International Energy Agency (IEA)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond. Founded in 1974, the IEA's initial role was to help countries co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in oil supply through the release of emergency oil stocks to the markets. While this continues to be a key aspect of its work, the IEA has evolved and expanded. It is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, and now works closely with non-member countries to find solutions to shared energy and environmental concerns. It is one of the world's most authoritative sources for energy statistics, and produces annual studies on oil, natural gas, coal, electricity and renewables. The IEA also provides timely, unbiased research and analysis which focuses on:
- Energy security: Promoting diversity, efficiency and flexibility within all energy sectors.
- Economic development: Ensuring the stable supply of energy to IEA member countries and promoting free markets to foster economic growth and eliminate energy poverty.
- Environmental awareness: Enhancing international knowledge of options for tackling climate change.
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