IEA Responds to the Climate Crisis

The International Energy Agency was formed out of the oil crisis of 1973 as a fossil-energy consumers union for developed countries. Because of its origins, the IEA has not historically been a strong supporter of renewable energy. But that is changing as a new crisis emerges: climate change.

In this podcast, we’ll look at how the IEA is changing in order to meet the challenges of a carbon-constrained world.

Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the IEA talks to us about the need to encourage member countries to reduce energy consumption and promote renewables. He’ll also discuss the importance of the newly-emerging International Renewable Energy Agency.

Also, Michael Liebreich, CEO of New Energy Finance describes what the IEA’s attitude shift says about the “mainstreaming” of clean energy. He’ll also talk about why he doesn’t believe that feed-in tariffs are the best promotion policy for renewables.

Inside Renewable Energy is a weekly audio news program featuring stories and interviews on all the latest developments in the renewable energy industries.

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I am a reporter with ClimateProgress.org, a blog published by the Center for American Progress. I am former editor and producer for RenewableEnergyWorld.com, where I contributed stories and hosted the Inside Renewable Energy Podcast. Keep in touch through twitter! My profile name is: Stphn_Lacey

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