Global Energy Assessment

Presented by the International
Institute for Applied

Analysis and the UN Foundation


This event provided an update on the
Global Energy Assessment (GEA),

and included presentations by lead

Ged Davis, GEA Co-President, said
that energy policy is not limited to

climate change considerations, and
noted that the GEA will serve as a

reference in the alignment of a
number of energy priorities. Timothy Wirth,

United Nations Foundation,
emphasized the need to make the GEA

globally relevant, and noted that
the issues of energy and climate are

intimately linked.


Thomas Johansson, Lund University, Sweden,
outlined new challenges

that he believes must be addressed
simultaneously, including: peak oil

production; energy affordability,
equity, and security; and climate change

mitigation. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Vienna Technical University, Austria,

noted that the GEA will build on
existing energy studies, and said that it

involves 25 lead authors and donors
from the public and private sectors.

He said that the cost of
transitioning to a low-carbon economy could be

reduced by research and development.


Diana Urge Vorsatz, Central European University,
stressed the need

to address energy efficiency, most
notably in the construction of new

buildings. She highlighted potential
co-benefits, and the “energy inertia