Your letter will be delivered to IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol & IEA Governing Board Members.
Dear IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol & IEA Governing Board Members:
All IEA member governments have signed the Paris Agreement which strives to limit warming to 1.5˚C. Yet the IEA continues to promote fossil fuel development, which is at odds with what the best available science says is necessary. We need to immediately begin a managed decline of the fossil fuel industry.
The IEA’s World Energy Outlook is used as a guidepost for energy decisions all over the world, but it does not present a pathway to achieving this goal. By focusing on business-as-usual and omitting a robust pathway to 1.5˚C, the IEA is providing cover for dangerous investment in fossil fuels and steering the world towards climate breakdown.
To make matters worse, the IEA has been actively courting the participation of the fossil fuel industry in tackling the climate crisis. We have decades of evidence that the oil, gas, and coal industry are not interested in managing the decline of their own industry and have repeatedly blocked attempts at phasing out fossil fuels. Including the fossil fuel industry "at the table" risks another decade of inaction, which we cannot afford.
The IEA needs to develop an energy scenario that shows the world how we can limit warming to 1.5˚C and put it front and center in the World Energy Outlook. Making excuses for more fossil fuels like gas, or punting the costs and risks of reducing pollution to our kids doesn’t cut it. We do not have time to waste. Organizations like the IEA must lead or get out of the way.