The IEA's World Energy Outlook 2014: What are the implications for the EU's 2030 Climate and Energy Framework

  • Dinner debate in Brussels
Main speaker: 
  • Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency 

Intervention by:

  • Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for Energy Policy at DG ENER, European Commission


The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) is now the world’s most authoritative source of energy market analysis and projections, providing critical analytical insights into trends in energy demand and supply and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. The WEO 2014 was issued last November and, among the sectors covered, pays special attention to nuclear energy, its challenges and opportunities around the world.

In a follow-up report, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries-European Union 2014”, the IEA recommends that the EU should complement its ETS with policies to attract “critical investment” in low- emissions technologies - including renewables, nuclear and CCS - “through sector specific measures to enhance innovation and address non-economic barriers”.

Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the IEA, will provide an overview of the WEO 2014 and then discuss the Agency’s recommendations for EU energy policies.

Ms. Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director - Energy Policy, DG Energy, European Commission, will follow with commentary remarks now that the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework is in development following the October European Council.

The above elements should lead into an intense and fruitful debate.