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World Energy Outlook

Opinion Leaders on WEO-2014

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) latest annual report, the 2014 World Energy Outlook, highlights the need for a comprehensive and ambitious agreement at the climate negotiations in Paris in 2015. In a presentation of the report IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven and Chief Economist Fatih Birol warned that without a clear direction from Paris in 2015, the world is set for warming well beyond the 2°C limit and that far-sighted government policies are essential to steer the global energy system on to a safer course.

Christiana Figueres ‏@CFigueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 12 November 2014

“The Africa Energy Outlook highlights the challenges to unlocking Africa’s energy potential. But it also shines a light on the tremendous opportunities that Africa offers - Opportunities to increase energy security, improve business environments, provide greater governance and protect human rights. It will also support the fight against climate change. As we know, no single country can achieve all this alone. But the IEA report has a vital contribution to make in helping to inform and focus international efforts, as, together, we seek solutions to the global challenges of our day.”

Baroness Anelay, Minister of State with responsibility for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom, 23 October 2014  

“I believe that the Africa Energy Outlook report is very comprehensive and it explores in great detail the current state of energy development in Africa and the persistent challenges the continent is still facing including shortage of infrastructure, inefficient energy systems, high costs of power generation, amongst others. We at the African Union Commission (AUC) believe that the Africa Energy Outlook serves as a strategic platform for Africa to review and position its current and future energy development plans to achieve modern energy access for all Africans…I would like to stress the significance of this Report and also commend the excellent works of the IEA, which has always served as a global reference on energy data and information.”

Comments of Her Excellency the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim‌, 13-14 October 2014.

“Today the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched its first ever Africa Energy Outlook. It represents ground-breaking work in examining the reality and challenges of energy and development in sub-Saharan Africa, and highlights the need for strengthening governance and energy infrastructure.

Like the authors of this report, I believe that no country can expect to enjoy sustained or sustainable economic growth without reliable access to energy. Energy is needed to support sustainable agriculture, to provide access to clean water, a decent education and basic health care. It creates new job opportunities and contributes to poverty eradication. ”

Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, 13 October 2014 

“The IEA’s Africa Energy Outlook is required reading for anyone with an interest in Africa's development. It rightly highlights the expansion of the power sector as being critical to sub-Saharan
Africa’s future prosperity and emphasizes the urgent need to boost levels of investment and strengthen governance standards.

Decision makers across Africa need to think seriously about how they can increase power sector investment to the levels that IEA suggests and more! Following IEA's African Century Case would bring power to an additional 230 million people, which is consistent with Power Africa's goal of doubling access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. These goals and the paths to getting there are simply too important to ignore.”

“The IEA’s report provides increasing evidence that President Obama’s Power Africa initiative is essential to boosting the continent’s economic growth, reducing poverty and increasing
energy security.”

Coordinator of the US Power Africa and Trade Africa Initiatives, Andrew Herscowitz USAID

The African Development Bank (AfDB) welcomes the launch of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook Special Report “Africa Energy Outlook” and is pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to the study. The report highlights several well-known challenges and also provides a unique long-term perspective which takes into account recent successes and opportunities such as South Africa’s landmark renewable energy procurement programme and the fact that in the last five years nearly 30% of the world’s oil and gas discoveries were in sub-Saharan Africa. The AfDB is at the forefront of efforts to bridge Africa’s energy gap and hopes that the study will catalyze further interest in the sector and looks forward to working with the IEA and other partners to realize the renaissance in Africa’s energy sector.

Alex Rugamba, Director, Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, African Development Bank The African Development Bank

The Ministers affirmed the importance of sharing medium-to-long term outlooks for energy supply and demand across the EAS region, taking into consideration the region's growing energy demand, the probably implications of natural disasters and extreme weather on energy infrastructure, and the importance of maintaining and developing such infrastructure.  The Ministers welcomed the Special Report on "World Energy Investment Outlook," published in conjunction with the IEA' s 2014 edition of the World Energy Outlook and the ERIA' s studies on East Asia Energy Outlook and Energy Market Integration in East Asia Region.

First, it’s worth clarifying that the International Energy Agency is no den of Greenpeace radicals; the U.S. and other advanced capitalist countries established the organization in the wake of the OPEC oil embargo in 1973. The IEA’s analyses of global energy trends and technologies have been relied upon by government finance ministries, corporate planners, and academic specialists throughout the world for decades. The two-thirds imperative was enunciated in the 2012 edition of the IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook : “No more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2 degrees C goal, unless carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is widely deployed. This finding is based on our assessment of global ‘carbon reserves,’ measured as the potential CO2 emissions from proven fossil fuel reserves.”

Barack Obama, Bloomberg Businessweek, 26 June 2014

"The current IEA report should be a wake-up call for all. He confirmed for Europe, which dena says Germany for a long time : We endanger the security of electricity supply if we do not invest heavily in new conventional power plants. The need for investment very quickly for Southern Germany, as it is not to expect a rapid network expansion. And to make it possible for these investments, we need more attractive framework, so-called capacity markets. 

Stephan Kohler, Chief Executive of the German Energy Agency (dena), 4 June 2014

"First of all I would like to welcome and thank the International Energy Agency, and in particular Fatih Birol, for his presence in Rome to present the World Energy Outlook 2013, which represents the most authoritative source for the global energy sector."

H.E. Mr Flavio Zanonato – Italy’s Minister of Economic Development