IEA Report: we’re making some progress on climate change but not nearly enough

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report this month that presents us with a harsh reality: current policies are not enough to protect us from climate change and reach the climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.

Despite some progress in expanding renewable energy sources like wind and solar, we still aren’t doing enough to reduce our fossil fuel use and increase energy efficiency, which we must do to avert climate disaster.

If we don’t take drastic action, the IEA estimates that carbon emissions will continue to grow by 100m tonnes a year for the next 20 years. While this rate would be two-thirds slower than increases in previous decades, it would fall far short of what we need to do to reach our global Paris Agreement goals.  

“We think that governments’ current plans could bring us to a catastrophic implications for the climate of this planet […] We will need to see great political will around the world.” — IEA Executive Director

In short, the action isn’t matching the rhetoric, and that’s where SEEC comes in.This is why SEEC exists–to be a constant advocate in Congress for climate action and to push climate policies wherever we can. Earlier this month SEEC recruited 166 members of Congress to demand the passage of clean energy tax policies this year, and there are more initiatives like this in the works. 

As IEA Director Fatih Birol said, we need to see the great political will to get the change we need, and that will come from you and citizens around the world who demand it and support it. Help support our efforts to ensure we take action on climate change in Congress everywhere we can.