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IEA's NEET Initiative to boost energy technology networks worldwide
2. Renewables policies - IEA and REN21 spearhead leadership drive
3. From sewage pipe to home heating in Oslo
4. Coal's long-term role in sustainable development


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- Energy efficiency in the Slovak Republic
- Modelling for mobility
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Forthcoming:
- Energy Technology Perspectives
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- Policies for Energy-Efficient Lighting


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Workshop Fuel Flexibility in Biomass Combustion - The Key to Low Bio-Energy Costs?, Jönköping (Sweden), 30 May - 1 June 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.

. Windsor Workshop - Transportation Technology and Fuels Forum, Toronto, (Canada), 5-7 June 2006.

. Role and Benefits of Electricity to Society - Eurelectric Annual Convention and Conference, Oslo (Norway), 12-13 June 2006.

. 8th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-8), Trondheim (Norway), 19-22 June 2006.

. 13th International Symposium on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Technologies, Seville (Spain), 20-23 June 2006

. 4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting, London (United Kingdom), 21-23 June 2006.

. 25th International Energy Workshop, Cape Town (South Africa), 27-29 June 2006.

. Cooling Cars with Less Fuel, IEA Workshop, Paris (France), 11-12 July 2006.

. G8 workshop Short term Opportunities for CO2 Capture and Storage in the Fossil Fuel Sector, San Francisco (Uited States), 22-23 August 2006.

. Workshop Biofuels and Bioenergy: Challenges and Opportunities, Vancouver (Canada), 28 August - 1 September 2006.

. 6th European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications, Canterbury (United Kingdom), 5-7 September 2006.

. Sixth Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 26-27 September 2006.

. World Forum on Energy Regulation III, Washington, DC (United States), 8-11 October 2006.

. 2nd IEA Workshop on Legal Aspects of Storing CO2, Paris (France), 17 October 2006.

. 27th Annual Conference of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), Lyon (France), 20-22 November 2006 (note changed dates).


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IEA's NEET Initiative to boost energy technology networks worldwide. New York was the scene on 3rd May for the launch of a new IEA initiative: Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology (NEET). Conceived in response to a call from G8 leaders for more productive international partnerships for energy technology information exchange, IEA's NEET Initiative is set to play a catalytic role in optimising worldwide technology collaboration. It is linking existing energy R&D networks, bringing together policy-makers and stakeholders from the financial, business, research and other key sectors, in both IEA countries and major energy-consuming non-IEA emerging economies. The NEET Initiative is scheduling joint energy technology co-operation workshops in various countries between now and end-2008. These events will build on the wide-ranging energy technology expertise of the IEA’s 40 international collaborative R&D programmes and enjoy support from the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership and other likeminded groups. Visit IEA's website for the programme and presentations from the 3rd May NEET launch, on the margins of the 14th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Click for more about NEET.

2. Renewables policies - IEA and REN21 spearhead leadership drive. In line with the spirit of its recently launched NEET Initiative (see above), IEA acts in synergy with many other international efforts that promote development and deployment of renewable energy solutions. An example is its partnership with the Renewble Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), which plays a pivotal role in promoting policy development to speed wider adoption of renewables in economies all around the world. IEA participates in shaping this global forum's programme and provides expertise for REN21 analysis. Created following the Bonn International Conference for Renewable Energies in June 2004, REN21 recently released an encouraging Interim Report on the Implementation of the International Action Programme initiated at that Bonn event. Alongside its activities linking the energy, development and environment sectors, REN21 offers a rich collection of authoritative downloadable literature on its website's virtual library. See: Changing Climates – The Role of Renewable Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World and the multilingual Renewables 2005 – Global Status Report.

3. From sewage pipe to home heating in Oslo. Thanks to a giant heat pump, the district heating system in Oslo (Norway) uses 2400 cubic metres of sewage per hour to heat one million square metres of the city's homes and buildings. The newly installed heat pump is probably the world's largest using un-treated sewage, rainwater and melted snow. Operating with an efficiency ratio of 2.8, it ratchets water temperature up to 90 degrees Celsius. The pump's clean, efficient technology, developed over 15 years, has raised the share of renewable energy input to Oslo's district heating system from 50% to 70%. For more information, consult Planet Ark/Reuters news story, or contact project engineer Vidar Havellen (vh at norconsult dot no), a member of Norway's team in the IEA's Heat Pump Programme (IEA HPP). Some informative policy messages have just been issued by IEA HPP about the potential of heat pumps and their key role in affordable, sustainable energy systems. IEA HPP is one of some 40 IEA international collaborative energy technology R&D programmes.

