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Roads from Rio+20

Energy policies need to become more consistent

Energy policies address a large number of different targets, both for the short term and the long term. In order to meet long-term targets, it is important that they are also considered in short-term decisions.

Energy efficiency measures could contribute to multiple targets including those for climate, air pollution, and energy security. Removal of harmful subsidies is another example of areas from which multiple benefits could be obtained. In other cases, trade-offs between policy targets exist that have to be dealt with in a transparent way in relation to the long-term vision. Policy coherence would need to be discussed publicly and nationally. Furthermore, this would require a balance between 'private' and 'global public' aspects of the global energy system.

 table of share of different technology categories, trend versus alternative pathways 2000-2050