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World Energy Outlook 2020

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The World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s flagship publication, provides a comprehensive view of how the global energy system could develop in the coming decades.

This year’s exceptional circumstances require an exceptional approach. The usual long-term modelling horizons are kept but the focus for this new Outlook is firmly on the next ten years, exploring in detail the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the energy sector and the near-term actions that could accelerate clean energy transitions.

The analysis targets the key uncertainties facing the energy sector in relation to the duration of the pandemic and its implications, while mapping out the choices that would pave the way towards a sustainable recovery.

The strategic insights from the WEO-2020 are based on detailed modelling of different potential pathways out of the crisis, covering all regions, fuels and technologies and using the latest data on energy markets, policies and costs.

Please note that your use of the report and data is subject to the IEA Terms and conditions.

In particular, you would need to enter into a separate Licence Agreement with the IEA and pay an additional fee if you wish to use the IEA’s data, including scenario data, in any type of modelling for the purpose of creating derived data or derived products, and any services to distribute or display such derived products.

(For example, you require a separate Licence Agreement to create metrics, alignment pathways, decarbonisation pathways and/or temperature scores at sector and/or company level in order to calculate and/or assess the climate compliance of investment portfolios and investment assets.) If you intend to have such usage, please contact [email protected]

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Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050

Several countries have introduced targets to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. These targets are included and achieved in the Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS), but increasingly attention is turning to what it would mean for the energy sector globally to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. This is examined in a new case in this Outlook, called Net Zero Emissions by 2050 (NZE2050).

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