The formal collaboration between IEA and UNFCCC stems from recent IEA analysis indicating that current energy policies are likely to result in a global average temperature increases well above the 2 degree Celsius limit required to prevent dangerous climate change.
26 September 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce mutual efforts to promote clean energy and combat climate change.
This formal collaboration stems from recent IEA analyses indicating that current energy policies are likely to result in a global average temperature increase well above the 2 degree Celsius limit required to prevent dangerous climate change. Noting that not enough is being done to tackle the global challenge of climate change, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the IEA said “This collaboration will lead to improved dissemination of data and analysis, which will be key for clean energy policy makers throughout the world.” Building on work already undertaken by the organizations, the IEA and UNFCCC plan to combine their technical expertise on energy data, clean energy-related polices and measures, and technology in a way that more efficiently informs the work and missions of climate-related institutions and mechanisms. [IEA Press release]