16 - 17th December 2003
1. CO2 - capture and storage potential - co-ordinating trade and
2. Energy-efficiency facilitator role for IEA in international sustainable
energy market-expansion effort
3. IEA coal industry award recognises importance of coal in sustainable
4. Renewables in Russia, Renewables
for Power Generation - two new
Publications and websites
World Energy Investment Outlook - Ocean energy - Trends
in photovoltaic applications - Transition
economies and renewables - Sustainable energy technologies
information - Beyond
Kyoto - IEA collaborative R&D programmes - Sustainable
energy scenarios to 2050 - Fuel
combustion and CO2 - Demand response in liberalised
electricity markets - Investment
in electricity markets - Energy policies of Italy, Japan - IEA literature at
6. Upcoming Events
Sustainable Use of Building Stock - OECD/IEA Workshop
on Sustainable Buildings, Tokyo (Japan), 15-16 January 2004.
- Highly efficient energy utilisation in factories and buildings - IEA/METI/ECCJ
Workshop, Tokyo (Japan), 19 January 2004.
- Zero Emissions Technologies: Fossil Fuels for Sustainable Development, IEA
Asia Pacific Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland (Australia), 17-19 February,
- International Workshop on Saving Energy in Set-Top Boxes, IEA Headquarters,
Paris (France), 27-28 May 2004.
- The Windsor Workshop, Transportation Technology and Fuels Forum - an international
event on emerging transportation technologies, fuels, systems and policies
- Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 14-17 June, 2004.
- 7th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Vancouver
(Canada), 2-9 September 2004.
NEWS IN BRIEF
- capture and storage potential - co-ordinating trade and environment policies.
Is carbon capture and storage (CCS) a realistic future option for large-scale
greenhouse-gas mitigation? IEA Secretariat analysis suggests that, already
in the early 21st century, CCS can play an important role in reducing CO2
emissions in a carbon-constrained world, notably in the electricity sector.
The IEA Working Paper The
Future Role of CO2 Capture and Storage – Results
of the IEA-Energy Technology Perspectives Model explains how. But the paper
also warns that investor uncertainty and insufficient RD&D for capture
technologies and effective long-term storage could limit practical application
of these technologies.
Another recent IEA Working Paper, Challenges in Energy and Environment
a Materials Perspective, underscores the importance of good data and model
structure for the quality of results. Here, the integrated energy and materials
approach in the IEA Energy Technology Perspectives Model is developed for application
to “carbon leakage”. This is an economic and international commodity
trade issue. If large volumes of emissions-intensive industrial production
shift to alternative sites around the world, how does this affect global emissions?
The results suggest that, if new climate policy instruments are not adopted
globally, up to 45% of gains in one region could be cancelled out by emissions
facilitator role for IEA in international sustainable energy market-expansion
effort. As an advisor to energy policy-makers in member countries,
the IEA is well placed to advance the aims of the multi-stakeholder Renewable
Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), recently launched in
London. Initiated in August 2002 at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable
Development (WSSD), REEEP brings together governments, businesses and organisations
committed to speeding more widespread development of renewable and energy
efficiency systems around the world. The partnership provides an open,
flexible global framework for governments, business and civil society to
share the knowledge and best practice needed to break through barriers
to more sustainable energy production and use. Working through regional
focal points and collaborating with international bodies, REEEP focuses
on promoting new approaches to policy and regulations, innovative finance
and communications. For more about REEEP, consult its Website.
coal industry award recognises importance of coal in sustainable development. The first IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) Coal Award has
been presented to Professor Michael Karmis by CIAB Chairman Dr Jürgen
Stadelhofer (President of RAG Coal International, Germany).
The CIAB, which supports the IEA in all coal-related matters, has created
the Award for Sustainable Development to recognise and celebrate work which
the sustainability of coal as a contributor to world energy resources. Professor
Karmis has earned the award for his contributions to mining education and improved
mining technologies, mine health and safety, and improving the environmental
performance of coal mining.
Michael Karmis is Stonie Barker Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering,
and Director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Blacksburg,
Va. (United States). Visit CIAB’s Website.
in Russia, Renewables for Power Generation - two new IEA books. These two publications
offer realistic assessments of renewables' potential contribution to energy-sector
sustainability. Parts of each can be downloaded free.
Renewables in Russia – From Opportunity to Reality explains how renewable
energy can offer real, cost-effective options for addressing some of Russia’s
energy and economic challenges. It explores the preconditions for drawing Russia’s
resources in wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass and solar energy into the energy
mix, alongside the nation’s abundant and dominant oil, gas and coal.
Visit IEA’s bookshop.
Worldwide, some renewable energy technologies are well established in the market,
while others are just starting to show potential. Renewables for Power
Generation - Status & Prospects assesses the outlook under differing market scenarios
for six leading renewable energy technologies: small hydro power, solar photovoltaic,
concentrating solar power, biopower, geothermal power and wind power. Present
and likely future costs are analysed, along with market developments for these
rapidly evolving technologies. Key areas are highlighted for further research
and development and for policy support. Visit IEA’s bookshop.
Publications & websites
IEA World Energy Investment Outlook- a pioneering in-depth study on investment
needs by fuel and by region. Offering crucial insight for policy makers, investors
and all who address energy issues, this publication can be purchased in various
formats, including pdf for multi-users. Click here for
sample tables. Click here to consult the Table of Contents, download the Executive Summary or
order the publication.
