Top 25 Quotes of Fatih Birol

When I look at the many energy-using sectors – such as businesses, households, electricity generators, the transportation sector – I see that the business sector is the one which uses the energy efficiency potential the highest, because they know that using energy more efficiently will also reduce their costs.

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When a person from a community goes and buys a car, he or she should have the incentive, financial incentive, to buy a more efficient, more environment-friendly car. This shouldn’t be only left to the intention of the people. We cannot only rely on the ethics or the moral of the people.

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We should not only look at the short-term economic benefits of fossil fuels but also at the bad news for climate change. We should therefore not greet the fossil fuel age unconditionally.

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We should not cling to crude down to the last drop – we should leave oil before it leaves us.

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We have to use cars much more efficiently. We have to look at alternative technologies of cars such as biofuels or, even more importantly, electric cars.

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We are considered to be a watchdog, the IEA, and a watchdog fulfils its task only if it barks. So I bark when I think there is a need for barking.

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The golden era for coal is over.

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The energy sector presents exceptional opportunities for governments and investors.

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The developed, oil-consuming countries can do several things to ease the transition to the new energy order. One would be to boost vehicle efficiency.

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Tar sands are attractive, but like biofuels, they will never replace Middle East oil.

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Strong policies and innovation can make the difference for energy security, climate change, air quality, and universal access to modern energy services in parallel – in short, building a secure, affordable, sustainable energy system that is available to all.

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Renewables are critical in our fight against climate change.

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Renewable energy is no longer a niche fuel.

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Industry has to find a way. together with the governments, to find new modes, new modalities for transportation.

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India needs three things for its energy sector: investment, investment, and investment.

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I think, for OPEC, the main challenge is to have a price level which brings good profits to them, good incentives for the investments, but at the same time, to prevent prices going to very high levels.

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I think my biggest fear is having another global war which might have been a result of sharing the primary commodities in the world.

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I love football, and I love my work.

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I have refused to buy a car for the reasons of sustainability.

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I believe there should be some financial incentives to make the right choice: to make them to buy the right car or not to buy a car but using public transport systems. I believe that these financial incentives are important.

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I always thought that using more efficient energy sources, pushing the clean energy technologies such as renewable energies are important.

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Humanity’s future, to say nothing of its prosperity, will depend on how the world tackles two central energy challenges: securing reliable supplies of affordable energy and switching to efficient low-carbon energy.

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Governments have always played an important role in energy investment, but this role has been increasing due to both geography and technology.

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Fossil fuel subsidies are a hand brake as we drive along the road to a sustainable energy future.

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Energy is a linchpin of economic prosperity, with energy security, reliability, and affordability key preconditions for sustainable growth.

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