Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 - Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems
To be released on 31 May 2016
Cities drive economic growth but can also drive sustainable change. As the share of the world’s population living in cities rises, ambitious action in urban areas can be instrumental in achieving long‑term sustainability of the global energy system – including the carbon emission reductions required to meet the climate goals reached at COP21 in Paris. Support from national governments is a strategic prerequisite for leveraging the potential for sustainable energy technology and policy in cities that too often lies untapped.
With global energy demand set to become even greater over the coming decades, Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 (ETP 2016) looks at the technology and policy opportunities available for accelerating the transition to sustainable urban energy systems. Such potential could be the key to successfully driving an energy transition that many still think impossible, provided that local and national actions can be aligned to meet the sustainability objectives at both levels. Indeed, policies still have a long way to go in this regard: ETP 2016 presents the annual IEA Tracking Clean Energy Progress report, which finds once again that despite some notable progress, the rate of needed improvements is far slower than required to meet energy sector sustainability goals.
By setting out sustainable energy transition pathways that incorporate detailed and transparent quantitative analysis alongside well-rounded commentary, ETP 2016 and its series of related publications have become required reading not only for experts in the energy field, policy makers and heads of governments, but also for business leaders and investors.
ETP 2016 purchase includes extensive downloadable data, figures and visualisations.
Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 - Mobilising Innovation to Accelerate Climate Action
As climate negotiators continue to work towards a deal that would limit the increase in global temperatures enough to hold global warming below 2 degrees C, interest keeps growing in the essential role technology innovation can and must play in enabling the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Indeed, recent success stories clearly indicate that there is significant and untapped potential for accelerating innovation in clean technologies if proper policy frameworks are in place.
In an especially timely analysis, the 2015 edition of Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP 2015) examines innovation in the energy technology sector and seeks to increase confidence in the feasibility of achieving short- and long-term climate change mitigation targets through effective research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D). ETP 2015 identifies regulatory strategies and co‑operative frameworks to advance innovation in areas like variable renewables, carbon capture and storage, and energy-intensive industrial sectors. The report also shows how emerging economies, and China in particular, can foster a low-carbon transition through innovation in energy technologies and policy. Finally, ETP 2015 features the IEA annual Tracking Clean Energy Progress report, which this year shows that efforts to decarbonise the global energy sector are lagging further behind.
By setting out pathways to a sustainable energy future and by incorporating detailed and transparent quantitative modelling analysis and well-rounded commentary, ETP 2015 and its series of related publications are required reading for experts in the energy field, policy makers and heads of governments, as well as business leaders and investors.
ETP 2015 purchase includes extensive downloadable data, figures and visualisations.
Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2015
Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2015 examines progress in the development and deployment of key clean energy technologies. This Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 (ETP 2015) excerpt tracks each technology and sector against interim 2025 targets in the IEA 2015 Energy Technology Perspectives 2°C scenario, which lays out pathways to a sustainable energy system in 2050.
While renewable power generation continues to progress, the number of electric vehicles (EVs) are still increasing rapidly, and a significant milestone for carbon capture and storage (CCS) was reached in 2014, the deployment rate of most clean energy technologies is no longer on track to meet 2DS targets. Overall, the growth rates of clean energy technologies have slowed significantly and existing opportunities for deployment are not being exploited, preventing significant benefits being realised. Policy certainty, incentives, regulation and international co-operation are required to meet stated ambitions and transform the global energy system.
Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2015 provides, together with ETP 2015, specific recommendations to governments on how to scale up deployment of these key technologies toward a secure, clean and competitive energy future.
Energy Technology Perspectives 2014 - Harnessing Electricity's Potential
Energy Technology Perspectives sits at the heart of the International Energy Agency's work on energy technology and policy. It offers a comprehensive, long-term analysis of trends in the energy sector - and of the technologies that are essential to achieving an affordable, secure and low-carbon system.
Starting from the premise that electricity will be an increasingly important vector in energy systems of the future, Energy Technology Perspectives 2014 (ETP 2014) takes a deep dive into actions needed to support deployment of sustainable options for generation, distribution and end-use consumption.
Clean energy through technology
In addition to modelling the global outlook to 2050 under different scenarios, ETP 2014 incorporates the IEA's annual progress report on global efforts to engineer a clean-energy transformation. Moreover, ETP 2014 provides insight on many key questions about the future energy system, including:
- How much will the transformation to a clean-energy system cost?
- Is solar the answer to decarbonising the electricity supply?
- How can technologies help continue to exploit the advantages of natural gas in a decarbonised energy system?
- Can electrification have a meaningful impact on transportation, and if so, how?
- Is energy storage the game changer that many want to believe?
- What will it take to reach high-efficiency power generation in India?
Energy and technology guidance for the past decade
Since it was first published in 2006, Energy Technology Perspectives has evolved into a series that sets out pathways to a sustainable energy future in which optimal technology choices in energy production are driven by cost, energy security and environmental factors. .
More Data, Less Energy
The global electricity demand of information communication technology has reached 8% of total final electricity consumption. This demand is increasing at a much more rapid rate than overall electricity demand. More than a third of this electricity is used by devices connected to networks in homes and offices. Most of this electricity is used not to perform any function, but simply being alert in case a signal from the network arrives.
More Data, Less Energy: Making Network Standby More Efficient in Billions of Connected Devices looks at the rapidly increasing connectivity in a broad range of products, exploring how "everything is becoming smart" and "network-enabled". While consumers are devouring this new convenience and the extra functionality provided by network-enabled devices, the energy waste implications are big and getting bigger. The book provides an overview of technology and policy options to improve the energy efficiency of network-enabled devices.
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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.
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