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Oil & gas - the upstream technology story
2. Deploying renewable energy technologies - a new IEA programme
3. Is energy efficiency as good as it sounds?
4. Activating bioenergy solutions


- Assessing the biofuels option
- Newsletters: Demand Response Dispatcher; Greenhouse Issues
- Key World Energy Statistics
- Renewables Information 2005
- Electricity Information 2005


- Energy Statistics of Non-OECD Countries
- Energy Balances of Non-OECD Countries
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Energy policies of Australia, Czech Republic
- Proceedings, 8th IEA Heat Pumps Conference

- Om IEA Norge - an IEA Website in Norwegian
- Out 7 Nov. IEA World Energy Outlook 2005


. 2005 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), Naha, Okinawa (Japan), 9-13 October 2005.

. Global Cooperation on 1 Watt: A Meeting on Standby Power, Seoul (Korea), 2-4 November 2005.

. Meeting Our Energy Needs - Driving forward coal's role in a clean, clever and competitive energy future, IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board workshop, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 9 November 2005.

. Transportation of Energy by Uitilization of Thermal Energy Storage Technology - Kick-Off Workshop of Annex 18 of the IEA Implementing Agreement on Energy Conservation Through Energy Storage, Bad Tölz (Germany), 14-15 November 2005.

. Energy Efficient Tyres: Improving the On-Road Performance of Motor Vehicles, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 15-16 November 2005.

. Definition Workshop for New Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks R&D, IEA Headquarters, Paris, 24-25 November 2005.

. European Seminar Offshore Wind and Other Marine Renewable Energy in Mediterranean and European Seas, Civitavecchia, Rome (Italy), 20-22 April 2006.

. Thermal Storage Here and Now - Tenth Triennial IEA Energy Conservation Through Energy Storage Conference on Thermal Energy Storage, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (United States), 31 May-2 June 2006.

. 4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting, London (United Kingdom), June 2006.

. 8th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Trondheim (Norway), 19-23 June 2006.




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Oil & gas - the upstream technology story. Does the globe hold adequate hydrocarbons to meet future needs? Yes, but quenching the world's thirst for oil and gas will call for major technological progress and investment. A 5% increase in worldwide recovery, applying more advanced technologies, would bring more oil than Saudi Arabia’s reserves. The IEA's new study, Resources to Reserves, Oil & Gas Technologies for the Energy Markets of the Future, draws on extensive industry expertise to identify challenges and pinpoint key technologies for ensuring that sufficient hydrocarbons can be tapped to meet demand. Estimates are presented of the oil prices at which various types of resource become economical. See press release. Click to learn more and to order.

2. Deploying renewable energy technologies - a new IEA programme. Fostering co-operation to guide renewable energy technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace is the mission of a new IEA international collaboration. By facilitating international deployment efforts, the Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (RETD) Implementing Agreement will seek to speed improvements in renewable energy technologies and to secure further cost reductions. Establishment of this new arrival among some forty programmes within the IEA international collaborative framework was approved by the IEA Governing Board on 15th September 2005 for an initial term of five years. The eight IEA member countries which have already committed to participating in the programme are currently discussing its Programme of Work and the first projects. For more information please contact Mr Daniel Argyropoulos, at the Federal Ministry for the Environment (Germany).

3. Is energy efficiency as good as it sounds? Proponents of energy efficiency policies sometimes face difficult questions. For example, if more efficient heating, refrigeration or lighting appliances reduce the energy bills, do consumers tend to use them more, thus eroding the energy savings? Or are the energy planners basing their calculations on flawed assumptions, or on unrealistic discount rates? Do energy efficiency drives sometimes trigger perverse effects? These and many other searching questions are addressed and answered in a recent IEA Information Paper, The Experience with Energy Efficiency Policies and Programmes in IEA Countries: Learning from the Critics. The authors take a positive view and indicate lessons to be learned from past experience. Click here to download.

4. Activating bioenergy solutions. Bioenergy’s role is growing world wide It’s potential contribution to sustainability in our energy systems is huge. But what factors actually trigger implementation of bioenergy projects? What benefits can communities expect from adopting bioenergy systems? And what methodologies work best for finding the answers? These are the core issues addressed by a specialist international team within IEA’s Bioenergy Programme. In its article “People and Bioenergy”, the team discusses its work on “Socio-economic Drivers in Implementing Bioenergy Projects”. Findings are reviewed and some pointers distilled for future work. IEA Bionenergy is one of some 40 programmes functioning within the IEA’s framework for international collaboration on R&D and information dissemination. Click to download "People and Bioenergy".

. Proceedings from the IEA Seminar Assessing the Biofuels Option, Paris (France), 20 June 2005. This high-level event, organised by the United Nations Foundation, the Brazilian Government and the IEA, seized a timely opportunity to explore near-term and longer-term global prospects for biofuels, and especially development of new markets. Click to access the highlights, background paper and presentations, also the press release.

. Recent newsletters from IEA collaborative R&D programmes: Demand Response Dispatcher (Archive); Greenhouse Issues.

. Key World Energy Statistics - IEA's 2005 free downloadable booklet containing timely, clearly-presented data on the supply, transformation and consumption of all major energy sources. Click to access.

. Renewables Information 2005 - This comprehensive review of historical and current market trends in the OECD area brings together essential statistics on renewables and waste energy sources. Visit IEA's Online Bookshop.