4. Coal's long-term role in sustainable development. In the coal industry's ongoing drive to align the two goals of commercial viability and sustainable development, many practical steps have proved fruitful, including objective consultation between the industry, governments and other stakeholders. These are key findings from the recently published Case Studies in Sustainable Development in the Coal Industry. The product of a wide-ranging survey among members of the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB), this set of over 50 very diverse case studies illustrates how far the mining industry has advanced along the sustainability path over recent years. It is the third publication in a series initiated in 2002 and offers valuable insight into the benefits of good practice. But it also highlights the need for government leadership and industry commitment if the big challenge of sustainable coal-fired power generation is to be won. To download this publication, visit IEA's website.

. Free energy R&D information e-mail alerts. IEA's Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) now e-mails registered users free alerts on user-defined information selected from a wide variety of energy-related research topics. Updates of newly added records are e-mailed weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually. The ETDE's store of information comprises 3.7 million citations and hundreds of thousands of full-text documents and links to full text. It covers energy policy and planning, environmental impacts, conservation/efficiency, nuclear, renewables and fossil fuels. Another new ETDE feature extends ETDEWEB R&D information searches to 39 other databases and more than 1,700 websites. ETDEWEB is available to IEA member countries and close to 50 non-member countries worldwide. Visit ETDE's website to learn more.

. Technology newsletters from IEA's international collaborative programmes:
- Advanced motor fuels, AMFI Newsletter, Issue No. 1/2006;
- Clean coal, IEA Clean Coal Centre Newsletter, No. 49, March 2006;
- Greenhouse gas R&D, Greenhouse Issues, No. 81, March 2006;
- Solar heating/cooling, Solar Update, Vol. 45, May 2006.

. Summary and presentations from the IEA workshop Renewable Heating and Cooling: from RD&D to Deployment, Paris (France), 5 April 2006. Organised jointly by the IEA's Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies and IEA Implementing Agreement collaborative programmes, this event focused on current technologies, markets and successful policies for renewables heating and cooling.

. Solar Heat Worldwide. This latest survey of markets and contributions to energy supply in 41 countries comes from the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme, one of the Agency's 40 collaborative energy technology R&D programmes.

. Presentations from IEA's European Seminar and Dialogue Oil and Gas Innovation in the Fossil Fuel Future - Brussels (Belgium), 22-23 February 2006. This two-day event notably explored the findings of the recent IEA study Resources to Reserves, Oil and Gas Technologies for the Energy Markets of the Future.

. Energy Policies of IEA Countries – New Zealand – 2006 Review. The latest in the IEA's series of peer review of energy policies in individual member countries. Visit IEA's Online Bookshop.

. Slovak Republic – Energy Policy Review. This publication analyses the energy sector and policies of the Slovak Republic, which has applied for membership of the IEA, and it provides recommendations to the country's government. Visit IEA's Online Bookshop.
See also presentations at IEA/EBRD Side Event on Energy Efficiency in Slovakia: Challenges and Opportunities, Bratislava (Slovak Republic), 28 March 2006.

. Presentations from the IEA Mobility Modelling Workshop, Paris, 10 March 2006 - insight on IEA's analysis regarding options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and employing alternative fuels and technologies in the transport sector.

. Energy-use indicators - view presentations from three days of workshops and training at IEA Headquarters in Paris.
- Introduction to Energy Indicators - 26 April 2006 - focused on: methodology, data requirements and applications of the IEA indicator approach; how to work on indicators in a global context.
- Taking the Energy Indicators Work Forward 27 April 2006 updated on recent indicator activities and reviewed orientations for future work, including activities under the IEA G8 Programme of Work.
- From Macro to Micro Energy Indicators, Data and Methodology Training Session - 28 April 2006 - provided a forum for sharing experience in development of data collection strategies to create solid foundations for producing sound energy indicators.


Forthcoming:  

. Energy Technology Perspectives: Scenarios and Strategies to 2050 - 10% reduction for pre-sale orders placed before 15 June 2006. How much can technology contribute to securing adequate and affordable energy supplies and lower CO2 emissions? This innovative work demonstrates how the different energy technologies can make a difference in a series of global scenarios to 2050. Visit the IEA's Online bookshop.

. Light's Labour's Lost - Policies for Energy-Efficient Lighting (Due out June 2006). This book documents the broad range of policy measures that have already been implemented around the world to stimulate efficient lighting and suggests new ways these could be strengthened.
 

