Report  |  Fatih Birol and the World Energy Outlook 2010  |  11 November 2010

‘What is needed is a clear signal for the energy sector to transform itself’

By Karel Beckman

‘Ringing the alarm bells’. That is how Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency, sums up the underlying message coming from the new 2010 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the annual flagship publication of the International Energy Agency (IEA) that was published on Tuesday. For the first time, Birol and his team calculated what would happen if the world’s governments continue to follow the weak climate change policies they are following now. The long-term result, according to the WEO, would be a 3.5 degrees rise in global temperatures. In short: disaster. ‘What is needed very badly’, says Birol, ‘is a clear signal for the energy sector to transform itself’. Birol, who does not drive a car ‘out of ideological reasons’, has started on a tour of European capitals with his team to present the results of the WEO. EER caught up with him on Wednesday in The Hague.

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