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Opinion: IEA head: The world isn't moving fast enough on clean energy

February 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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02 December 2020, Brandenburg, J??nschwalde: Behind a lake, steam rises from the cooling towers of the J??nschwalde lignite-fired power plant of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG). The lignite is mined in the nearby J??nschwalde opencast mine. The lignite-fired power plant is scheduled to go off the grid by the end of 2028. Block A is to be shut down as early as 2025. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB (Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images)

It's true that solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars, lithium-ion batteries and other trail-blazing clean energy technologies have made it possible for us to seriously envision a net-zero world. But we won't be able to get there by 2050 without giant leaps in innovation in a range of other clean technologies.

Our recent analysis at the International Energy Agency shows that almost half of the emissions reductions needed to reach net zero by 2050 may need to come from technologies that haven't reached the market today.

It's true that solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars, lithium-ion batteries and other trail-blazing clean energy technologies have made it possible for us to seriously envision a net-zero world.

In the United States, President Biden has signaled a commitment to spurring the kinds of major technological leaps in clean energy that we will need to make these transformational changes cheaper and smoother.

This is a strategic opportunity for countries to ensure that their economies come out of today's crisis stronger and with the right industrial bases to supply growing markets in a world that is moving toward a clean energy future.

The lion's share of inventors, entrepreneurs and investors are in the private sector, which will be crucial for achieving the technological transformation that will get the world to net zero.

To help show the way ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in the United Kingdom in November, we will in May publish the world's first comprehensive roadmap for the global energy sector — spanning power, transport, industry and buildings — to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Today, I'm confident that the world is entering a new age of historic progress in clean energy innovation and technology.

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