17 - 26 February 2004
HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE
1. Tradable energy-efficiency certificates – putting
the market on the map
2. Three new Sponsors for IEA Clean Coal Centre
3. Releasing the power of innovation in the energy
sector – high-level
international workshop points to catalysts
4. From the Laboratory to the Marketplace … and
the Policies to Make it Happen
5. Concentrating Solar Power Global Market Initiative
6. Upcoming Events
Role of Carbon Sequestration and Bioenergy in National and International
Greenhouse-Gas Markets - Rotorua (New Zealand), 22-23
Challenges for Waste Combustion and Co-combustion in Fluidized
Bed Conversion -
Vienna (Austria), 24 May 2004.
Workshop on Saving Energy in Set-Top Boxes -
IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 27-28 May 2004.
International Conference on Emission Monitoring (CEM 2004) -
Milan (Italy), 9-11 June 2004.
Windsor Workshop, Transportation Technology and Fuels Forum -
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto,
Ontario (Canada), 14-17 June 2004.
Buildings in a Warming Climate – A Future Buildings
Forum - Sophia Antipolis (France), 21-22 June 2004.
International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies -
Vancouver (Canada), 2-9 September 2004.
Advances in Heat Pump Technology, Applications, and Markets -
8th IEA Heat Pump Conference, 2005 - Las Vegas (United States),
30 May-2 June 2005.
International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T) - Naha,
Okinawa (Japan), 9-13 October 2005.
7. Publications, Proceedings and websites
policies of IEA countries - Energy efficiency
in factories and buildings – International
Conference on Coal Science – China-IEA
modelling and statistics seminar - Appliances
policies in Central and Eastern European
Countries – New
8. Awards - Nominations
sought for IEA Solar Heating & Cooling
Progamme’s 2004 Solar Award
NEWS IN BRIEF
energy-efficiency certificates – putting the
market on the map. “Cap and trade” is likely to become
increasingly widespread in future as governments integrate such
market-based instruments into the mix of policies for energy
security and climate protection. Trading in greenhouse gas “emissions
rights” is already a reality. Energy-efficiency certificates
are now drawing much interest. What potential do these “White
Certificates” hold for ensuring legislation brings results
in an economically efficient way? The IEA’s Demand-Side
Management Programme is planning an international project to
produce some answers. This international collaborative effort
is still open to new participants, from both public and private
sectors around the world. To learn more, consult the Draft
Work-Plan or contact Antonio
Capozza at the Italian Centre for Electricity
Technology Research in Milan (Italy). Click for
more about the IEA Demand-Site Management Programme. It is one
of the Implementing
Agreements within the IEA’s structure for international
new Sponsors for IEA Clean Coal Centre (CCC). Australian,
Danish and New Zealand Sponsors have recently joined forces with
participating countries in the IEA Clean
Coal Centre, a collaborative
programme providing information worldwide on efficient supply
and use of coal. The Australian Coal Industry Consortium, the
Danish Power Group and the Coal Association of New Zealand have
thereby become players in the CCC’s exchange of analysis
and information on furthering innovation and advanced development
of coal as a clean source of energy. The Centre’s extensive
Clean Coal Technologies database is accessible free of charge,
as are its Newsletter, profiles of its publications, numerous
links to relevant sites worldwide and much other documentation.
Click here to explore
the Website, and consult the Newsletter (Issue 42) for more about
3. Releasing the power of innovation in the energy sector – high-level
international workshop points to catalysts. What are
the drivers of innovation? How do academia, public institutions
sector interact most effectively to trigger energy technology
breakthroughs and deliver radically new approaches? Can we map
flows and interplay among protagonists? Can we measure return
As concern mounts about the reliability and sustainability of
energy systems, questions such as these are becoming increasingly
frequent. Some answers were identified at a high-level workshop
in Washington, DC (United States), organised by the Organisation
Co-operation and Development (OECD), the IEA, the United
States National Academies and the United States Department of
The event gave special prominence to the case of fuel cells and
hydrogen. The presentations can be accessed at the OECD’s Website.
the Laboratory to the Marketplace … and the Policies to
Make it Happen. The process leading a technology from
basic science to ultimate market deployment is complex. It is
in which basic science, applied R&D, demonstration, commercialisation
and deployment interact in ways that are not always easily understood.
An IEA workshop in Washington last autumn enabled participants
to gain a clearer picture of the linkages and feedback mechanisms
exist along the technology development pathway, and the policies
that help move technologies to the marketplace. The event was
organised by the IEA’s Working Party on Energy End-Use
Technologies and its Working Party on Energy Efficiency. The
Paper is now available. Click here to see the
Concentrating Solar Power Global Market Initiative launched.
Conceived to speed the deployment of new Concentrating Solar
(CSP) plants, this Global Market Initiative (GMI) is due to be
presented for its mandate for implementation at the International
Conference for Renewable Energies in Bonn (Germany) in June 2004.
It is an international initiative that came into being at a California
(United States) conference last October. That event, which brought
together some 100 participants from 14 countries, as well as
organisations, was sponsored by the United States Department of
Energy, the German Development Bank (KfW), the California Energy
Commission, the Global Environment Facility, the United Nations
Environment Programme, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment
(BMU) and IEA SolarPACES,
the IEA’s international CSP collaborative programme. For
a complete set of the conference proceedings and materials, click
(The large file “05 Conference Proceedings” is
best accessed by downloading to your computer.)
