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World must triple clean energy investment by 2030 to curb climate change -IEA

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  • Clean energy investment wants to triple by 2030
  • Post-pandemic coal, oil rebound fuels historic CO2 rise
  • Renewables will assist attain internet zero, struggle volatility
  • COP26 convention wants to ship “unmistakeable signal”

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Investment in renewable energy wants to triple by the tip of the last decade if the world hopes to successfully struggle climate change and hold risky energy markets below management, the International Energy Agency (IEA) stated on Wednesday.

“The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs … transition‐related spending is gradually picking up, but remains far short of what is required to meet rising demand for energy services in a sustainable way,” the IEA stated.

“Clear signals and direction from policy makers are essential. If the road ahead is paved only with good intentions, then it will be a bumpy ride indeed,” it added.

The Paris-based watchdog launched its annual World Energy Outlook early this 12 months to information the United Nations COP26 climate change convention, now lower than a month away. learn extra

It referred to as the Glasgow, Scotland assembly the “first test of the readiness of countries to submit new and more ambitious commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement” and “an opportunity to provide an ‘unmistakeable signal’ that accelerates the transition to clean energy worldwide.”

In current weeks, energy costs surged to file ranges as oil and pure fuel costs hit multi-year highs and widespread energy shortages engulfed Asia, Europe and the United States. Fossil gas demand can be recovering as governments ease curbs to include the unfold of COVID-19. learn extra

The IEA warned that renewables like photo voltaic, wind and hydropower together with bioenergy want to type a far larger share within the rebound in energy investment after the pandemic.

Oil pure fuel and coal demand

Renewables will account for greater than two-thirds of investment in new energy capability this 12 months, the IEA famous, but a sizeable acquire in coal and oil use have prompted the second largest annual enhance in climate change-causing CO2 emissions.

The IEA stated a sooner energy transition will higher protect shoppers sooner or later, as a result of a commodity worth shock would drive up prices for households 30% much less in its most bold Net Zero Emissions by 2050 (NZE) situation versus in its extra conservative Stated Policies Scenario (STEPS).

CO2 emissions
CO2 emissions

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Still, the leap essential to make good on pledges within the 2015 Paris Agreement to cap the rise in temperatures to as shut as doable to 1.5 levels Celsius above pre-industrial instances stays huge.

Global median surface temperature rise
Global median floor temperature rise

Fossil fuels coal, pure fuel and oil made up practically 80% of world energy provide in 2020 and renewables simply 12%.

To hold that rise close to 1.5 levels, the IEA’s NZE prediction envisions these fossil fuels shrinking to slightly below 1 / 4 of the mid-century provide combine and renewables skyrocketing to simply over two-thirds.

If the world stays on its present observe outlined by STEPS situation, temperatures will soar 2.6 levels Celsius by 2100.

The IEA foresees a peak to oil demand in all its eventualities for the primary time, within the mid‐2030s within the STEPS forecast with a really gradual decline however within the NZE forecast plateauing inside a decade and dropping additional by practically three-quarters by 2050. learn extra

Doubling down on the company’s starkest warning but on the way forward for fossil fuels that it made in a May report, the IEA stated its NZE image envisioned decrease demand and an increase in low emissions fuels making new oil and fuel fields past 2021 pointless. learn extra

Emissions reductions by 2050
Emissions reductions by 2050

However, it did say new oil fields could be required in its two most conservative eventualities and offered recommendations on mitigating their climate impression like lowering methane flaring.

“Every data point showing the speed of change in energy can be countered by another showing the stubbornness of the status quo,” the IEA warned.

“Today’s energy system is not capable of meeting these challenges; a low emissions revolution is long overdue.”

Fossil fuel use by scenario
Fossil gas use by situation
Reporting by Noah Browning; Editing by David Gregorio

A worker inspects solar panels at a solar farm in Dunhuang, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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Power-generating windmill turbines are seen at the Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farm near Amsterdam, Netherlands September 26, 2017.   REUTERS/Yves Herman

A worker inspects solar panels at a solar farm in Dunhuang, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

CO2 emissions

Global median surface temperature rise

Emissions reductions by 2050

Fossil fuel use by scenario

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