International Energy Agency 9 September 2008
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8th Annual Workshop of Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 22-24 September 2008.

IEA Workshop Revolutionising the Transport Sector, Paris (France), 1 October 2008.

EUROSUN 2008 - 1st International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, Lisbon (Portugal), 7-10 October 2008.

29th AIVC Conference, Advanced Building Ventilation and Environmental Technology for Addressing Climate Change Issues, Kyoto (Japan), 14-16 October 2008.

Second International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2008), Brest (France), 15-17 October 2008.

Long-Term Technology Perspectives in the End-Use Sector - A Strategic-Thinking Workshop, Berlin (Germany), 16 October 2008. 

IEA Workshop Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans, Paris (France), 21 October 2008. 

Workshop on White Certificates: The Italian Experiences Gained in Regulation, Monitoring & Verification and Electricity Market Contexts, Milan (Italy), 22 October 2008

Workshop on Geothermal Sustainability Modelling, Taupo (New Zealand), 10 November 2008.

9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Washington, DC (United States), 16-20 November 2008.

Fourth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future (CCT2009), Dresden (Germany), 18-20 May 2009.

International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage - EffStock 2009 – Stockholm (Sweden), 14-17 June 2009.

 

 1. IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka participates in Hokkaido G8 Summit. “G8 leaders recognise the problems we face and understand the goals we need to achieve", declared IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka at the close of July's G8 Summit in Hokkaido (Japan). “We are honoured”, he continued, “by the important role the G8 has attributed to the IEA and its expertise to help address the world’s energy challenges.”  Since 2005, the IEA has delivered extensive analysis and guidance on scenarios and strategies for a more sustainable energy future, as requested under the G8 Gleneagles Plan of Action.

This year’s G8 Summit declaration pledged maximum implementation of IEA’s 25 energy-efficiency recommendations. Endorsing statements already made by G8 energy ministers in June, it echoed many other IEA recommendations, including commitment to “… increasing investment in both basic and applied environmental and clean energy technology research and development … “. Major countries not members of the IEA were encouraged to deepen dialogues with the IEA, notably through participation in IEA programmes.  Welcoming the latest IEA input of reports, the G8 Summit declaration called for continued co-operative efforts in key areas such as roadmaps for innovative technologies, including carbon capture and storage (CCS), also sectoral indicators of energy efficiency.
 
More highlights from the G8 Summit can be found on the IEA website here. IEA’s overall messages to the Summit can be accessed here. For details on the IEA’s three years of work supporting G8 goals, click here. Some of the IEA’s most recently released downloadable reports to the G8 are presented below and under “More Publications”.  

2. Renewables in reliable power systems. Almost 50% of all CO2 emissions come from the power sector, which is likely to face a doubling of electricity demand over the coming three decades. Substituting renewables for fossil fuels at power stations is already making a difference to power generation’s sustainability rating. And renewables could contribute very much more to cleaning up power systems. Does the variable nature of energy flows from wind, waves or the sun need to be a real issue? Are there some myths to address about renewables’ variability and system reliability. Since much of today’s power transmission hardware is ripe for modernisation, these are now crucial questions for power generators and grid operators. IEA’s new downloadable study Empowering Variable Renewables – Options for Flexible Electricity Systems provides valuable insight on how specific solutions already available today can increase the flexibility of power systems, enabling them to exploit large amounts of climate-benign renewable energy profitably. This report was part of IEA’s input to G8 leaders at their July Summit in Hokkaido (Japan). Download from the IEA’s website.

3. National CHP/DHC profiles.  What role are combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating and cooling (DHC) playing in different countries’ energy systems?  As part of its work for the G8 on analysing national markets, policies and approaches in these areas, the IEA’s International CHP/DHC Collaborative is developing a series of downloadable CHP/DHC Country Scorecards.  These profiles seek to paint a comprehensive picture of how CHP/DHC technology fits into individual countries’ energy economies and climate-change contexts.  Recently released, the first of these focus on Germany, Japan and the United States.  Scorecards on China and India are due out shortly. The IEA’s International CHP/DHC Collaborative was designed to help evaluate experience with these important technologies around the world and provide guidance for optimising them. Download the Country Scorecards from  the Collaborative’s pages on the IEA website (click on “Country Profiles”).
Also recently published, the downloadable IEA information paper Combined Heat & Power and Emissions Trading - Options for Policy Makers presents an overview, for policy makers and other stakeholders, of the key challenges with incorporating CHP into emissions trading schemes (ETS).  It discusses lessons learned and explores ETS design and operational issues. Download from the IEA website.