Role of Carbon Sequestration and Bioenergy
in National and International Greenhouse-Gas Markets - Rotorua
(New Zealand), 22-23 March 2004. This conference is organised
Task 38 on Greenhouse Gas Balances of Biomass
and Bioenergy Systems. Discussions will focus on policies,
accounting and credit trading in bioenergy and carbon
sequestration projects, as well as carbon monitoring
and accounting of agriculture, forestry and harvested
Click here to
download the programme and
other information, and here for
more about the IEA bionenergy collaborative programme.
Challenges for Waste Combustion and Co-combustion in
Fluidized Bed Conversion - 48th Workshop
organised by the IEA Implementing Agreement on Fluidized
Bed Conversion -
Vienna (Austria), 24 May 2004. For a preliminary announcement,
consult the Implementing Agreement Website (Upcoming
Events), where more detailed information will be posted early
Workshop on Saving Energy in Set-Top Boxes - IEA
Headquarters, Paris (France), 27-28 May 2004. Design
in TV-connected and other set-top boxes, including converters
and decoders, could generate large energy savings.
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
efficiency programmes. For more information, see the IEA
Website, or contact
International Conference on Emission Monitoring (CEM
2004) - Milan
June, 2004. A major event for people dealing and operating
with air emissions assessment and measurement, this conference
is organised by the Italian Centre for Electricity Technology
Research (CESI), the European Commission’s Joint
Research Centre, the IEA Clean Coal Centre and the
access the official Website, click here.
Windsor Workshop, Transportation Technology and Fuels
an international event on emerging transportation technologies,
fuels, systems and policies - Westin Harbour Castle,
Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 14-17 June 2004. International
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 and the United
States Department of Energy, in co-operation with Environment
the IEA. Click here to
Buildings in a Warming Climate – A Future Buildings
Forum - Sophia Antipolis (France), 21-22
June 2004. A gradually warming climate and more extreme
conditions appear likely.
This event will examine the implications for building
design, energy technologies and systems, and the energy
needed to ensure
optimum energy use and comfort. It is co-hosted by
the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management
and the IEA. Click for
a first draft of the Programme, and here for
more information. See also the presentations made
at IEA’s workshop Global
Warming – a
Challenge for Buildings, an associated expert
event at IEA headquarters
on 2 December 2003.
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
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
and Retrofitting - 25th Conference
of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre
(AIVC) - Prague
(Czech Republic), 15-17 September 2004. Since 1980,
the AIVC conferences have been an important meeting
point for presenting and discussing advances in
ventilation. This Silver Jubilee
event will highlight retrofitting.
For the call for abstracts and conference details, click here.
AIVC is one of the entities within the IEA
Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems
Advances in Heat Pump Technology, Applications,
and Markets - 8th
IEA Heat Pump Conference, 2005 - Las Vegas (United
States), 30 May-2 June 2005. Organised under the auspices
of the IEA Heat Pump Program,
this conference will focus on: heat pump technologies,
air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and
on systems for residential, commercial, industrial and district
heating/cooling applications. On the agenda will
technology and market status, progress and trends.
For the call for papers and further information, click here.
International Conference on Coal Science and Technology
(ICCS&T) - Naha, Okinawa
(Japan), 9-13 October 2005. For more information, contact Dr.
O Yamada of Japan’s National Institute
of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST),
for the conference. The IEA Clean Coal Centre will play
an organisational role.
Publications, Proceedings & websites
Policies of IEA Countries - 2003 Review.
This volume presents an analysis of developments
in energy policies in the IEA member
countries. It contains an overview of major trends
in the energy markets and discusses renewed policy-making
focus on energy
security. To learn more and purchase, visit the IEA's
Policies of IEA Countries -
- the latest in the series of peer reviews of energy
individual IEA countries. To learn more
and purchase, visit the IEA’s Online Bookshop.
efficient energy utilisation in factories
and buildings (proceedings) – This
Tokyo (Japan) international workshop
in January 2004 focused on opportunities for additional
efficiency improvements in single and multiple sites,
including new business models and information technology
for centralised management
and an annex containing the presentations, consult the Website of
Conservation Centre (ECCJ), Japan.
International Conference on Coal Science,
Cairns, Queensland (Australia) - 2-4
November 2003. The proceedings are now available
for purchase on CD. The website can
be accessed here.
Seminar on Energy Modelling and Statistics.
Papers and presentations from this
Beijing (China) event, 20-21 October
2003, can be accessed by clicking here. The IEA collaborates closely with
on both energy modelling
issues and energy statistics, notably
for input to IEA’s World Energy Outlook publications.
This seminar provided another opportunity
methods and findings.
on Central and Eastern European Countries
Appliance Policy, Turin (Italy), 29-30 September
2003. Organised by IEA and the Netherlands
Agency for Energy and
this workshop discussed uptake of appliance
energy efficiency policies in the new EU
member states and other Central
and Eastern European countries. See IEA Website.
IEA Website. The
Agency has just launched a new website. This offers easier
access to information on all the IEA's areas of work
on advancing security of energy supply, economic growth
and environmental sustainability through energy policy
features include a page for online access to
a range of free
IEA surveys and newsletters. Note also
that, two calendar years after publication,
pdf versions of many of
IEA’s publications are
downloadable free of charge.
IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Progamme’s
2004 Solar Award. Nominations can now be submitted
for this second award from IEA’s Solar Heating and
Cooling Programme. It is open to individuals, companies,
and private and public
institutes around the world who have shown outstanding leadership
or achievements (with links to the IEA Solar Heating and
Cooling Progamme) in the field of solar energy at international
level. To learn more, visit the programme’s Website.
IEA's 2003 World Energy Investment Outlook recently
received a Special Award for analytical excellence from
the United States Department of Energy and Energy Information