Founded in 1974, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is at the heart of global dialogue on energy. In its first ever in-depth analysis of air quality, the IEA’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) special report released recently identifies contributions the energy sector can make to curb poor air quality. Air pollution is a problem felt around the world, particularly by the poorest in society. No country is immune as 80% of cities that monitor pollution levels fail to meet the air quality standards set by the WHO. The IEA strategy for cleaner air requires the implementation of a number of proven policies. Actions to deliver access to clean cooking facilities to an additional 1.8 billion people by 2040 are essential to reducing household emissions in developing countries, while emission controls and fuel switching are crucial in the power sector, as is increasing energy efficiency in industry and emission standards that are strictly enforced for road transport. Overall, the extra impetus to the energy transition means that global energy demand is 13% lower in 2040 than otherwise expected and, of the energy that is combusted, three-For the fifth time, Chillventa will convert the exhibition halls in Nuremberg into an international meeting place for the world of refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps from October 11 to 13. The Chillventa Congress technical programme will take place one day before Chillventa, on October 10, and provide attendees with expertise. The event will focus on issues such as energy efficiency, eco design, quarters is subject to advanced pollution controls, compared with only around 45% today. The WEO special report highlights three key areas for government action:
1. Setting an ambitious long-term air quality goal, to which all stakeholders can subscribe and against which the efficacy of the various pollution mitigation options can be assessed.
2. Putting in place a package of clean air policies for the energy sector to achieve the long-term goal, drawing on a costeff ective mix of direct emissions controls, regulation and other measures, giving due weight to the co-benefi ts for other energy policy objectives.
3. Ensuring effective monitoring, enforcement, evaluation and communication: keeping a strategy on course requires reliable data, a continuous focus on compliance and on
policy improvement, and timely and transparent public information.
The complete report is available for free download on www.iea.org