. Electricity Information 2005. This latest volume in the series provides a comprehensive review of historical and current market trends in the OECD electricity sector, including 2004 preliminary data. Visit IEA's Online Bookshop.

. Energy Statistics of Non-OECD Countries, 2002-2003 - 2005 Edition. An English/French bi-lingual publication providing data on energy supply and consumption in original units for coal, oil, gas, electricity, heat, renewables and waste for over 100 non-OECD countries. Visit IEA's Online Bookshop.

. Energy Balances of Non-OECD Countries, 2002-2003 -- 2005 Edition. An English/French blingual publication containing data on supply and consumption of coal, oil, gas, electricity, heat, renewables and waste, presented as comprehensive energy balances, expressed in tonnes of oil equivalent for over 100 non-OECD countries. Visit IEA's Online Bookshop.

. Energy Policies of IEA Countries - reports on Australia and the Czech Republic. These are the latest in the IEA's series of peer reviews of energy policies in individual IEA countries. Visit the IEA's Online Bookshop.

. Proceedings of the 8th IEA Heat Pump Conference Global Advances in Heat Pump Technology, Applications, and Markets, Las Vegas (United States), 30 May-2 June 2005. This conference focused on heat pump technologies, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and systems for residential, commercial, industrial and district heating/cooling applications. The proceedings can be ordered through the IEA Heat Pump Centre's website.

. Om IEA Norge - Norwegian readers, visit the new Norwegian-language IEA website portal.

. Out 7 November: IEA World Energy Outlook 2005: Middle East and North Africa Insights. Coverage of domestic energy demand and supply trends for the entire region with special emphasis on Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Libya and Algeria. 500 pages of detailed analysis supported by graphs and tables. Benefit from a 10% discount on orders placed before 31 October 2005. Click to learn more.

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    . 2005 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), Naha, Okinawa (Japan), 9-14 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.

    . Global Cooperation on 1 Watt: A Meeting on Standby Power, Seoul (Korea), 2-4 November 2005. Organised jointly by the IEA, the Korean authorities and the Australian Greenhouse Office, this event on reducing power consumption of equipment in standby mode will focus particularly on the eastern Asia and Pacific regions. It will examine testing, specifications and standards issues, also procurement policies. Click for more information.

    Meeting Our Energy Needs - Driving forward coal's role in a clean, clever and competitive energy future, IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) workshop, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 9 November 2005. This workshop will focus on co-operation between government and industry to promote investment in the coal supply chain and in low-emissions technologies, notably international demonstration of carbon capture and storage technology and channelling modern technology to developing countries. For further information, click here and contact Brian Ricketts at IEA.

    Transportation of Energy by Uitilization of Thermal Energy Storage Technology - Kick-Off Workshop of Annex 18 of the IEA Implementing Agreement on Energy Conservation Through Energy Storage, Bad Tölz (Germany), 14-15 November 2005. This event will focus on the range of different technologies for transporting thermal energy from source to user. Interested parties from industry and academia will showcase plans for future international collaboration on bringing these technologies forward. See website for more information.

    Energy Efficient Tyres: Improving the On-Road Performance of Motor Vehicles, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 15-16 November 2005. Almost 20% of cars' fuel consumption is used to overcome rolling resistance in the tyres. Manufacturers have significantly reduced rolling resistance but today’s high fuel prices underline the desirability of further improvements. This workshop for researchers, manufacturers, and policymakers will examine how rolling resistance is measured and how these measurements translate into reductions in fuel consumption. An extra session of the workshop will examine the feasibility of harmonised efficiency testing procedures for other vehicle components. Click here to learn more.

    Definition Workshop for New Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks R&D, IEA Headquarters, Paris, 24-25 November 2005. This workshop represents the next stage in development of the proposed new IEA international collaboration on Electricity Networks R&D. It will offer national experts and other interested parties the opportunity to review the draft proposal for the programme’s activities, with a view to establishing a workplan and moving further towards implementation. Click to consult the outline proposal and preliminary workshop programme. To learn more about attending this workshop, please contact: janet.o’callaghan@eatechnology.com for further information.

    . European Seminar Offshore Wind and Other Marine Renewable Energy in Mediterranean and European Seas, Civitavecchia, Rome (Italy), 20-22 April 2006. Co-sponsored by the IEA Wind Co-operative Agreement, this event will focus on the promising field of marine energy applications and the fast evolving technologies involved. The goal will be to make a specific and up-to-date review of ongoing activities and programmes and so foster information exchange and promote co-operation.

    Thermal Storage Here and Now - Tenth Triennial IEA Energy Conservation Through Energy Storage Conference on Thermal Energy Storage, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (United States), 31 May-2 June 2006. Topics will include seasonal, diurnal and short-term storage technologies at this event, organised by IEA's Implementing Agreement on Energy Conservation through Energy Storage and the United States Department of Energy. Abstracts are due by 15 October 2005. Click for more information.

    4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting, London (United Kingdom), June 2006. This three-day event, organised by the European Commission in collaboration with other bodies including IEA, will deal with the latest developments in energy and environmental impact of residential appliances and lighting, policies and programmes, also technical and commercial advances in dissemination and market penetration. Click to learn more

    . 8th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-8), Trondheim (Norway), 19-23 June 2006. This latest event in the series organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme will update on recent advances in greenhouse gas control technologies, particularly in industry, and notably on CO2 capture and storage. Visit the programme's website.