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HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE
Renewable Energy Certificates – working
collaboratively to boost the market
2. Reducing oil use in transportation
3. Energy efficiency in transition economies
4. Climate Technology Initiative established as IEA Implementing
International Conference on Energy Efficiency
in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL’03),
Turin (Italy), 1-3 October 2003.
- Economies in Transition, the IEA and Renewable
Energy - Public
Information Event - Budapest (Hungary), 13 October, 2003.
- Coal - contributing to sustainable world development -
12th International Conference on Coal Science - Cairns,
Queensland (Australia), 2-
6 November, 2003.
- International Workshop on Saving Energy in Set-Top
Headquarters, Paris (France), 20-21 November 2003.
- Zero Emissions Technologies: Fossil
Fuels for Sustainable Development, IEA Asia Pacific
Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland (Australia),
17-19 February, 2004.
- 7th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas
Vancouver (Canada), 2-9 September 2004.
6. Publications and websites:
Response in liberalised electricity markets – Expanded
IEA Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE)
website – Project
Broker for greenhouse-gas mitigating technology - Photovoltaics performance
and markets - Renewables
Information (2003) - Key World Energy
Statistics (2003) - IEA
statistical updates on natural gas, oil and IEA
non-member countries – Energy
policies in Switzerland – Out soon: IEA
World Energy Investment Outlook 2003.
NEWS IN BRIEF
1. Tradable Renewable Energy Certificates – working
collaboratively to boost the market. In co-operation
with the European network TRECKIN, the IEA has just launched
a website (http://www.trecnet.org/)
to provide a forum for developing knowledge on Tradable Renewable
Energy Certificates (TRECs). The Renewable Energy Certification
Expert Network (TRECNET) features a broad base of information on
trading systems in place and under development, as well as an on-line
expert discussion group for sharing experience. TRECNET is expected
to act as a catalyst for certificate trading and the development
of trade schemes. It will notably support seminars and conferences
dealing with TREC issues and create links between partners around
the globe. TRECNET is
run by a world-wide network of committed participants. Membership
open to organisations
anywhere in the
oil use in transportation. Transport’s share
in oil use is likely to account for virtually all growth in oil
consumption in OECD countries between 2000 and 2030. Energy use
in transport is likely to soar by 50% over that period, and so
are CO2 emissions. Long-term vision is needed to tackle transport’s
threat to environment and sustainability, but short-term action
is also needed to lessen current dependence on imported energy.
Market failures have thwarted widespread introduction of more fuel-efficient
motors using current technologies. Advanced technologies for using
hydrogen, electricity and renewables-derived biofuels demand further
costly development. What can be done? An IEA study, Transport
Technologies and Policies for Energy Security and CO2 Reductions, examines the
challenges and options. It identifies short, medium, and long-term
strategies enabling government, the motor industry and vehicle
drivers to co-operate on accelerating progress towards a more sustainable
transport system. Click to download.
efficiency in transition economies. Potential energy
savings in Central Europe are estimated at more than 20% of total
current final energy consumption. The IEA has developed a portfolio
of activities to help economies in transition introduce market-oriented,
energy-efficient policies. More efficient energy technologies have
a greater impact if combined with programmes for deploying them
and measures to ensure rational markets. And greater energy efficiency
promises not only improved energy security and climate protection,
but also enhanced business competitiveness and consumer welfare.
To learn more about IEA’s approaches and activities in this
area, consult the Agency’s paper Energy Efficiency in
Economies in Transition (EITs): A Policy Priority.
The IEA is a participant and co-sponsor in a European programme
to curb energy demand from household appliances in these countries,
Central and Eastern European
Countries Appliance Policy (CEECAP).
Meanwhile, the Agency’s initiative on improving energy efficiency
Heating in Transition Economies seeks to identify priorities
and the most appropriate policy approaches.
Consult also the website of IEA’s Office
of Non-Member Countries and its newsletter.
Technology Initiative established as IEA Implementing Agreement.
Building on its existing links with the IEA, the Climate Technology
Initiative (CTI) has recently become one of the IEA’s Implementing
Agreements, joining some forty other programmes within the IEA’s
International Energy Technology Co-operation. The
mandate is to foster international co-operation for accelerated
development and diffusion of climate-friendly technologies
and practices. Its participants undertake a broad range of co-operative
activities in partnership with developing and transition countries,
the UNFCCC, and other international bodies. The CTI’s new
status as an IEA Implementing Agreement will serve to consolidate
the participants’ commitment to greater outreach to IEA non-member
countries. Current participating countries are Canada, Denmark,
Germany, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States.
New participants are welcome. More information about the CTI Implementing
Agreement, and about participating in its activities, can be obtained
from the Chairman of its Executive Committee: email@example.com.
International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances
Lighting (EEDAL’03), Turin (Italy), 1-3
October 2003. Key representatives from government, international
organisations, industry and academia will up-date on the energy
and environmental impact of residential appliances and lighting,
on policies adopted and planned, and on technical and commercial
advances in dissemination and penetration of more energy-efficient
technology. The conference is organised by the European Commission
and SOFTECH, in collaboration with the United Nations, the International
Energy Agency and the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards
Program (CLASP). For further information, click
here. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
in Transition, the IEA and Renewable Energy - Public
Information Event - Budapest (Hungary), 13 October,
by the Hungarian Ministry of Economy and Transport, the Energy
Centre Hungary and the International Energy Agency’s
Renewable Energy Working Party, this event will provide a forum
of current policies, strategies and technology status, as well
as prospects for the future. Taking a detailed look at all
types of renewable energy and how their deployment is advancing,
gathering will seek to identify ways of encouraging wider deployment.
See IEA’s website.
