World Energy Outlook 2006

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This 2006 edition of IEA's annual World Energy Outlook presents two visions of the energy future.  Will it be under-invested, vulnerable and dirty, or clean, clever and competitive?  This edition of WEO responds to the remit of the G8 world leaders by mapping a new energy future, contrasting it with where we are now headed. WEO 2006 shows how to change course. It counts the costs and benefits - and the benefits win.

World Energy Outlook 2006 also answers these questions:

  • Is the economic reaction to high energy prices merely delayed?
  • Is oil and gas investment on track?
  • Are the conditions shaping up for a nuclear energy revival?
  • Can biofuels erode the oil  monopoly in road transport?
  • Can 2.5 billion people in developing countries switch to modern energy for cooking?
  • Is Brazil learning new lessons or teaching the world?

With extensive statistics, detailed projections, analysis and advice, WEO 2006 equips policy-makers and the public to re-make the energy future. 



The Outlook for Biofuels

International Energy Agency

Interest in biofuels – transport fuels derived from biomass – is soaring for energy-security, economic and environmental reasons. Biofuels hold out the prospect of replacing some imported oil by indigenously produced fuels and of diversifying sources. They can also help curb greenhouse-gas emissions, depending on how they are produced, and contribute to rural development. Higher oil prices have made biofuels more competitive with conventional oil-based fuels, but further cost reductions are needed for most biofuels to be able to compete effectively without subsidy.


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