Coal Use Criticized by IEA as Energy Leaders convene

The latest report of the International Energy Agency, called the Clean Energy Progress Report, warns that coal and gas support could make 2050 climate targets an impossibility.

The report shows that since 1990 renewable energy as a whole has grown 2.7% per year, but electrical generation as a whole has grown by 3%–with just almost 50 % of that coming from coal since the turn of the century. In 2009 renewables got $57 billion in government support, while fossil fuels received $312 billion. The report is urging governments to boost incentives for clean power.

Last Thursday government energy leaders from major consuming countries met in Abu Dabi. The IEA recommended legislators should phase out fossil fuel subsidies, promote biofuels and boost support for renewable energy, carbon capture and energy efficient buildings.

On a more positive note, the report does point to encouraging growth over the past decade in both solar power (10 countries now have sizeable domestic solar power markets) and wind power (a ten-fold growth in installation).

For more info, see the full report: iea.org/papers/2011/CEM_Progress_Report.pdf

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