To learn more and register, please contact: Public Information
Event Secretariat at the Energy Centre Hungary,
Ms. Viktória Csorba (email@example.com).
- Contributing to Sustainable World Development - 12th
International Conference on Coal Science, Cairns, Queensland
(Australia), 2- 6 November, 2003. Organised jointly by
IEA, the IEA Clean Coal Centre and the hosts, the Australian
Institute of Energy, this event will offer a broad technical
program of plenary lectures and oral and poster presentations
on advances in coal science. Also on the agenda are tours
of major export, mining, and research facilities in Queensland
and Southern Australia. Click
here for more information.
Workshop on Saving Energy in Set-Top Boxes, IEA Headquarters,
Paris (France), 20-21 November 2003.
Design improvements in TV-connected and other set-top boxes, including
converters and decoders, could generate large energy
savings. Bringing together manufacturers, service providers
representatives from government energy offices, this event will seek to
establish an informal agreement among the various players to
and consistent efficiency programmes. For more information,
website. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emissions Technologies: Fossil Fuels for Sustainable Development,
IEA Asia Pacific Conference,
Gold Coast, Queensland
(Australia), 17-19 February, 2004. This event will
explore the viability, development and deployment of zero emissions
technologies for fossil fuels, and their potential
part of a portfolio of cleaner energy options for the
region. Organised by the IEA Working Party on Fossil
Fuels, with support from the United Nations, IEA member
the Australian and Queensland Governments and the United
States Department of Energy, it will bring together players
environmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. Click here for the
brochure and registration form.
International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control
Technologies, Vancouver (Canada), 5-9
September 2004. Organised by the University of
Regina and Natural Resources Canada, in co-operation with the
Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG), this conference
will provide a forum for the discussion of the
in the field of
greenhouse gas control technologies, including
capture, storage and utilisation of carbon dioxide
(CO2). See IEAGHG
6. Publications & websites
- Demand Response, a new website created by the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme (DSM),
tells about the Programme's work
on ways to enable electricity demand in a liberalised market
to respond to fluctuating electricity supply and prices. Costly
power outages have recently highlighted the dangers of poor
elasticity in electricity demand, often resulting from consumers'
inability, or lack of motivation, to control that demand. A
new IEA DSM task on Demand Response is in preparation and aims
to identify remedies, including a turn-key Demand Response
infrastructure model. The United States-based Peak Load Management
Alliance, which is participating actively in shaping the new
task, has hosted workshops as part of the preparations (see proceedings).
See also press
release on the role of demand response and distributed
resources in addressing grid reliability issues. For more,
visit the IEA DSM Programme's general
- Expanded IEA Energy Technology
Data Exchange (ETDE) website. Over 3 million bibliographic
records and almost 100,000 full-text
documents are now available in various energy-related areas
on ETDEWEB. Launched in 2000, ETDEWEB now includes information
from 1974 to the present (over 2 million additional historical
records) on the environmental impact of energy production
and use: climate change; energy R&D; energy policy; nuclear,
coal, hydrocarbon and renewable energy technologies. ETDEWEB
is the Internet version of the international database "Energy",
the product of the IEA Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE),
an IEA Information Centre Implementing Agreement. ETDEWEB
is accessible to participating countries at: http://www.etde.org/organization.html. Contact: email@example.com.
Project Broker. This free “middleman” service
is for companies seeking suppliers of greenhouse-gas
mitigating technology. Made available
by the IEA Greenhouse Gas Technology Information Exchange
(Greentie), the Project
Broker searches among its list
of close to 3000
suppliers to find the products that meet users’ specified
requirements. The service covers: energy
efficiency, renewable-energies and other
finance and project
Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme, a number
of publications, including some newly downloadable papers
presented at the 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy
Conversion, Osaka (Japan), May 2003:
- Performance analysis and reliability of grid-connected
PV-systems in IEA-countries;
- Understanding temperature effect on PV system performance;
- Subsidies versus rate-based incentives for technology,
economical and market development of PV. The European experience;
- Performance analysis of stand-alone PV-systems from rational
use of energy point of view.
Visit the IEA-PVPS
website for these
and many other reports and sets of
of the Programme’s
tenth anniversary conference in Osaka in May 2003.
Downloadable for free in PDF format, this is
the latest edition of IEA’s annual publication
providing comprehensive information on the use of renewables
and waste in the OECD countries. The report addresses a
need for development of reliable statistics on this energy
and seeks to increase understanding of the current market
and trends over recent years. It contains analysis of renewables
and waste energy supply, electricity production and installed
electricity generating capacity. For free download, click
Renewables statistical tables can also be accessed via
World Energy Statistics (2003) – a free downloadable new volume from the IEA containing timely, clearly-presented
data on the supply, transformation and consumption of all major
IEA energy statistics publications are available now through
IEA’s Online Bookshop: Natural
Gas Information 2003; Oil
Information 2003; Energy
Statistics of Non-OECD
Countries, 2000-2001; Energy Balances of Non-OECD
Policies of IEA Countries – Switzerland 2003
Review. A recent addition to the IEA’s regular
series of peer reviews of energy policies in member countries. Click to learn more and to order.
soon: IEA World Energy Investment Outlook 2003. Due
out on 4 November, this new study from the IEA quantifies for
the first time the significant energy sector investment
needed over the next 30 years to meet soaring global energy
The study identifies both the amount of capital required
to finance the construction of energy supply infrastructure
the obstacles that the sector must overcome in order
to attract it. This pioneering work includes oil, gas, coal,
and renewables investments and covers all world regions.
For more information on World Energy Investment Outlook
to order your copy online, see: www.worldenergyoutlook.com .
Copies ordered before 1st November 2003 will benefit
from a 10% discount, with a 30% discount granted
to non-profit organisations and students.