The world is moving away from fossil fuels, while in Australia, it’s all systems go for coal and gas

The government seems determined to consign us into being an international pariah and bear the brunt of increasingly damaging climate impacts

The International Energy Agency has produced a groundbreaking report on how the world can meet the Paris agreement’s long-term temperature goal of limiting warming to 1.5C. In particular, it shows, from the IEA perspective, how the energy system can reach net zero by 2050.

It has two really important top line messages.

First, the path to get to net zero emissions by 2050 and to limit warming to 1.5C remains open, but, as we all know, the window is closing on this open unless action is rapidly ramped up.

Second, to get there, all new fossil fuel investments and infrastructure – oil, coal and gas – need to stop. Not next year, not in 2030, but today: 2021. And what is key here is that this statement doesn’t come from some activist organisation, but from the world’s leading – and very conservative – energy advisor. To those of us in the scientific and energy policy community working on these issues – and indeed to others paying attention – non