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Free online clean coal technology information

2. Renewable energy policies & measures in global focus
3. Just out: Prospects for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
4. Deploying Climate-friendly Technologies through Collaboration with Developing Countries


. "Our Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development" - IEA Executive Director Claude Mandil addresses environment ministers
. Technology newsletters: Solar heating/cooling; Hybrid & electric vehicles
. Energy-efficient vehicle tyres
. Reducing standby power consumption
. Coal science and technology


. Clean coal technologies
. Act Locally, Trade Globally - Emissions Trading for Climate Policy
. IEA World Energy Outlook 2005: Middle East and North Africa Insights
. Data on fuel-combustion CO2 emissions
. Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Norway, Spain


. Life Cycle Costs of Sustainable Construction, Prague (Czech Republic), 5 December 2005.

. 7th International Conference on Emissions Monitoring, Paris (France), 31 January - 2 February 2006.

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

. 7th European Gasification Conference, Barcelona (Spain), 25-27 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.

1. Free online clean coal technology information. Coal Online offers worldwide access to in-depth, searchable reports on wide-ranging topics associated with coal and its use, notably through clean coal technologies. This major new source of regularly updated authoritative coal information is managed by IEA's Clean Coal Centre Implementing Agreement. Until 31 December 2005, OPEN Bulletin subscribers may download Coal Online's numerous reports in pdf format (instructions below). Thereafter, Coal Online's modules will remain accessible for free in html format. The IEA Clean Coal Centre, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, is one of some forty initiatives active within the IEA's energy technology collaborative programme. View the IEA Clean Coal Centre's latest Newsletter. To download pdf Coal Online reports: click Login on menu-bar, Username: CleanCoalCentre; Password: OPEN (both case-sensitive).

2. Renewable energy policies & measures in global focus. More than one hundred countries are now covered by IEA's new online Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database. Launched at the recent Beijing International Renewable Energy Conference 2005, this freely accessible and flexible tool outlines national renewable energy policies and measures in place. It shows which countries have renewable energy targets and who are market leaders for individual types of renewable energy technology. Searchable by country, by policy type or by renewable energy technology, the database gives the broad picture on progress with deployment of renewables around the world. It covers almost total global renewables supply. The European Commission and the Johannesburg Renewable Energy Coalition are partners in this IEA-led initiative. Visit the Database and view the flyer. Contact IEA with queries.

3. Just out: Prospects for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. In the quest for viable alternative fuels and innovative technologies, hydrogen and fuel cells look like a good longer-term bet, especially for the oil-dependent transport sector. But where does the technology stand? How does it measure up, compared with other solutions? How fast could existing supply infrastructures be transformed? Released today, this new IEA publication provides some long awaited objective analysis on the technology issues and the policy implications associated with the hydrogen and fuel combination as an energy carrier and motor drive for the future. Prospects for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells offers the facts, figures and strategy pointers needed to asses the hydrogen/fuel cells option and help shape energy strategies within an increasingly carbon-conscious world. Visit IEA's Online Bookshop.

4. Deploying Climate-friendly Technologies through Collaboration with Developing Countries. Shifting technology deployment investment from OECD countries to developing countries is certainly a very promising approach in terms of cost-effectiveness. But, as this IEA Information Paper shows, the arguments are not as simple as they may seem. The conditions need to be right in very diverse ways. Efforts on an international scale, moreover, would lead to greater benefits from deployment strategies for clean, more climate-friendly energy technologies. This recently published IEA study feeds into the debate. It draws on model findings and in-depth analysis to present an assessment of the potential technology development gains and economic advantages to be derived from moving OECD-centred technology deployment investments to potentially more cost-effective locations in developing countries. Click to download.

. "Our Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development". Addressing environment ministers in London (United Kingdom) on 1 November, IEA Executive Director Claude Mandil described the energy challenges identified at the July 2005 G8 Summit in Gleneagles. He discussed tools available to meet those challenges and outlined the extensive international programme of energy analysis and information exchange through which IEA is responding to the mandate received from G8 heads of state in Gleneagles. Click for the speech. Consult the IEA's "G8 Update" and its Web pages on the G8 Summit.

. Technology newsletters published by IEA Collaborative R&D Programmes:
- IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, Solar Update No. 44;
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IEA Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement, Newsletter 2005 - Volume 3.

. Proceedings, IEA workshop Energy Efficient Tyres: Improving the On-Road Performance of Motor Vehicles, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 15-16 November 2005. This workshop examined how rolling resistance is measured and how these measurements translate into reductions in fuel consumption. Click to learn more.

. Presentations from Global Cooperation on 1 Watt: A Meeting on Standby Power, Seoul (Korea), 2-4 November 2005. This event on reducing power consumption of equipment in standby mode focused particularly on the eastern Asia and Pacific regions.

. Presentations from 2005 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), Naha, Okinawa (Japan), 9-14 October 2005. This event included a workshop on interactions between gases and coal, organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre, from whose website presentations can be downloaded.

. Presentations from the 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 reviewed current major issues against the backdrop of fast changing coal markets. Click to access the presentations.

. Act Locally, Trade Globally – Emissions Trading for Climate Policy. This new IEA publication analyses the current and future role of emissions trading in climate policy, from the Kyoto Protocol’s flexibility mechanisms to national and regional trading systems. It also looks at implementing emissions trading beyond industrial activities, and explores ways to broaden participation among developing and industrialised countries, taking into account the institutional and energy-sector realities of developing countries. Visit the IEA's Online Bookshop and read the press release.

See also proceedings from the Fifth Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 27-28 September 2005. This fifth annual workshop, organised jointly by the IEA, IETA and EPRI, provided an opportunity to discuss some of the key issues relating to market developments.

. 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. Visit the IEA's Online Bookshop.

. CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 1971-2003 - 2005 Edition. An essential tool for analysts and policy makers, this volume offers data designed to assist in understanding the evolution of these emissions, covering more than 140 countries and regions, by sector and by fuel. Bilingual English/French. Visit IEA's Online Bookshop.

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

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    . Life Cycle Costs of Sustainable Construction, Prague (Czech Republic), 5 December 2005. This workshop will focus on preparation of a planned new project, "Sustainable Construction Based on Life Cycle Costs of New and Existing Buildings", under the aegis of the IEA's Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme. For the Workshop Programme and the new project's work plan, consult the website. For workshop registration, contact Monika Macounová: energetika@cityplan.cz, or for specific information about the proposed project, contact Monika Mechurova: monika.mechurova@cityplan.cz.

    . 7th International Conference on Emissions Monitoring, Paris (France), 31 January - 2 February 2006. Organised under the auspices of the IEA Clean Coal Centre and other bodies, this event will update on relevant technical and institutional developments and on lessons learned in real industrial situations. 0

    . 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.

    . 7th European Gasification Conference, Barcelona (Spain), 25-27 April 2006. Focusing on gasification as an efficient means of converting lower quality fuels into electricity and high quality feedstocks, this event will interest representatives from wide-ranging industries, authorities, utilities, services and the financial community. The IEA Secretariat and the IEA Clean Coal Centre are playing a role in its organisation. Visit the Conference website.

    . 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. 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), 19-22 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.


  • IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme's SHC Solar Award 2006. Nominations are invited for this annual award, which celebrates the work of individuals, companies and private or public institutions committed to increasing expansion of this renewable energy source. Deadline: 15 January 2006. Visit the Programme's website.