Analysing our energy future - Some pointers for policy-makers

Apr 2007

Policy-makers increasingly rely on prospective studies to support their efforts to set policy goals and identify the most appropriate measures to achieve them. The United Nations Environment Programme and the International Energy Agency advocate this approach and over the years have contributed, each in its own domain, a range of scenario studies.
The report focuses on the World Energy Outlook’s Alternative Policy and Beyond the Alternative Policy Scenarios – a deliberate choice aimed to spur action by underscoring the impacts on the future of the policy decisions made today. It is written in non-technical language to make it accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
One important conclusion of this report is that the major challenges facing the global energy system today are interlinked – both financially, through global energy and capital systems, and politically, in future agreements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Dealing with these challenges requires both a comprehensive approach and coordinated action.

By: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Energy Agency (IEA)

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