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IEA: Most Clean Energy Technologies Falling Short Of Climate Goals

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Most clean-energy technologies are not on track to meet the world’s long-term climate goals, make energy universally accessible, and significantly lower air pollution, with just 4 out of 38 techs on track to do this, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report published on Wednesday.

Last year, only solar photovoltaic (PV) in the power sector; lighting and data centers & networks in the buildings sector; and electric vehicles in the transport sector were on track, according to the IEA’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress—an assessment of energy technologies and sectors that are critical in a global clean-energy transition. The technologies were measured against the IEA’s Sustainable Development Scenario, a pathway to reach the Paris Agreement’s well-below 2°C climate goal, deliver universal energy access, and significantly lower air pollution.

“Some technologies have made tremendous progress in 2017 – particularly solar PV, LEDs and EVs – but most are not on track,” the agency said in its progress report.

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