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WEO 2009 Climate Change Excerpt

The World Energy Outlook 2009 Climate Change Excerpt was released on 6 October to coincide with key climate discussions this autumn, such as the UNFCCC meeting in Bangkok between 28 September and 9 October 2009 which is a fundamental session in the run-up to Copenhagen.

Following IEA discussions with national governments, the UNFCCC Secretariat and a number of key climate change experts, Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka has taken the decision to exceptionally release a special early excerpt of the World Energy Outlook 2009em> climate change analysis, and to make this available to all governments participating in the international climate change negotiations.

Negotiators had signalled their desire to be equipped with the WEO 2009 climate change analysis as early as possible, in order that a detailed understanding of the energy sector can be fully incorporated in the UNFCCC negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009. The urgent need for this early input also came through strongly at the WEO 2009 Climate Change Workshop, held on 15 April 2009 in Stockholm, and attended by senior representatives of OECD and non-OECD governments, as well as executives from industry and major international organisations.

The WEO excerpt sets out the latest energy trends and their impact on greenhouse-gas emissions, updated in light of the financial crisis, as well as detailing a pathway for the energy sector to achieve a transition to a low-carbon world – with a particular focus on the investments needed between today and 2020, a focal point for the international negotiations.

In a year that is so crucial for securing a new global deal to address climate change, the IEA is pleased to take this unprecedented step to ensure that all Parties participating in the negotiations have early access to the new IEA World Energy Outlook scenarios. Of course, they will also be able to look forward to the formal launch and publication of the World Energy Outlook 2009 on 10 November. The full text will contain substantially more climate change data and analysis, as well as important studies on natural gas market prospects and on the energy sector in Southeast Asia.

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