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IEA Chief Sees ‘Disturbing’ Signal for Climate Target

  • International Energy Agency sees efficiency slowing in 2020
  • Efficiency could drive over 40% of emissions reduction to 2040
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Global efforts to reduce wasted energy have faced a major setback in 2020, sidelining a relatively simple way of slashing emissions and hitting climate goals.

That’s the conclusion from an International Energy Agency report, which recorded the weakest improvement in efficiency since 2010, as investments into technologies that can cut emissions have slowed amid the economic turmoil brought on by the pandemic.