IEA World Energy Outlook 2016 Special Report on Energy and Air Pollution

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BIEE in association with the Grantham Institute, Imperial  College will host the first public presentation in Europe of the IEA’s Special Report on Energy and Air Quality  following the report’s global release on June 27th. This is an opportunity to hear first hand from the IEA about their new analysis of  energy and air quality  and to question them directly about specific aspects of the report.

World Energy Outlook 2016 Special Report on Energy and Air Pollution

Energy-related air pollution leads to millions of premature deaths and costs the global economy trillions of dollars each year. As the world’s population grows and demand for energy services swells, the already high costs of air pollution are at risk of increasing dramatically. This groundbreaking special report launched ahead of the full World Energy Outlook 2016 provides new analysis to help decision makers evaluate different policy paths and to provide clear recommendations for future action.

  • Around 6.5 million premature deaths each year can be attributed to air pollution
  • Energy production and use are by far the largest man-made sources of air pollutants
  • Technologies to tackle air pollution are well known.

Clean air is an imperative for good health, but despite growing attention to this issue the problem is far from solved, and the health impacts risk getting worse in the decades to come.

The scale of this public health crisis and the importance of the energy sector to its resolution explain why this IEA special report, the latest in the World Energy Outlook series, is devoted to the links between energy and air pollution.

Based on new data for pollutant emissions in 2015, it provides a global outlook as well as detailed profiles for key countries and regions: the United States, Mexico, the European Union, China, India, Southeast Asia and Africa.

In a Clean Air Scenario, it proposes a pragmatic strategy to reconcile the world’s energy requirements with its need for cleaner air. Alongside the multiple benefits to human health, this strategy demonstrates that resolving the world’s air pollution problem can go hand-in-hand with progress towards other environmental and development goals.


Photo Laura Cozzi -150x145Laura Cozzi, Head of Demand Outlook Division, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the IEA (International Energy Agency)

Laura Cozzi is in charge of the quantitative analysis and modelling of the IEA flagship publication World Energy Outlook and has been co-author of sixteen editions of the World Energy Outlook as well as leading the WEO special reports on energy and climate, investment and Africa.Ms. Cozzi has also been leading the World Energy Outlook analysis on climate change and the environment, energy demand and energy efficiency for over a decade. Prior to joining the IEA in 1999, Ms. Cozzi worked for the Italian oil company ENI S.p.A. She has a Master Degree in Environmental Engineering (from Polytechnic Milan) and a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Economics (from Eni Corporate University).



The meeting is being co- hosted by Grantham Research Institute, Imperial College,  and will take place in the Pippard Lecture Theatre  Level 5 Sherfield Building  on the Imperial College  main campus. For location and directions please see Grantham Institute Directions – Pippard

The meeting will run from 17.00 – 18.00 and will be followed by a drinks reception.

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