Ocean Energy – two publications are now downloadable free of charge
from the Website of the IEA Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems. Wave
and Marine Current Energy – Status and Research and Development
Priorities examines the technical, economic, environmental and social aspects
of ocean energy systems and assesses R&D priorities for these technologies. Development of Recommended Practices for Testing and Evaluating Ocean Energy
Systems provides guidelines that could become standards for testing, costs
assessment and presentation of results.
in Photovoltaic Applications – Survey
report of selected IEA countries between 1992 and 2002. This can be downloaded
free of charge from
the Website of the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme, along with some
recent studies dealing with deployment of photovoltaic systems in developing
countries. Click here to access.
in Transition, the IEA and Renewable Energy - readers can download the IEA’s Background
Paper and the presentations made at this public information forum, held in
(Hungary) on 13 October, 2003.
A single CADDET Website now combines free downloadable information on both
renewables and energy-efficiency sustainable energy technologies, projects,
demonstration results and markets. This site is part of a range of free services
offered by the Centre for the Analysis and Dissemination of Demonstrated
Energy Technologies (CADDET), created in 1988 under IEA auspices. Click to
visit. Check out E-nnouncements, CADDET’s free monthly electronic news
service for the energy and environmental community. It can be customised
for your needs.
Kyoto – Energy Dynamics and Climate Stabilisation (2002) - can
now be downloaded free from IEA’s Website.
Agreement Highlights 2002-2003 – downloadable free, this
publication describes results and achievements of the IEA Implementing Agreements
in 2002/2003. Almost three decades of experience have shown that these international
collaborative R&D projects are contributing significantly to achieving
faster technological progress at lower cost. Also downloadable, IEA Implementing
Agreements - Background and Framework as of 2003 outlines how the Implementing
to 2050 – Scenarios
for a Sustainable Future - Strategic planning and political decisions
demand exploration of options for the future, best
developed through scenarios. This volume from IEA introduces different types
of scenario, evaluating how they can be used to analyse specific aspects of
the interaction between energy and environment over the longer term.
Emissions from Fuel Combustion 1971-2001 – 2003 Edition - 600 pages
of data from the IEA, designed to assist in understanding the evolution of
these emissions in more than 140 countries and regions, by sector and by fuel.
Power to Choose - Demand Response in Liberalised Electricity Markets.
This IEA study analyses the impact of price-responsive demand and shows how
pricing, policy and technology can be used to inform consumer behaviour and
choice. It explores the economic, efficiency and security benefits and identifies
the changes in electricity tariffs and the network infrastructure needed to
achieve greater demand response.
Generation Investment in Electricity Markets. IEA’s analysts look
at how investors have responded to the need to internalise investment risk
in power generation. While capital and total costs remain the parameters shaping
investment choices, the value of technologies which can be installed quickly
and operated flexibly is increasingly appreciated.
Policies of IEA Countries – Italy
2003 Review ; Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Japan 2003 Review. These
are the latest in the series of
regular peer reviews of energy policies in IEA member countries.
Recently published IEA books were presented at COP9, alongside a number of
information papers and brochures available for free download, including:
Energy and Environmental Goals – Investment Needs
and Technology Options – a background report prepared for the Italian
Government by the International Energy Agency for COP9.
Oil Crisis to Climate Challenge – Understanding CO2 Emissions Trends
in IEA Countries (highlights, pending publication of a full-length book on
the subject in January 2004).
• Emissions Trading and its Possible Impacts on Investment Decisions in
the Power Sector
• Governments as Participants in International Markets for Greenhouse Gas
• Emission Reductions in the Natural Gas Sector through Project-Based Mechanisms
• Findings of Recent IEA Work - 2003
and Sustainable Development – Attitudes and Activity
• Evolution of Mitigation Commitments: Some Key Issues [French |
• Technology Innovation, Development and Diffusion
• Green Investment Schemes: Options and Issues
• Key World Energy Statistics
Towards Sustainable Use of Building Stock - OECD/IEA Workshop on Sustainable Buildings, Tokyo (Japan), 15-16 January 2004. At this international gathering, building researchers, practitioners, officials, industry representatives and students will exchange the latest know-how and experience on achieving the maximum level of sustainability in existing buildings. To learn more, access the Website at the OECD.
efficient energy utilisation in factories and buildings - IEA/METI/ECCJ Workshop,
Tokyo (Japan), 19 January 2004. Focusing on business models and information
technology for centralised management of energy consumption in factories
and buildings, this event is organised by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade
and Industry, together with the Energy Conservation Centre, Japan, and the
IEA. Participants will share experience in use of advanced energy-efficiency
practices and waste heat recovery systems in IEA countries and discuss the
role of co-operation between government and the private sector in expanding
their deployment. To learn more, click
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 as part of a
portfolio of cleaner energy options for the Asia Pacific region. Organised
by the IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels, with support from the United Nations,
IEA member countries, the Australian and Queensland Governments and the United
States Department of Energy, it will bring together players from government,
environmental bodies and non-governmental organisations.
Workshop on Saving Energy in Set-Top Boxes, IEA Headquarters, Paris
(France), 27-28 May 2004. Design improvements in TV-connected and other set-top
boxes, including converters and decoders, could generate large energy savings.
Bringing together manufacturers, service providers and representatives
from government energy offices, this event will seek to establish an informal
agreement among the various players to ensure effective and consistent
programmes. For more information, see the IEA Website.
Windsor Workshop, Transportation Technology and Fuels Forum - an international
event on emerging transportation technologies, fuels, systems
- Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 14-17 June, 2004.
International experts from public and private sectors will gather to focus
on all fields
of research, policy, fuel supply and vehicle manufacturing. The workshop
is sponsored by Natural Resources Canada, U.S. Department of Energy,
in cooperation with Environment Canada, Transport Canada and the IEA.
International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Vancouver
(Canada), 5-9 September 2004 (see GHG Programme's Website). Organised by the University of Regina and Natural Resources Canada, in co-operation with the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D
Programme, this conference will provide a forum for discussion of the latest
advances in the field of Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, including capture,
storage and utilisation of carbon dioxide (CO2).