The quote is from Maria van der Hoeven, the IEA’s executive director.
The IEA (International Energy Agency), not known for its raging eco-fundamentalist tendencies, has issued its latest report on CEM (Clean Energy Ministerial – Jesus, who thinks up these names?), “Tracking Clean Energy Progress – 2013”.
The 22 countries that participate in the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) share a strong interest in the development and deployment of clean energy technologies. As these same countries represent more than 75% of global energy consumption, 80% of global CO2 emissions and 75% of global GDP, they have the power to drive the transition to a cleaner energy system and, since CEM first convened in 2010, have taken steps toward this challenging goal. So how much progress has been made thus far?
Key findings are:
- Renewable energy and emerging country efforts are lights in the dark as progress on clean energy remains far below a 2°C pathway.
- The global energy supply is not getting cleaner, despite efforts to advance clean energy.
- A window of opportunity is opening in transport.
- More effort needed in industry, buildings and systems integration.
- Public investments in energy RD&D must at least triple, as the energy share of research budgets remains low.
- Poor quality and availability of data are still serious constraints in tracking and assessing progress.
In other words, collectively we need to ex-fucking-digitate!