Could the IEA become the IEEA?
The head of one of the world’s biggest consumer bodies the
International Energy Agency, the IEA for short, has ambitions to
add an extra E to his three-letter acronym.
The IEA was set up in the 1970s to defend consumer interests
in the face of the Arab oil embargo. It still spends much of its
energy thinking about oil, but more and more it is also thinking
about the environment.
“My job is not only energy,” said Nobuo Tanaka, executive
director of the agency set up in the 1970s.
“It should be the IEEA,” he said, adding an extra e for
He was obliged to burn up a few carbon credits to travel to
London for the Reuters Energy Summit, but he does his best to
keep his carbon footprint low by walking into work at the IEA’s
headquarters on the banks of the Seine in Paris.
“I live very near the office,” he said.
He will also be banging the environment drum at the next
month’s G8 summit in his home country of Japan.
“We are making another 25 recommendations to the G8 summit
meeting for energy efficiency,” he said.