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The IEA wants to make their data available to the public – now it is on governments of the world’s rich countries to make this happen

Now we have just heard about a major step forward. The IEA has joined our side; it is now on the IEA member countries – most of the world’s rich count

Now we have just heard about a major step forward. The IEA has joined our side; it is now on the IEA member countries – most of the world’s rich countries – to make the data available to the public.  

The IEA has just announced that it aims to make all of its data and analysis freely available and open-access. This was put forward by the IEA’s executive director, Fatih Birol, and has been approved by its governing board already. 

There is one step left. Next month – on February 2nd and 3rd – the IEA will ask for approval from its member countries. That means it is on the governments of the world’s rich countries to make this happen. If they do not approve it, it would be a missed opportunity to accelerate our action on addressing climate change. 

This would be a massive achievement. The benefits of closing the small funding gap that remains greatly outweigh the costs.

There is now large support for the IEA data to be freely available – from researchers to journalists; policymakers to innovators. Many have called for the IEA data to be public.  Many thanks to everyone who has joined in pushing this forwards – below we share the links to several articles, petitions, and open letters that have made this possible.

Open letter to the International Energy Agency and its member countries: please remove paywalls from global energy data and add appropriate open licenses – by Robbie Morrison, Malte Schaefer and the OpenMod community

Energy watchdog urged to give free access to government data – Jillian Ambrose, in The Guardian

Opening up energy data is critical to battling climate change – Christa Hasenkopf, in Devex

Open petition letter: Free IEA Data – A site by Skander Garroum and Christoph Proeschel on which you can write a letter to your country’s government.

Many others have written to their governments to ask them to make the IEA’s data available. Many have engaged on social media. And the most important work was surely done behind closed doors – by public servants, by ministers, and most importantly by those people within the IEA who want their careful work to be available to all. Huge thanks to all of you!

We are very close to pushing this over the line. It is on the governments of the world’s richest to take the final step and make the world’s energy data available to the world.