The WEO series from the International Energy Agency, a sister organisation of the OECD, helps policymakers prepare for the energy challenges of the future. In even years, the IEA publishes its flagship World Energy Outlook, a global and regional energy forecast that looks ahead 20-30 years. The 2002 edition will be released in Osaka, Japan at the Ministerial meeting of the Consumer-Producer Dialogue (International Energy Forum) in September.
In odd years, the IEA publishes the WEO Insights series, each with a special focus: in 1999 it was on subsidies, in 2001 on supply questions. WEO 2001 Insights: Assessing Today’s Supplies to Fuel Tomorrow’s Growth identifies and analyses the factors that will determine global energy production and supply in the medium to long term. These include the costs of developing resources and taking them to market, energy prices and government policies. It pays particular attention to topics such as energy security, investment and the role of governments in energy and environmental issues. The book considers all forms of energy, from biomass to nuclear fuel – no one energy source is recommended over another.
• World Energy Outlook 2001, IEA.
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