1. IEA welcomes new Deputy Executive Director Richard H. Jones. On 1 October, the International Energy Agency welcomed its new Deputy Executive Director, Ambassador Richard H. Jones, a career diplomat of the United States Senior Foreign Service. Succeeding Ambassador William Ramsay, another former United States career diplomat, Ambassador Jones has notably served as Ambassador in Israel, Kuwait, Kazakhstan and Lebanon. He has wide experience in the energy field from these and other strategically important postings. The OPEN Bulletin put some questions to Ambassador Jones on current energy technology hot topics. Access the interview here. Consult also the IEA’s press release on Ambassador Jones’ appointment.
2. Fast-track policies for deploying renewables. The potential contribution of renewables to a carbon-free, energy-secure future is huge. All renewable energy sources will have roles to play, whether the technologies for exploiting them are mature and commercially available, or just emerging from the laboratory. But effective government policies are urgently needed to address frequently encountered non-economic barriers like difficult grid access or poor market design. Which policies work best to help speed renewables into the market mainstream? IEA’s new study Deploying Renewables: Principles for Effective Policies addresses these questions and comes up with plenty of answers. Covering 35 countries (all OECD and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and a large portfolio of renewable energy technologies for electricity, heating and transport, this publication offers valuable advice to designers of policy tools all around the world. Visit the IEA’s Online Bookshop. An associated brochure can be downloaded from the IEA website.
3. Optimising industry’s separation systems. Industrial systems for separating materials and phases can account for up to 70% of both capital costs and operating outlay. Fuelling these processes weighs heavily on corporate balance sheets but also leaves a large environmental footprint. Are some fresh approaches to energy efficiency needed? Annex IX of the IEA programme on Industrial Energy-Related Technology and Systems (IETS) is developing some important new perspective here. Focusing on "Energy Efficient Separations Systems: Methodological Aspects, Demonstration and Economics", IETS Annex IX is taking stock of separation systems state of the art, with a view to shaping more suitable tools and concepts for analysing efficiency levels. Dr Alain Legault of Natural Resources Canada and Professor Ricardo Rivero of Mexico’s Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo (IMP) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México are the managers of this project. Their article for the OPEN Bulletin discusses their work. Click here to access.
4. CCS: from vision to reality. Without a rapid turnabout, the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions could grow 130% by mid-century, a far cry from the 50% reduction advocated by authoritative scientists to keep rises in global temperature below 3o C. IEA analysis identifies CO2 capture and storage (CCS) as the only available technology that can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from large-scale use of fossil fuels by removing CO2 and storing it in deep geological layers to prevent release into the atmosphere. In power production, fuel transformation and industry, CCS alone could achieve one-fifth of a 50% cut in emissions by 2050 against today’s levels.
But what will it take to make CCS technology an operational weapon against climate change? Valuable up-to-date insight is provided in the IEA’s comprehensive new study CO2 Capture and Storage: A Key Carbon Abatement Option. Drawing on worldwide expertise, this timely release presents more than 250 pages of facts, figures and analysis. It discusses technicalities, costs, ways to mobilise funding, regulatory, legal and public-awareness issues, as well as research, development, urgently needed demonstration and the implications for policy and international collaboration. The concluding detailed roadmap explains the steps to be taken if CCS is to make a difference in today’s carbon-threatened world. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop.
5. New IEA international R&D programmes, new participants. The portfolios of IEA Implementing Agreement collaborations evolve continuously to meet new challenges. Here are some recently created projects.
• The IEA Demand-Side Management Programme's new Task XXI on Standardisation of Energy Savings Calculations will focus on existing energy saving calculation (ESC) standards and standards under development. Visit the IEA-DSM website.
• Efficient motor systems
is the focus of a newly created project within the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E
). The goal of the 4E Motor Systems Annex
is to promote harmonisation of standards and to promote high-efficiency electric motors in appliances.
Annex IV on transmission systems is the latest addition to the projects initiated by the IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD).
• The workplan for the recently launched IEA project on fuel and technology alternatives for buses can now be accessed on the website of the IEA Advanced Motor Fuels programme (IEA AMF). This Annex XXXVII of IEA AMF has been created in collaboration with IEA Bioenergy and the IEA Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement. Click to learn more.
New participants in IEA programmes.
• Canada has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E).
• The Canadian Geothermal Association (CanGEA) has become a Sponsor in the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Geothermal Energy Research and Technology (IEA-GIA).
China has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research and Development on Advanced Materials for Transportation Applications (AMT).
India has become a Contracting Party to the IEA Implementing Agreement on a Co-operative Programme on Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors.
Italy's Ente per le Nuove Technologie, l’Energia et l’Ambiente (ENEA) has become a Contracting Party to the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Energy Technology Systems Analysis (ETSAP).
Malaysia has become a Contracting Party to the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Photovoltaic Power Systems (IEA-PVPS). This is Malaysia's first participation in an IEA Implementing Agreement collaborative programme.
• South Africa has become a Contracting Party in two IEA programmes: the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE); and the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Technologies Relating to Greenhouse Gases Derived from Fossil Fuel Use (IEA GHG).
• Spain has become a Contracting Party to the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Geothermal Energy Research and Technology (IEA-GIA) and the Geothermal Group of the Spanish Renewable Energy Association (GG-APPA) has become IEA-GIA's newest Sponsor.
• Sweden has become a Contracting Party to the IEA Climate Technology Initiative Implementing Agreement (CTI).
6. Poland becomes 28th IEA member country. The International Energy Agency (IEA) is pleased to welcome Poland as it 28th member country. Poland’s membership became official on 25 September 2008. “We warmly welcome the Polish accession”, declared IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka. The country has worked hard to rapidly restructure the country’s energy policies and programme, and to transform its energy sector into a market-oriented one that is based on the principles reflected in the IEA Shared Goals.” See the IEA press release.