Global Energy Group Asks Citizens To Sacrifice Amid Worldwide Crisis

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a 10-point plan Friday to reduce global reliance on fossil fuels amid an historic worldwide oil supply crunch.

The IEA’s plan laid out a series of “practical actions by governments and citizens in advanced economies” that could be taken to lower the global reliance on crude oil reserves from hostile regimes. Russia’s grip on the global energy marketplace — the nation is the world’s largest exporter of natural gas and second-largest exporter of crude oil and condensates, according to U.S. data — has come into focus after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to invade Ukraine.

“We can also take action on demand to avoid the risk of a crippling oil crunch,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said during a news conference Friday. “Our 10-Point Plan shows this can be done through measures that have already been tested and proven in multiple countries.”

Among the suggestions, the IEA plan called for lower speed limits, more remote work, not using cars on Sundays in cities and avoiding business air travel. Mandating three days of remote work would save 500,000 barrels of oil per day. (RELATED: Biden Administration Resumes Some Oil, Gas Leasing After Favorable Court Ruling)

International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol addresses the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on Nov. 4, 2021. (Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty Images)

International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol addresses the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on Nov. 4, 2021. (Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty Images)

The Paris-based energy group, an influential global organization that advocates for renewable energy alternatives, also doubled down on the need for electric vehicles and expansion of rail options.

Barbara Pompili, France’s minister for the ecological transition, said the plan offered interesting ideas that will help “reduce our dependence on oil” during remarks of her own at the press conference with Birol.

The IEA added that many measures included in the plan could be voluntarily followed by people around the world in solidarity with Ukraine.

“Several of the measures can be implemented directly by other layers of government – such as state, regional or local – or just voluntarily followed by citizens and corporates, enabling them to save money while showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” the IEA said.

Global consumption of oil is expected to surpass 100 million barrels per day in 2022 and reach nearly 103 million barrels per day in 2023, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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