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Issue No. 20 - 15 July 2004

IEA at the International Conference for Renewable Energies, Bonn (Germany), 1-4 June 2004

Highlights:


HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

1. Sustainable transport: IEA and vehicle manufacturers develop strategy paths

2. India cements first ties with IEA international collaborative efforts

3. Air-conditioning and power demand

4. Saving energy in TV set-top boxes

5. More Publications, Proceedings and websites
Energy Policies of France, the Netherlands and Sweden - Heat pump Newsletter - Updated IEA "Dealing with Climate Change" Database - Workshops/seminars on Modelling long-term energy scenarios; Wind power and electricity grids; Energy efficiency, past and future; Coal and investment - Ocean energy - forthcoming, IEA World Energy Outlook 2004

6. Upcoming Events
7th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Vancouver (Canada), 5-9 September 2004.
25th Conference of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), Prague (Czech Republic), 15-17 September 2004.
Second International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future, Castiadas, Sardinia (Italy), 10-12 May 2005.
Global Advances in Heat Pump Technology, Applications, and Markets - 8th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Las Vegas (United States), 30 May-2 June 2005.
2005 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), Naha, Okinawa (Japan), 9-13 October 2005.


IEA's participation at the Bonn International Conference for Renewable Energies
Bonn (Germany), 1-4 June 2004

Launch of Renewable Energy – Market and Policy Trends in IEA Countries. This publication reviews experience in IEA countries with renewable energies since the oil crises of the 1970s and the surge of RD&D investment. It pinpoints lessons that can be drawn. More than 650 pages of historical market and policy information track the progress of renewable energies country-by-country since 1970. Some hard-hitting conclusions emerge, notably about the vital role of public funding for RD&D and measures to get renewables technologies into the marketplace. For more about this authoritative overview, visit IEA’s Online Bookshop. See also press release and presentation.

Also available at the IEA stand in Bonn was IEA's recent study Biofuels for Transport: An International Perspective. This recently launched book looks at trends in biofuel production and considers what the future might hold if such alternatives were to displace petroleum in transport. It covers several important emerging technologies. See the press release. To consult the Executive Summary and order, visit IEA's Online Bookshop.

Launch of the JREC Renewable Energy Policies & Measures Database. The Johannesburg Renewable Energy Coalition (JREC), established at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002, brings together 88 countries today. This searchable web-based database of policies, measures and targets is the first to cover so many countries. It is maintained and up-dated by the IEA in collaboration with the JREC Secretariat and hosted by the European Commission. Click to consult the Database

A new IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment. The governments of Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Norway have joined forces to work on a new approach for accelerated, effective deployment of renewable energy technologies. With input from the European Commission, these countries will work on ways to overcome barriers, promote enhanced strategies and encourage investment. The creation of this Implementing Agreement has been announced in the International Action Programme, one of the key outcomes from the Bonn Conference (see page 155 of the Programme). For further information, contact Piotr Tulej at the IEA.

The Bonn Conference saw the official launch of the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Global Market Initiative (GMI). Its objective is to facilitate and expedite the building of 5,000 MWe of CSP wordwide over the next ten years. Listed in the Bonn International Action Programme (page 18), the initiative was endorsed by a number of countries in Bonn. The GMI came into being through the Palm Springs Protocol, drawn up at a conference in October 2003 co-sponsored by IEA SolarPACES, the IEA's international CSP collaborative programme. Click for the GMI brochure, and here for a presentation on the Initiative.

In addition, the IEA organised a side event during the conference to highlight IEA activities in renewables. It also hosted an exhibition at the conference venue, with participation of the IEA Renewable Energy Implementing Agreements. See website. For more on the Bonn Conference and its outcomes click here.