4. Landfill gas and its potential in India. Landfill gas contains 40%-60% methane, which can be used as an energy source in various ways.  Methane can drive a gas turbine to generate electricity, for instance, or it can fuel boilers to provide heat in industrial plant or to power mechanical processes. Management of landfill gas also promises a number of local health and safety benefits. The IEA’s downloadable study Turning a Liability into an Asset: Landfill Methane Utilisation Potential in India considers whether using landfill gas is a viable option for electricity production in India. The authors look at where India currently stands in relation to energy, waste management and climate change. They discuss the landfill management practices and government subsidies required to optimise landfill methane. They explore planning, funding and project management issues, as well as the potential catalytic role of specific financing mechanisms. Experience in other countries is described and recommendations offered for next steps to enable India to profit economically and environmentally from using landfill methane as an energy source.  Download this study from the IEA website

5. New participants in IEA R&D programmes. More new participants have recently joined IEA Implementing Agreement collaborative energy technology programmes.

  • China has become a Contracting Party in the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research and Demonstration on Advanced Motor Fuels (IEA-AMF). 
  • Poland has become a Contracting Party in the IEA Implementing Agreement for the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEA CCC).
  • Sweden has become a Contracting Party in the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES).
  • Turkish company ORME Jeotermal has become a Sponsor in the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Geothermal Energy Research and Technology (GIA). 

Energy Efficiency Indicators for Public Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels. Drawing on IEA’s major project on indicators of energy use, this 23-page downloadable information paper compares energy efficiency of fossil-fired electricity production in major developed and industrialising countries. It focuses on individual fossil fuels, analyses the sensitivity of the results to some key assumptions and identifies the technical potential for saving fuel and CO2.  These savings potentials from improved efficiency are presented for the OECD region, the non-OECD region and the world as a whole.  Prepared in support of the G8 Plan of Action, this paper can be downloaded from the IEA website.

Review of International Policies for Vehicle Fuel Efficiency. Responding to the G8 request for a review of existing standards and codes for vehicle efficiency, this 53-page downloadable information paper discusses and assesses past and current voluntary-target and regulatory-standard programmes for fuel efficiency. Focusing on G8 countries but also on China, Korea and Australia, it assesses effectiveness and makes recommendations on the relative merits of regulatory against voluntary measures, on the attributes of an effective standard, on standard stringency and on standard-related policies like labelling or financial incentives. It also seeks to make quantitative comparisons, where possible, between fuel efficiency programmes. Download from the IEA website.

Energy Efficiency Requirements in Building Codes, Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings. This 85-page information paper for experts, policy makers and interest groups focuses on building codes and standards in various parts of the world and discusses how far current approaches foster energy efficiency. It describes barriers to energy efficiency in new buildings, explores regulations and looks at investment costs and benefits.  Policy recommendations are offered for improving the current situation in this area of heavy energy consumption. Prepared as part of the IEA’s work for the G8 Gleneagles Plan of Action, the paper can be downloaded from the IEA website.

Thermal energy storage materials.  A seminar in Bad Tölz (Germany) last June examined research needs for energy storage materials and ways of co-ordinating related projects widely dispersed internationally. Organised by the IEA Implementing Agreement on Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES) and the Bavarian Centre for Applied Energy Research, this event in association with the IEA Ad-Hoc Group on Science and Energy Technologies (AHGSET) brought together 80 participants from basic science, applied research and industry in 11 countries. Click to access the seminar’s Executive Summary and presentations now available on the ECES website. ECES is an IEA international energy technology collaboration.  

The IEA Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) has just passed the milestone of four million records in its searchable database. ETDE Chair Brian Hitson declared that this development "further solidifies ETDE's standing as the largest energy RTD information collection in the world." ETDE is one of the IEA energy technology collaborative programmes.

From the IEA Bioenergy website, two recent reports:   Biomass Hot Issue: Smart Choices in Difficult Times (scroll down web page to access); and Gaps in the Research of 2nd Generation Transportation Biofuels. IEA Bioenergy is one of the IEA collaborative energy technology programmes.

Summary and presentations, IEA Energy Technology Roadmap Workshop, 15-16 May 2008. The objective of this workshop was to improve insight and understanding on how best to use energy technology roadmaps as a tool to advance international collaboration on clean energy technology development. Sixty international experts shared experience and discussed approaches to these roadmaps, which can help industry, academia, researchers, civil society and governments to identify and prioritise strategic R&D investment for meeting technology goals. Visit the IEA website.

Summary and presentations, IEA Workshop on Sectoral Approaches to International Climate Policy, 14-15 May 2008. More than 100 participants from industry, government and think-tanks attended this event. They shared perspectives on opportunities and challenges associated with incorporating sectoral approaches into international climate policy, with a particular focus on energy-related emissions. Key discussions focused on enhancing international collaboration to develop, deploy and transfer mitigation-related technologies in key GHG-emitting sectors.  Learn more from the IEA website.

Updated energy policies and measures databases on IEA website. Recently updated, IEA’s online energy policy databases offer freely searchable authoritative information on steps implemented or planned in countries around the world to promote use of renewable energy, foster energy efficiency and combat climate change.  Click to access.
- Global Renewable Energy Policies & Measures Database
- Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures Database
- Addressing Climate Change Policies and Measures Database

Free energy technology newsletters from IEA’s international collaborative programmes: - - AMFI Newsletter - No. 3/2008, July 2008, from the IEA Programme on Advanced Motor Fuels (IEA-AMF).
- IEA Clean Coal Centre Newsletter - No. 56, July 2008, from IEA CCC.
- ENARD Newsletter -  No 4, July 2008, from the IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD).
- IETS Newsletter – No. 1/2008, from the IEA Implementing Agreement on Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems (IETS).

