest in the development and deployment of clean energy technologies. As these same countries represent more than 75% of global energy consumption, 80% of global CO2 emissions and 75% of global GDP, they have the power to drive the transition to a cleaner energy system and, since CEM first convened in 2010, have taken steps toward this challenging goal. So how much progress has been made thus far?

Key findings are:

  • Renewable energy and emerging country efforts are lights in the dark as progress on clean energy remains far below a 2°C pathway.
  • The global energy supply is not getting cleaner, despite efforts to advance clean energy.
  • A window of opportunity is opening in transport.
  • More effort needed in industry, buildings and systems integration.
  • Public investments in energy RD&D must at least triple, as the energy share of research budgets remains low.
  • Poor quality and availability of data are still serious constraints in tracking and assessing progress.

In other words, collectively we need to ex-fucking-digitate!

2 thoughts on ““The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled.”

  1. Hello! My name is Alex and I stumbled upon your site while doing a quick Google search. Before I get into this, I would like to complement your site on the theme that is currently has, simple yet stylish. Back on topic, I really love the posts and the quality of them, most of the sites that write about the same things that you do are very repetitive and boring. I enjoy reading your posts, keep it up. Guess that’s all I’ll be posting, also, feel free to check out my sons site if you have time (I’m still working on mine, not the smartest in tech haha :P) free dj software or if that doesn’t show up, http://free-dj-software.blogspot.com Keep on blogging! -Alex S.

    1. Hi Alex and thank you for this. The theme is “Twenty Ten”, one of the WordPress standard themes. Thanks too for the compliment! It’s nice to get some feedback. There will necessarily be some degree of repetition because my main subject is climate change and there are only so many way to drive the message home. Unfortunately (for you) most of my posts on that subject will be in French from now on. Why? Because I live in France and most of my contacts are French: the old adage, “Think globally, act locally” is as valid now as it ever was. And because there is a dearth of French-language sites people can turn to for reliable information.

      Rest assured that I shall keep writing about the Snowden files, police state UK and cricket – in English! By the way, England are in the final of the women’s T20 World Cup tomorrow morning. You can watch it live here: http://www.livecricketstreaming.net/live-cricket-streaming/

      Good luck with your own blog

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