About Energy Technology Perspectives

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) analysis offers a comprehensive, long-term view of energy system trends and technologies essential to meet goals for affordable, secure and low-carbon energy.

Energy production and its future

Since it was first published in 2006, ETP has evolved into a suite of publications that sets out pathways to a sustainable energy future in which optimal policy support and technology choices are driven by economics, energy security and environmental factors: 

  • Topic-specific books and papers explore particularly timely subjects or cross-cutting challenges
  • Tracking Clean Energy Progress provides a yearly snapshot of advances in diverse areas, while also showing the interplay among technologies
  • Supported by ETP analysis, the IEA Technology Roadmaps assess the potential for transformation across various technology areas, and outline actions and milestones for deployment

Energy production’s role and impacting energy policy

Collectively, this series lays out the wide range of necessary and achievable steps that can be taken in the near and medium terms to set the stage for long-term energy policy objectives, clearly identifying the roles of energy sector players, policy makers and industry. The 2015 edition examined the role of technology innovation to meet climate goals and the 2016 edition examines urban energy systems.  

ETP collaborates closely with the IEA’s energy technology network (see energy technology initiatives), which gives substantial input to the analysis. There are also workshops with industry and academic partners on specific topics.

The IEA welcomes questions and queries relating to ETP. Please contact etp_project@iea.org.

Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 - Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems

Released 1 June 2016

Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Press ReleaseLaunch presentation

‌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.