IEA’s Key World Energy StatisticsAt a glance, clearly-presented data on supply, transformation and consumption of all major forms of energy. Download from the IEA website.  For the full range of IEA statistical services and publications, visit the IEA website’s statistics homepage

Renewables Information 2008This latest edition in the IEA’s well known series offers a powerful aid to policy and market analysis. It presents essential statistics on renewable and waste energy sources, providing a comprehensive review of historical and current market trends in OECD countries. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop.

IEA Energy Policies Review – The European Union 2008. This is the first IEA review of the energy policies of the European Union, which is home to nearly 500 million citizens living in the 27 EU member countries.  The authors look at advances in the field of energy security, the internal market and external energy policies, also analysing the impact of the most recent major EU policy measures.  Visit the IEA Online Bookshop.
See the IEA Publications Catalogue for the latest IEA reviews of energy policies in individual IEA countries.

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8th Annual Workshop of Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 22-24 September 2008. Hosted by the IEA, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), this international workshop will provide an opportunity for government, business and NGO stakeholders to discuss some of the key issues relating to international climate policy. Visit the IEA website events pages.

IEA Workshop Revolutionising the Transport Sector, Paris (France), 1 October 2008. This event will bring together policy makers, industry representatives and other stakeholders to present options in the field of electric vehicle-related technologies and identify building blocks for a cost-effective policy framework. Visit the IEA website.

EUROSUN 2008 - 1st International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, Lisbon (Portugal), 7-10 October 2008. Organised by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC), Sociedade Portuguesa de Energia Solar, ISES Europe and other bodies, this event will bring scientists, technicians, architects, engineers and citizens to a platform for presenting the latest technologies from around the world. Visit the conference website.

29th AIVC Conference, Advanced Building Ventilation and Environmental Technology for Addressing Climate Change Issues, Kyoto (Japan), 14-16 October 2008. This conference will bring together researchers and engineers to focus on a wide range of topics relating to building ventilation and environmental technology. The event is organised by the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) in collaboration with the IEA Programme on Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems (ECBCS), of which AIVC is a part. Visit the AIVC website.

Second International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2008), Brest (France), 15-17 October 2008. This event, organised in partnership with the IEA Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (IEA-OES), will bring together producers, engineers and scientists, sea users, energy politicians and planners. Visit the conference website.

Long-Term Technology Perspectives in the End-Use Sector - A Strategic-Thinking Workshop, Berlin (Germany), 16 October 2008.  Organised by the IEA Working Party on Energy End-Use Technologies (EUWP), this workshop will focus on future end-use technologies for energy efficiency, energy security and GHG reduction, on the consequences for future R&D strategies and on the role of international co-operation within the EUWP.  Visit the IEA website. Invitations to this invitations-only event can be requested from Sabine Semke

IEA Workshop Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans, Paris (France), 21 October 2008.  The objective of this workshop will be to encourage development of high-quality energy-efficiency strategies and plans leading to significant improvements in energy efficiency. Early registration is recommended. Visit the IEA website.

Workshop on White Certificates - The Italian Experiences Gained in Regulation, Monitoring & Verification and Electricity Market Contexts, Milan, (Italy), 22 October, 2008. At this workshop, the Italian actors involved in Italy's White Certificates scheme will update participants on experience and achievements during its two years of operation. For details, visit the website of the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme.

Workshop on Geothermal Sustainability Modelling, Taupo (New Zealand), 10 November 2008. Organised under the auspices of the IEA Geothermal Implementing Agreement (IEA GIA), this workshop will feature brief presentations by leading reservoir modellers and sustainability researchers, followed by mediated discussions. Visit the IEA GIA website.

9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Washington, DC (United States), 16-20 November 2008. Organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and with sponsorship from the United States Department of Energy, this is the latest in the series of Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) conferences, created in 1997. Visit the conference website.

Fourth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future (CCT2009) Dresden (Germany), 18-20 May 2009. Organised jointly by the IEA Clean Coal Centre (CCC) and Forschungszentrum Jülich, this fourth topical conference on clean coal technologies will be held in conjunction with the Third International Freiberg Conference on IGCC and XtL. Consult the CCC website for more details.

International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage - EffStock 2009 – Stockholm (Sweden), 14-17 June 2009. Organised by the IEA Energy Conservation through Energy Storage Implementing Agreement (ECES) and hosted by Swedvac, the Swedish Society of HVAC Engineers, this event will aim to encourage awareness and uptake of solutions for energy conservation through energy storage, including seasonal, diurnal and short-term storage technologies.  It will bring together design professionals, government officials, manufacturers, environmental consultants, utility personnel and executives, and academic researchers. Visit the EffStock 2009 conference website.