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    . Workshop Fuel Flexibility in Biomass Combustion - The Key to Low Bio-Energy Costs?, Jönköping (Sweden), 30 May-1 June 2006. This workshop will provide participants with insight into considerations determining selection of fuel specification and design of combustion systems. It is organised by task 32 of the IEA Bioenergy Programme in conjunction with the World Bioenergy 2006 Conference and Exhibition on Biomass for Energy. Click to learn more.

    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.

    . Windsor Workshop - Transportation Technology and Fuels Forum, Toronto, (Canada), 5-7 June 2006. Co-organised by IEA, this latest in the series of Windsor Workshops will feature streams on policies/programmes/socio-economic issues, and on vehicle/engine technologies, as well as sessions on hydrogen, fuel cell technologies and biofuel activities. Visit the website.

    Role and Benefits of Electricity to Society - Eurelectric Annual Convention and Conference, Oslo (Norway), 12-13 June 2006. This year's event will focus on the opportunities that electricity offers for action to meet the challenge of developing an energy-efficient, low-carbon, energy-secure and competitive economy. A high-level Executive Forum will discuss the theme "Market Development: Where Do We Stand?" IEA is one of the event's co-operating partners. Visit Eurelectric's website.

    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.

    13th International Symposium on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Technologies, Seville (Spain), 20-23 June 2006. Co-organised by IEA's SolarPACES programme, this event will showcase the latest technological advances in the field of solar thermal electricity production and solar chemical conversion. Visit the SolarPACES website.

    4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting, London (United Kingdom), 21-23 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. Consult the brochure.

    25th International Energy Workshop, Cape Town (South Africa), 27-29 June 2006. With IEA's Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme as a joint organiser, this workshop is a key event for all interested in energy modelling. Visit the IIASA website for further details.

    Cooling Cars with Less Fuel, IEA Workshop, Paris (France), 11-12 July 2006. The goal of this workshop is to identify technologies that will lead to less fuel consumption for cooling motor vehicles. It will place special emphasis on improvements offering benefits that do not appear in conventional fuel economy tests. Visit IEA's website.

    G8 workshop Short term Opportunities for CO2 Capture and Storage in the Fossil Fuel Sector, San Francisco (Uited States), 22-23 August 2006. Organised by IEA, Chevron, USEA, IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, IEA Enhanced Oil Recovery Implementing Agreement, this workshop will address market introduction of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) technologies. It will focus on early opportunities for CCS, and will bring together professionals working in these areas. Serving as platform for information exchange, this will be a preparatory event for a further workshops to be organised in 2007. Visit IEA's website.

    . Workshop Biofuels and Bioenergy: Challenges and Opportunities, Vancouver (Canada), 28 August-1 September 2006. Organised jointly by Tasks 29, 31 and 39 of the IEA Bioenergy programme, this workshop will be co-hosted also by the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Forestry. See preliminary announcement and call for papers, also the Task 39 Web pages.

    . 6th European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications, Canterbury (United Kingdom), 5-7 September 2006. The IEA Clean Coal Centre is playing a programme co-ordination role in this event, which will enable researchers and stakeholders from academia and industry to update on coal technology applications to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. See Conference Announcement and Call for Papers.

    . Sixth Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 26-27 September 2006. This event is organised jointly by the IEA, the International Emissions Trading Association and the Electric Power Research Institute. Visit IEA's website.

    . World Forum on Energy Regulation III, Washington, DC (United States), 8-11 October, 2006. Co-promoted by the IEA, this event will discuss recent developments in the energy industry, new trends in energy regulation, and selected sectoral and regional issues. Visit the Official Site.

    . 2nd IEA Workshop on Legal Aspects of Storing CO2, Paris (France), 17 October 2006. This workshop will address: intellectual property; legal and regulatory frameworks; international environmental protection instruments; level playing fields for carbon capture and storage projects; and public awareness. Visit IEA's website.

    27th Annual Conference of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), Lyon (France), 20-22 November 2006 (note changed dates). This conference is organised by the AIVC, which is part of the IEA Programme on Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems (ECBCS). The event is taking place within the framework of the 4th European Conference on Energy Performance and Indoor Climate in Buildings (EPIC), which will also feature a stream on other ECBCS research projects. The EPIC gathering will target manufacturers, engineers, designers, architects, researchers, real estate managers, policy-makers and standardisation specialists. Click to learn more.