Under the “Tracker” label, we highlight articles that discuss the world’s progress towards a sustainable society. This week we pick out an article from The Guardian discussing a preliminary analysis of the International Energy Agency. This analysis shows that for the second year in a row emissions in the global energy sector are on the rise. Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, points to the global economy driving coal, oil and gas use to explain this increase. “Energy efficiency improvements and renewables are not good enough to reverse that,” he says. Addressing climate change will require actively phasing out fossil fuels.
Energy sector emissions to grow for second year running