IEA urges all to improve on energy efficiency

13:21, October 15, 2009      

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Wednesday urged its members and other countries to improve energy efficiency.

The Paris-based agency made the appeal during a ministerial meeting held at the headquarters of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Jean-Yves Garnier, director of the IEA energy statistics office, expected the ministerial conference would send a clear message to the 28 member states.

The IEA's Scoreboard 2009 demonstrated that energy efficiency improved on average a yearly 1.9 percent between 1979 and 1990 but that improvement had fallen to only 1 percent in recent years.

IEA analysts fear that, since the 1980s oil price hike ended, many countries reduced their efforts on energy efficiency.

Established in 1974 after the oil crisis, the inter-governmental institution acts as a policy advisor to its 28 member countries but also works with many countries without its membership.

China, India and Russia were invited to attend the two-day Paris ministerial as observers.

The agency has recently focused on energy security, economic development and environmental protection, the so-called 3Es.

Source: Xinhua
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