No. 20 - 15 July 2004
at the International Conference for Renewable Energies,
Bonn (Germany), 1-4 June 2004
HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE
transport: IEA and vehicle manufacturers develop strategy
cements first ties with IEA international collaborative
and power demand
energy in TV set-top boxes
More Publications, Proceedings and websites
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
International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control
Technologies, Vancouver (Canada), 5-9
• 25th Conference of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation
Centre (AIVC), Prague (Czech Republic), 15-17
• Second International Conference on Clean Coal
Technologies for our Future, Castiadas, Sardinia (Italy), 10-12 May
• 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.
participation at the Bonn International Conference for Renewable
Bonn (Germany), 1-4 June 2004
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
Bookshop. See also press
release and presentation.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Publications, Proceedings and websites
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
World Energy Outlook 2004: out in October 2004.
two calendar years after publication, pdf versions of many
of IEA's publications are downloadable free
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,
• 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
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.