Global ministers meet to discuss emission reductions

The IEA claims that if action is quick enough, energy use the level of China’s demand could be slashed

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Ministers from around the world have gathered in Denmark to discuss the urgent steps that need to be taken to cut energy use and keep the Paris Agreement alive.

Following analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which found that quicker action could cut energy use by the equivalent of China’s total demand, the ministers have congregated at IEA’s Energy Efficiency conference in Sønderborg.

More than 20 ministers from countries including the UK, Denmark, Senegal, Panama, Nigeria will be at the meeting – with the Ukrainian Energy Minister joining through a video call.

The quick implementation of measures that cut carbon emissions is the chief priority – with hope that the present nations can agree to work together on imports, exports and energy efficient projects.

Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, said: “The oil shocks of the 1970s set in motion major advances in efficiency, and it is utterly essential that efficiency is at the heart of the response to today’s global energy crisis.

“The leaders meeting at the IEA Global Conference on Energy Efficiency need to make this the moment when the world hits the accelerator on efficiency – or we may fail to respond to the current energy crisis properly and pay the price for years to come.”