This report is the result of a collaborative effortbetween the nternational nergy gency (),its eber countries, and various consultantsand experts worldwide. Users of this report shallake their own independent business decisionsat their own risk and, in particular, withoutundue reliance on this report. Nothing in thisreport shall constitute professional advice, and norepresentation or warranty, express or iplied, isade in respect of the copleteness or accuracyof the contents of this report. The acceptsno liability whatsoever for any direct or indirectdaages resulting fro any use of this report or itscontents. wide range of experts reviewed drafts.However, the views expressed do not necessarilyrepresent the views or policy of the or itsindividual eber countries.
The is an autonoous body, which wasestablished in Noveber 1974 within the fraework of the rganisation for conoico-operation and Developent (D) toipleent an international energy prograe.The carries out a coprehensive prograeof energy co-operation aong 28 of the 30 Deber countries. The basic ais of the are:• To aintain and iprove systes for copingwith oil supply disruptions.• To proote rational energy policies in aglobal context through co-operative relationswith non-eber countries, industry andinternational organisations.• To operate a peranent inforation syste oninternational oil arkets.• To provide data on other aspects of international energy arkets.• To iprove the world’s energy supply anddeand structure by developing alternativeenergy sources and increasing the efficiency of energy use.• To proote international collaboration onenergy technology.• To assist in the integration of environentaland energy policies, including those relating tocliate change.The D is a unique foru where thegovernents of 30 countries work together toaddress the econoic, social and environentalchallenges of globalisation. The D is also atthe forefront of efforts to understand and helpgovernents respond to new developentsand concerns, such as corporate governance,the inforation econoy and the challengesof an ageing population. The D provides asetting where governents can copare policyexperiences, seek answers to coon probles,identify good practice and work to co-ordinatedoestic and international policies.