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IEA report: world's leading energy adviser was founded to protect oil supplies – now it wants to ban new fossil fuels

By Volker Roeben, Professor of Energy Law and Global Regulation, University of Dundee
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Established in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis, the International Energy Agency (IEA) was created to maintain the stability of the international oil supply. As an independent adviser to many governments on energy policy, the IEA has the authority to make member states release reserve oil stocks to stabilise prices. The agency has used that power on three occasions, most recently in response to the disruption to oil production in the US gulf caused by Hurricane Katrina.

In a recent report, the IEA modelled how…


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