NEWS IN BRIEF

1. Sustainable transport: IEA and vehicle manufacturers develop strategy paths. What are the best routes to sustainability in the transport sector? Some answers can be found in a new transportation study, Mobility 2030: Meeting the Challenges to Sustainability. Published under the sponsorship of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, this report is the fruit of a four-year collaborative project bringing together 12 leading international automotive and energy companies. The IEA worked closely with these companies on key aspects of their analysis, including development of a new global transportation spreadsheet model. This tracks travel, vehicle efficiency, energy use and emissions for all major transport modes and regions worldwide, projecting these to 2050. The study identifies seven key indicators for sustainability and it uses the model to develop a reference case and various alternative projections to explore how sustainability could be achieved in each area. For more details and a free pdf download, click here.
2. India cements first ties with IEA international collaborative efforts. India has recently been welcomed as a participant within two IEA international energy technology collaborative programmes, the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG) and the IEA Clean Coal Centre. India’s government has designated three national bodies as the contracting parties to collaborate with IEA GHG on measures for abatement of greenhouse gas emissions. See the Programme’s newsletter on its Website. For its part, Indian company Bahrat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has accepted the terms and conditions for Sponsor membership in the IEA Clean Coal Centre. These IEA programmes are two among some forty Implementing Agreements within the IEA’s Framework for International Energy Technology Co-operation.
3. Air-conditioning and power demand. When the ambient temperature rises, so does demand for electricity to power air-conditioning. Sometimes the strain on the electricity supply system can reach critical levels. Meeting air conditioning loads against the backdrop of heat waves, the growing urban heat island phenomenon and rising internal electrical loads has far-reaching implications for the reliability of power supply systems. The need to keep cool in more extreme conditions has similar implications for the design of buildings. In the OECD countries, the air-conditioned occupied floor area inside buildings is rising by 7% per year. IEA’s June 21-22 conference Cooling Buildings in a Warming Climate took a searching look at factors driving this rise and explored policies and measures which could curb the associated growth in energy consumption and peak-power demand. Consult the presentations on the IEA’s Website.
4. Saving energy in TV set-top boxes. These appliances unscramble TV input from digital or satellite broadcasters. The more sophisticated versions provide Internet access and home entertainment services. While they seem passive, set-top boxes are very active consumers of energy. Impending switches from analog to digital TV signals in many countries threaten an explosion in demand for set-top boxes, and for the electricity to run them. IEA’s recent two-day workshop in Paris on Saving Energy in Set-Top Boxes brought together stakeholders from industry, government regulatory bodies, service providers and other interested groups to discuss the policy implications. A key outcome from a separate meeting of government officials was agreement that timely action regarding set-top boxes was now desirable, particularly in relation to conversion of digital signals into analog signals. They agreed to exchange information and experience on policies, including those under development, as an important step towards developing common approaches. To learn more, consult the IEA’s Website.

5. More Publications, Proceedings and websites

  • Energy Policies of IEA Countries - The latest in the series of peer reviews of energy policies in individual IEA countries. France (2004), the Netherlands (2004) and Sweden (2004)
  • The latest IEA Heat Pump Centre's Newsletter reports notably on operating experience with heat pump systems after installation and on competitiveness of heat pumps with other forms of heating.
  • Updated IEA "Dealing with Climate Change" Database. Developments during 2003 are now included in this most widely used database of its sort in the public domain. It offers access to information on energy-related policies and measures taken or planned in IEA's 26 member countries since 1999 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Presentations from the International Energy Workshop, IEA Headquarters, Paris, 22-24 June 2004. This latest annual gathering brought together some 170 leading energy modellers to discuss longer-term energy, economic and climate projections, the role of technology and the status of modelling methodologies. It was organised by the Energy Modelling Forum, the IEA and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Consult website.
  • Presentations from the IEA/NEA workshop Integration of Wind Power into Electricity Grids: Economic and Reliability Impacts. Organised by the IEA and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), this May 25 event at IEA Headquarters in Paris brought together government and industry representatives. Click to consult the presentations.
  • Presentations from the IEA workshop Energy Efficiency: Past Development & Future Potential, IEA Headquarters, Paris, 26-27 April, 2004. Starting from the latest attempts to characterize historical changes in energy usage, this workshop addressed the questions “How much energy efficiency is achievable, and to what extent does it depend upon the policy environment?” Consult the presentations.
  • Presentations from the Seminar Coal and Investment, Beijing, (China), 23 April 2004. Organised by the IEA, the World Coal Institute and the China National Coal Association, this joint seminar examined the implications of the World Energy Investment Outlook for investment in the coal industry over the next three decades, with a particular focus on Asia. Access the presentations.
  • Ocean Energy - Annual Report 2003 from the IEA Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems. This includes state-of-the-art information on ocean energy and a section on national activities. For additional information, contact Ana Brito Melo. This Programme is one of some forty within the IEA's Framework for International Energy Technology Co-operation.
  • IEA World Energy Outlook 2004: out in October 2004.

Reminder, two calendar years after publication, pdf versions of many of IEA's publications are downloadable free of charge.


6. Upcoming Events

7th 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 IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG 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. Consult the GHG Programme’s Website.
25th Conference of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), Prague (Czech Republic), 15-17 September 2004. The theme of this Silver Jubilee event will be “Ventilation and Retrofitting”. AIVC is one of the entities within the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems Programme (ECBCS). For the call for abstracts and conference details, click here.
Second International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future, Castiadas, Sardinia, (Italy), 10-12 May 2005. Co-organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre, this event will review the current major issues against the backdrop of fast changing coal markets.
Click to learn more.
Global Advances in Heat Pump Technology, Applications, and Markets - 8th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Las Vegas (United States), 30 May-2 June 2005. Organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Program, this conference will focus on: heat pump technologies, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and systems for residential, commercial, industrial and district heating/cooling applications. On the agenda will be current technology and market status, progress and trends. For the call for papers and further information, click here.
2005 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), the sponsor organisation for the conference. The IEA Clean Coal Centre will also play an organisational role.