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The IEA says investments in clean energy will double compared to fossil fuels by 2024

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Investments in clean energy sources will double compared to fossil fuels by 2024, according to the International Energy Agency.

This will probably be the case worldwide exceed $3 trillion this yearAccording to the IEA, more than $2 trillion will go to clean energy. More than two-thirds of these green investments will be made by China, the US and Europe, while emerging markets account for only 15% of the total.

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More must be done to achieve climate targets

Sources: IEA, Al Jazeera

While the investment in clean energy is a positive step, the IEA warned that more is needed to achieve the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. The emphasis should be on developing economies, which currently lack “affordable, sustainable and secure energy,” said IEA chief Faith Birol. High financing costs – double those of advanced economies and China – have been a major barrier, but support from development finance institutions could help lower these and ultimately attract more private investment. Limited grid capacity and energy storage were also hurdles, keeping renewable energy targets trending.down”, said the director of a Greek think tank.

Governments called for an end to licensing fossil fuel projects

Sources: Science, United Nations

New investments in oil, gas and coal projects were not necessary because those currently planned or underway will provide enough energy to meet fossil fuel demand by 2050, a recent study found. The authors of the study, published in the journal Science, argued that governments should stop licensing new fossil fuel projects. Also UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for more action on climate changeurging countries to ban advertising from fossil fuel companies, and said G7 and G20 leaders should outline “ambitious climate plans.”

Collaboration between Big Oil and climate activists is crucial

Source: Bloomberg

Big oil companies and climate activists must work together, Bloomberg’s editorial staff wrote in the wake of a recent row involving Exxon Mobil and activists trying to push the company to take more serious action on climate change. Demonizing the fossil fuel industry is counterproductive, Bloomberg argued, especially because it won’t go away. Companies like Exxon must also take more meaningful action and set clear, concrete climate goals and timelines. “Winning the fight against climate change requires greater confidence in building bridges on both sides,” Bloomberg wrote.

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