IEA Climate Change Goals Put Spotlight On Mideast Subsidies

The IEA says global energy-related emissions can peak by 2020. It will present its plan at December’s Paris UN climate change conference. Middle East countries will come under pressure to boost renewables, and cut subsidies.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) launched a World Energy Outlook special report on Energy and Climate Change in London on 15 June. In it, it lays out a plan that would see global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions peak as early as 2020. The plan includes a significant contribution from Middle East governments, who face a unique array of energy-related issues.

The IEA sees this 2020 emissions peak as critical in meeting the widely-accepted global target of reducing the global temperature rise to 2°C. The new plan will be presented to the 21st UN Conference of the Parties (COP21 – the latest global climate change conference) in Paris in December.


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