Jerusalem Post. Global carbon dioxide emissions cannot be cut in half by 2050, according to Dr. Robert Dixon, Head of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Technology Policy Division.
Dixon made the remarks during a roundtable discussion on “Energy Challenges for the 21st Century” hosted by the Lauder School of Government at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC Herzliya) in Israel.
“We can’t cut our emissions in half by 2050. The best we can do is stabilize them to current levels... The IEA is a repository for a lot of data, and so we have a lot of interesting models. The numbers just don’t fit the declarations,” he said.
Regarding future tasks, decarbonizing transport will be among the hardest problems. Planes, trains and automobiles will take a long time to control. Conversely, the energy industry can decarbonize by 2050, Dixon believes.
Prior to his joining the IEA in 2005, Dixon served as an energy and environment advisor to the current Bush Administration, splitting his time between the National Security Council and the Council on Environmental Policy.