Europe’s ‘armed wing’ of the energy transition pivots to Asia

(EurActiv, 14 Feb 2024) The International Energy Agency (IEA) is looking to expand its tasks by turning to critical minerals, welcoming new members and boosting its focus on Asia with a new office in Singapore.

Founded in 1974 to secure Europe’s oil supplies, the IEA, based in Paris, has become a global authority and its annual World Energy Outlook is anticipated by analysts and policy experts alike.

“The IEA has become, so to speak, our armed wing for implementing the Paris Agreement,” said French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (13 February), adding that energy accounts for 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

For the fossil-fuel era IEA, turning 50 this year marks a turning point. Whilst full membership remains contingent on having national oil management strategies, the group is increasingly driving global understanding of what it calls “clean technologies” so as not to alienate nuclear power.

But there is more in stock for the experienced public officials at the agency.

“If we want to deserve our name, International Energy Agency, we have to work very closely with and embrace the countries from the emerging world,” said its chief, Fatih Birol.

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