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Issue No.2, 3 May 2002


HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

1. The world-map on renewables/energy-efficiency technologies and solutions - yet faster access through CADDET's re-built websites.

2. Climate Technology Awards - call for nominations.

3. The Future Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on the Energy System - insights from IEA Workshop.

4. Energy Efficiency Certificate Trading - findings of the Workshop in Milan (Italy), 17 April 2002.

5. Russian Academy of Sciences honours IEA World Energy Outlook 2001.

6. Upcoming Events:
- Promoting On-Board Technologies for Improving Fuel Efficiency - Utrecht (the Netherlands), 27 May, 2002.
- Worldwide Energy Liberalisation: Building on Lessons Learned - Eurelectric/VDEW Conference, Leipzig (Germany), 24-25 June 2002.
- Concentrated Solar Power and Chemical Energy Technologies - 11th SolarPACES International Symposium - Zurich (Switzerland), 4-6 September 2002.
- Sixth International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies - Kyoto (Japan), 1-4 October 2002.
- International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future - Sardinia (Italy), 21-23 October 2002.

7. Recent IEA Publications: Electricity in India; Russia Energy Survey; Energy Policies of the United States.


NEWS IN BRIEF


1.
The world-map on renewables/energy-efficiency technologies and solutions - faster access. Through IEA CADDET's two sites, highly user-friendly navigation tools now provide decision-takers with speedier access to global information on proven, commercial applications of renewable-energy and energy-efficiency technologies and solutions. At the fingertips, descriptions of demonstration projects and success stories, as well as more in-depth data and discussion of individual technologies, with assessments of economic viability and benefits. Each service offers free monthly e-mail delivery of a custom-made mix of information on selected technologies. For access to CADDET Renewables: http://www.caddet-re.org/index.php. For CADDET Energy Efficiency: http://www.caddet-ee.org/.

These two projects come under the umbrella of the Energy and Environmental Technologies Information Centres (EETIC), an IEA Implementing Agreement, see website: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/techno/index.asp
For more about the IEA's international energy technology collaboration framework of Implementing Agreements: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/techno/index.asp




2. Climate Technology Awards - call for nominations.
The Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) rewards individuals and organisations for outstanding achievements in getting climate-friendly technology to market. This year's awards will be made in October in New Delhi at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The CTI works in close contact with the UNFCCC to foster international co-operation for accelerated development and diffusion of climate-friendly technologies and practices in developing and transition nations, notably through capacity-building measures. Housed at IEA Headquarters in Paris, it was launched in 1995 by 23 IEA/OECD countries and the European Commission. The Awards nomination deadline is now 22 May 2002. See CTI Awards press release (please ignore superseded deadline date therein) at: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/press/pressdetail.asp?PRESS_REL_ID=31. For more about the Climate Technology Initiative: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/techno/index.asp




3. The Future Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on the Energy System.
A recent IEA workshop at IEA headquarters in Paris weighed up the stakes and the potential, within a context of: more use of energy, but high gains in productivity and economic growth; galloping technological progress, but lagging behavioural adjustments to energy efficiency needs; a huge potential impact, but poor representation of ICT factors in public policy-making. To access the papers presented at the February 2002 workshop: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/work/workshopsearch.asp




4.
Energy Efficiency Certificate Trading Workshop - Milan (Italy), 17 April 2002. The workshop enabled participants to exchange experience and examine the scope for energy efficiency certificates as a means of bridging the gap between regulation and the economic efficiency of market-based trading mechanisms. To view the presentations and get a flavour of the proceedings, or to participate in an on-line discussion, click here: http://dsm.iea.org/newdsm/work/workshops/EECertTrad.asp. Also: http://dsm.iea.org/.




5.
Russian Academy of Sciences - special award for IEA World Energy Outlook 2001.
In alternation with its world-wide projections of energy trends, brought out each even-number year, the IEA World Energy Outlook publishes an "insights" edition on a specific energy subject each intervening year. The 2001 edition of the Outlook assesses "today's energy supplies to fuel tomorrow's growth". It has been singled out by the Russian Academy of Sciences for a special award, in recognition of its breadth of coverage, the objectivity of the analysis and its balanced geographical treatment of energy resources. On behalf of the IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Head of Agency's Economic Analysis Division and editor the book, received the award in Moscow on 25 April. Press release: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/press/pressdetail.asp?PRESS_REL_ID=58. For more about the book:
http://www.iea.org/Textbase/publications/free_new_Desc.asp?PUBS_ID=1104




6.
Upcoming Events

Promoting On-Board Technologies for Improving Fuel Efficiency - Utrecht (the Netherlands), 27 May, 2002. Representatives from industry, research institutes and governments will draw policy lessons regarding vehicle on-board devices.See also: http://www.ecodrive.org/index.php?id=219 .


Worldwide Energy Liberalisation: Building on Lessons Learned
- Eurelectric/VDEW Conference, Leipzig (Germany), 24-25 June 2002. High-level speakers from the electricity and gas sectors will review progress with energy market liberalisation, against a backdrop of globalisation and major advances in technology. Website: http://www.eurelectric.org/docs/2001-030-0441-1.pdf. Contact: Ravit Bechor: rbechor@eurelectric.org


Concentrated Solar Power and Chemical Energy Technologies
- 11th SolarPACES International Symposium - Zurich (Switzerland), 4-6 September 2002. This biennial event offers the largest and most comprehensive forum for the latest technological advances in the field of solar thermal electricity production and solar chemical conversion. For more details: http://www.solarpaces2002.ethz.ch/


Sixth International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies
- Kyoto (Japan), 1-4 October 2002. Cutting-edge technologies for capture, storage and utilisation of carbon dioxide will be among the hot topics discussed at this conference, along with updates on other CO2 mitigation options such as enhanced energy efficiency and use of renewables. For further information: http://www.ieagreen.org.uk.


International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future
- Sardinia (Italy), 21-23 October 2002. The focus: "Response to Electricity Market Liberalization, Growing Energy Demand and Environmental Protection". Topics: environmental and energy policies; improving conventional technologies; CO2 capture and sequestration; clean coal technology (CCT); environmental and competitive goals through CCT diffusion; public support for CCTs; technology transfer for CCTs. For more details: http://www.iea-coal.org.uk/.




7.
Recent IEA Publications (click on the links to learn more):

Electricity in India: Providing Power for the Millions
(http://www.iea.org/Textbase/publications/free_new_Desc.asp?PUBS_ID=1074).

Russia Energy Survey 2002 (http://www.iea.org/Textbase/publications/free_new_Desc.asp?PUBS_ID=1073).

Energy Policies of IEA Countries - The United States 2002 Review (http://www.iea.org/Textbase/publications/free_new_Desc.asp?PUBS_ID=1072).