The report was prepared by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in collaboration with the G20 Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group, and found that:

  • Deployment of clean energy technologies around the world is progressing rapidly
  • Implementation of energy efficiency policies is improving
  • Renewable energy technologies have seen significant growth rates in recent years (from 2005 to 2010, wind power grew at an average rate of 27 per cent per year, and solar PV at an average rate of 56 per cent)
  • Governments are beginning to set goals to support the development of advanced vehicle markets.

At the launch of its 2011 World Energy Outlook annual report, the IEA iterated that without bold policy changes, the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient and high-carbon energy system.

Maria van der Hoeven, IEA ExecutiveDirector, says that "Growth, prosperity and rising population will inevitably push up energy needs over the coming decades. But we cannot continue to rely on insecure and environmentally unsustainable uses of energy.”

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"Governments need to introduce stronger measures to drive investment in efficient and low-carbon technologies,” Ms van der Hoeven continued.