The International Energy Agency Sees a Post-Coronavirus Renewable Future, Asia May Not
19. June 2020
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has laid out a compelling path on how governments can use the recovery from the novel coronavirus recession to switch to renewable energies and help meet global climate change goals. The trick is going to be getting Asian countries to follow the road map. The IEA outlined how countries could accelerate the deployment of low-carbon electricity such as solar and wind, increase the use of cleaner transport options and improve energy efficiency in the Sustainable Recovery report, published on Thursday. If the IEA’s plans were implemented, greenhouse gas emissions would be 4.5 billion tonnes lower in 2023 than they would have been, making 2019 the “definitive” peak year for global emissions, the report said. The key word in the above paragraph is “if” and the further into the report one delves, the more apparent it becomes that Asia is the key to any success.