World's energy 'as dirty now as 20 years ago', IEA says

Apr 17, 2013
Cooling towers at the coal-fired Scholven power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Progress towards the use of cleaner fuel technology has stalled, with production of the world's energy as "dirty" now as it was two decades ago, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

Progress towards the use of cleaner fuel technology has stalled, with production of the world's energy as "dirty" now as it was two decades ago, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

Two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy sector and the lack of change should "serve as a wake-up call", the IEA's executive director Maria van der Hoeven told a Ministerial meeting in New Delhi.

She warned that with increases in wind and solar energy being offset by increased coal use in countries such as China and India, the world needed to act fast "to avoid a potentially catastrophic warming of the planet".

"Despite much talk by world leaders and despite a boom in renewable energy over the last decade, the average unit of energy produced today is basically as dirty as it was 20 years ago," Van der Hoeven said.

"The drive to clean up the world's energy system has stalled."

Exhaust flows out of the tailpipe of a vehicle at "Mufflers 4 Less" in Miami, Florida. IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven says the world needs to act fast "to avoid a potentially catastrophic warming of the planet".

The Paris-based IEA has developed an Energy Sector Carbon Intensity Index, which indicates how much carbon dioxide is emitted on average to provide a given unit of energy, she said.

The index for the world's energy stood at 2.39 tonnes of carbon dioxide per tonne of oil equivalent in 1990 and had barely moved by 2010, holding at 2.37 per tonne of oil equivalent.

While there has been investment in new forms of clean energy, such as solar or , these benefits have been counter-balanced by the increasing use of carbon-intensive coal by rising economic powers such as China and India.

"Our analysis is stark reminder the world is not on track to realise the benefit of a low-carbon —to limit long-term temperature rises to two degrees centigrade," the IEA head said.

"We cannot afford another 20 years of listlessness," she said, calling for a rapid expansion in low-carbon energy technologies.

Clean fell to its lowest in four years in 2012, she said at the Clean Energy Ministerial which brought together 22 countries and the European Union that are responsible for 80 percent of global .

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Lurker2358
1.4 / 5 (9) Apr 17, 2013
She warned that with increases in wind and solar energy being offset by increased coal use in countries such as China and India, the world needed to act fast "to avoid a potentially catastrophic warming of the planet".


The more you increase regulations in Europe and the U.S., the more the economy of India and China will grow. Since they do not have as strong of regulations, they are more attractive to crony capitalists due to less costs. Then, again because of low regulations, the energy sector and factories produce more pollution once they are running.

Moves like hte carbon tax and cap and trade serve no purpose except to increase pollution as companies move their manufacturing base to India and China, where power plants are half as efficient and have no scrubbers.

Good job greenies, you destroyed the environment even faster with your radical leftist approach.
praos
2 / 5 (6) Apr 18, 2013
France almost eliminated emissions of CO2 in electricity generation in less than 15y by going nuclear. In 20y all that green scam eliminated exactly nothing, only making matters worse. Sapienti sat.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (6) Apr 18, 2013
In 20y all that green scam eliminated exactly nothing, only making matters worse. Sapienti sat.

And you base this statement on...what exactly?

Logic check:
The article states quite plainly that the problem is that ever more countries which are technologically not as advanced are starting to produce massive amounts of energy (in a very unregulated/dirty manner...e.g. China and India, but also Russia). So if other countries had NOT started to produce using eco-friendly means then the energy sector would not be "as dirty as 20 years ago" but even dirtier.
Pkunk_
1 / 5 (4) Apr 18, 2013
France almost eliminated emissions of CO2 in electricity generation in less than 15y by going nuclear. In 20y all that green scam eliminated exactly nothing, only making matters worse. Sapienti sat.

Exactly , if there is anything the French have done an awesome job , it is their enviable track record with nuclear energy. While there will always be small issues with any nuclear power framework , they have successfully run for decades more than 75% of their electricity generation from nuclear fission. In the process saving billions of tons in burnt coal,gas and oil.
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (9) Apr 20, 2013
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (4) Apr 20, 2013
Hawking: We Need to Leave Earth It's too dirty already...
Maggnus
5 / 5 (6) Apr 20, 2013
USDA report finds that only 8 % of farmers believe that climate change is due primarily to human causes


I'm a little confused as to the point of this link Zephyr. The same survey also says 41% believe it is either primarily human caused or a combination of human and natural causes and a full 66% agree that global warming is happening. So why did you link it?
Neinsense99
3.3 / 5 (7) Jun 13, 2013
http://www.soc.iastate.edu/staff/arbuckle/Arbuckle%20Farmer%20Perspectives2.pdf

By what magic, or special pleading, are farmers immune to the temptation of denial?