26 November 2009, China Daily
Fatih Birol, IEA Chief Economist, says that demand for crude oil after 2010 may increase significantly and this may pose a risk to the global recovery.“In 2010, there are signs there will be a small green sign. After 2010, with the improvement in the global economy, we may see a very strong increase in oil demand, which may pose a risk for the global recovery,” Birol said presenting WEO 2009 in Warsaw.
24 November 2009, Trading Markets
Fatih Birol, IEA Chief Economist, speaking to an audience of the bankers and energy analysts at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, said that Chinas motivation in planning for greater nuclear power use, lower reliance on coal and use of cleaner transportation fuels is "energy security," not environmental improvement. But "as a co-benefit, it will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions."
23 November 2009, Dow Jones
According to a report produced in partnership by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the International Energy Agency (IEA), almost a quarter of the global population, or 1.5 billion people, lives without electricity, 80 percent of them in the least developed countries (LDCs) of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Fatih Birol, IEA Chief Economist said "The time has come to make hard choices needed to combat climate change and enhance global energy security, and at the same time we should not forget 1.5 billion people who have no access to electricity in the developing world".
23 November 2009, Xinhua News Agency
Oil prices would threaten a rebound in the global economy if they rise beyond current levels, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency said on Monday, speaking at the United Nations. "We would like to see oil prices not to go higher than these levels as it is a certain risk to economic recovery," Fatih Birol told.
23 November 2009, Reuters
In an interview with Polish’s Rzeczpospolita daily, Fatih Birol, IEA Chief Economist, said the demand for gas in the European Union may be 8-9 percent lower this year than last due because of the economic crisis. Demand for gas will be falling. This year in the European Union it will be even 8 to 9 percent lower than in the previous one, when we already felt effects of the crisis, Birol stated.
19 November 2009, The Copenhagen Post, Denmark
Presenting the WEO 2009 in Copenaghen, IEA highlights that if the world sets a goal to keep CO2 under 450 ppm it will prevent oil from rising over $147 per barrel again. That kind of guarantee is one that is good for the climate, economies and energy security. Controlling the worlds thirst for oil is in everyones interest, because, no matter what happens, the demand for oil in the coming years is going to increase. As IEA chief economist Fatih Birol put it: "the era of cheap oil is over".
16 November 2009, Financial Times
Reader Q&A with Dr Fatih Birol, IEA chief economist
12 November 2009, Forbes
Experts pick the 7 most powerful people in their fields: When he (Fatih Birol) says things like "the world would need to find the equivalent of four times the crude oil reserves now held by Saudi Arabia to maintain current production plus six Saudi Arabias if it is to keep up with the expected increase in demand between now and 2030," the world takes notice.
11 November 2009, Reuters India
The world faces a surge in energy costs, as well as in planet-warming carbon emissions, unless it can hurriedly agree a climate change deal, the International Energy Agency said yesterday at World Energy Outlook 2009 press conference. IEA’s Chief Economist Fatih Birol told "The world needs to go to the 450 part per million (ppm) target, not only because of climate change but because of growing problems within our energy system and its possible implications again on the economy."
11 November 2009, The Australian
Global crude demand may grow by just 4 million barrels a day from current levels to 89mbd by 2030 if a major agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions is signed and implemented by nations, the International Energy Agency said in its annual World Energy Outlook publication, released yesterday. Efficiency measures and alternative energy resources developed under a global climate change pact could cap future crude oil prices.