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Energy Technology Perspectives 2014 - Electrification is the future

Starting from the premise that electricity will be an increasingly important vector in the energy systems of the future, Energy ‌Technology Perspectives 2014 (ETP 2014) takes a deep dive into what needs to be done to provide sustainable options for generation, distribution and end-use consumption. In addition to modelling the global outlook up to the year 2050 under different scenarios for around 500 technology options, ETP 2014 explores the possibility of “pushing the limits” in six key areas: 

 - Decarbonising energy supply: is solar the answer? 
 - The enabling role of natural gas: flexibility vs. base load 
 - Electrified transport: how quickly and far can we go? 
 - Energy storage as a game changer? 
 - Financing the transition to low-carbon electricity 
 - High efficiency power generation in India 

Since it was first published in 2006, ETP has evolved into a series that sets out pathways to a sustainable energy future in which optimal technology choices are driven by cost, energy security and environmental factors. 

The purchase of ETP 2014 will include extensive downloadable data, figures and visualisations.

Pre-order a discounted copy now on the IEA Bookshop

Transition to Sustainable Buildings

Buildings are the largest energy consuming sector in the world, and account for over one-third of total final energy consumption and an equally important source of carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions. Achieving significant energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector is a challenging but achievable policy goal.

Transition to Sustainable Buildings presents detailed scenarios and strategies to 2050, and demonstrates how to reach deep energy and emissions reduction through a combination of best available technologies and intelligent public policy.     

Visit the publication page for additional information.      

Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013

Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013 examines progress in the development and deployment of key clean energy technologies. Each technology and sector is tracked against interim 2020 targets in the IEA 2012 Energy Technology Perspectives 2°C scenario, which lays out pathways to a sustainable energy system in 2050.

Stark message emerge: progress has not been fast enough; large market failures and preventing clean energy solutions from being taken up; considerable energy efficiency remains untapped; policies need to better address the energy system as a whole; and energy-related research, development and demonstration need to accelerate.

Alongside these grim conclusions there is positive news. In 2012, hybrid-electric vehicle sales passed the 1 million mark. Solar photovoltaic systems were being installed at a record pace. The costs of most clean energy technologies fell more rapidly than anticipated.

TCEP 2013 provides targeted recommendations to policy makers on how to scale up deployment of these key technologies. 

For additional information and interactive data visualisations visit the Tracking Clean Energy Progress page

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First IEA regional technology study plots carbon-neutral Nordic energy system

Helsinki, 22 January 2013

Based on the scenarios and analysis of Energy Technology Perspectives 2012, the Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives assesses how the Nordic region can achieve a carbon-neutral energy system by 2050. The report from the project can be found here

This study marks the first regional edition of the Energy Technology Perspectives series since its inception in 2006. For the first time, Nordic governments can compare their national climate goals with the contribution required of them in the 2°C world described in Energy Technology Perspectives 2012. The analysis evaluates the region from an external perspective and points to the important role of the Nordic energy system in facilitating the decarbonisation of Europe.

Nordic Energy Research is an intergovernmental organisation supporting and coordinating sustainable energy research in the Nordic region.

After the success with the visualisation of interactive data and figures to highlight potential scenarios for the ETP 2012, the IEA now releases a similar visualisation, focused on the Nordic region.


Residents in the Nordic countries who would like a free hard copy of the report can order it from Nordic Energy Research.

Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 - how to secure a clean energy future

ETP 2012Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 (ETP2012) is the International Energy Agency’s most ambitious publication on new developments in energy technology. It demonstrates how technologies – from electric vehicles to smart grids – can make a decisive difference in achieving the objective of limiting the global temperature rise to 2°C and enhancing energy security.  

ETP2012 presents scenarios and strategies to 2050, with the aim of guiding decision makers on energy trends and what needs to be done to build a clean, secure and competitive energy future.

Executive Summary
  /  Table of Contents  /  Press release  / Listen to the webcast of ETP-2012 launch press conference (registration required) 

Executive Summary in other languages - Arabic / Chinese / French‌ / German / Italian / Korean / Japanese / Portuguese / Russian / Spanish /

You are welcome to use our slides but please make sure to reference them "IEA Energy Technology Perspectives 2012."

Download our complete ETP 2012 slide deck here or view on slideshare

Tapping technology’s potential to secure a clean energy future
Presentation to Press by Ms. Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director and Mr. Bo Diczfalusy, Director, June 11, 2012.

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ETP2012 shows:

- Current progress on clean energy deployment, and what can be done to accelerate it?
- How energy security and low carbon energy are linked?
- How energy systems will become more complex in the future? Why systems integration is beneficial and how it can be achieved?
- How demand for heating and cooling will evolve dramatically and which solutions will satisfy it?
- Why flexible electricity systems are increasingly important, and how a system with smarter grids, energy storage and flexible generation can work?
- Why hydrogen could play a big role in the energy system of the future?
- Why fossil fuels will not disappear but will see their roles change, and what it means for the energy system as a whole?
- What is needed to realise the potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS)?
- Whether available technologies can allow the world to have zero energy related emissions by 2075 – which seems a necessary condition for the world to meet the 2°C target?

Global scenarios to 2050 are the backbone of ETP, and the 2012 edition features detailed scenarios for nine world regions.