• International Conference on Coal Science & Technology (ICCS&T), Cape Town (South Africa), 26-29 October 2009.
• Workshop on Managing the Carbon Balance in Freshwater Reservoirs, Lyon (France), 27 October 2009.
• 10th Climate Technology Initiative Seminar on Programmatic Approaches of JI and CDM - Business Opportunities for Emission Reduction, Zeuthen (Germany), 2-3 November 2009.
• From Roadmaps to Implementation - Workshop of the IEA Experts' Group on R&D Priority Setting and Evaluation, Paris (France), 2-3 November 2009.
• IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme Workshop PVPS@PVSEC-19, Jeju (Korea), 10 November 2009.
• Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Workshop - Grid Connected Vehicles and Renewable Energies – Exploring Synergies, Fredericia (Denmark), 23-24 November 2009.
• 18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Essen (Germany), 16-21 May 2010.
• 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), 19-23 September 2010.
• EUROSUN 2010 - International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, Graz (Austria), 28 September - 1 October 2010.
• 8th International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings, Liege (Belgium), 13-15 December, 2010.
1."Responding to energy challenges in partnership" was the theme of this year's IEA Ministerial Meeting in Paris, a theme that found strong resonance in confirmations of robust commitment to stepping up international collaboration to steer the energy sector onto a tenable path.
Marking the IEA's 35th anniversary, the 14-15 October Ministerial brought together the 28 IEA countries, but also China, India and Russia. As representatives from these three partner nations took their seats – for the first time together at an IEA Ministerial – a new phase opened in the IEA's engagement with them to speed the transition to a more secure, more sustainable, cleaner energy future. Joint statements from the IEA and partner countries underlined both common objectives and proposed joint action.
The Ministerial Communiqué and its Action Plan stressed the importance of "...international efforts to improve energy efficiency and accelerate research, development and deployment of a wide spectrum of low-carbon technologies." It asked the IEA to "...develop its proposals to create a low-carbon energy technology platform in concert with other countries and relevant international organisations so that IEA Member countries can lead and support efforts to accelerate the development and spread of such technologies." The Communiqué referred also to plans for a new IEA Training and Capacity Building Programme. The collected documentation issuing from the 2009 IEA Ministerial, including Chinese-language and Russian-language joint statements, can be downloaded from the IEA website. See below for key IEA publications launched at the IEA Ministerial.
2. Pathways to energy-sector sustainability. If low-carbon, affordable energy is to become a global reality, energy technology will be at the heart of the transition. But which are the key innovative technologies? And what impact could each technology have on CO2 emissions and energy security? This year’s IEA Ministerial Meeting saw the launch of IEA’s Energy Technology Roadmaps. The first of these focus on some of today’s high-profile technologies: carbon capture and storage; wind energy; electric/plug-in hybrid vehicles; efficient cement-industry processes and solar concentrating power. More are in preparation. Tom Kerr is the co-ordinator of the IEA Secretariat’s multi-year roadmaps project. The OPEN Bulletin asked Tom Kerr about the IEA’s roadmaps and what they can achieve. Access the interview. Download the Energy Technology Roadmaps from the IEA website.
3. How the Energy Sector Can Deliver in Copenhagen. Also presented at this year's IEA Ministerial was a downloadable climate excerpt from the forthcoming 2009 IEA World Energy Outlook (WEO). In the lead-up to the December climate talks in Copenhagen, this foretaste of the IEA's WEO climate-change analysis is intended to feed into the debate. This year's WEO will contain pioneering comprehensive analysis taking into account the impact of the financial
and economic crisis on the energy sector and associated CO2 emissions. The 50-page excerpt sets out the latest greenhouse-gas emissions trends, with regional and national profiles, and it outlines measures conducive to the necessary stabilising of concentrations of greenhouse-gas emissions in the atmosphere at 450-ppm CO2-equivalent. Click to download the WEO excerpt.
4. From energy indicators to energy policy. Energy efficiency is a powerful tool to reduce energy costs, strengthen energy security and curb CO2 emissions. It enhances competitiveness and consumers’ wellbeing. But just how much energy do people and industry use? And what does that add up to in CO2 emissions? Twenty-seven pages of concise answers can be found in the downloadable IEA publication Towards a More Energy Efficient Future – Applying Indicators to Enhance Energy Policy. This latest fruit of the IEA’s energy-indicators analysis reviews energy use by sector and by energy source. It focuses on manufacturing, households, services, passenger transport, freight transport and electricity generation, extracting pointers for sound policies, along with the underlying statistics. Visit the IEA website's energy indicators pages.
Exploiting energy from the desert.
How can the desert regions of the world contribute to fast-growing global energy needs? In a major way, according to a recent report from the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems programme (PVPS IA). The report, Energy from the Desert – Very Large Scale Photovoltaic Systems: Socio-economic, Financial, Technical and Environmental Aspects, considers that substantial benefits can be expected from very large-scale photovoltaic power generation systems and that these can soon become economically and technically feasible. It discusses the economic, social and environmental benefits of very large-scale solar electricity generation from abundant, inexhaustible clean energy to be found in the world's desert regions. Based on the work of PVPS IA Task 8, the report provides a comprehensive analysis of all the major issues, discussing also such questions as electricity transmission and storage, water pumping, water desalination, irrigation, agriculture, community development and socio-economic development. Download the 30-page Executive Summary from the website of the PVPS IA, one of the IEA international collaborative programmes.
6. IEA countries' track records under the microscope. Two new IEA books released for the IEA's 14-15 October Ministerial assess the performance of the Agency’s 28 member countries in meeting their energy-sector objectives.
Taking a broad, 35-year perspective spanning the IEA’s entire history, the IEA Scoreboard 2009 - 35 Key Energy Trends over 35 Years selects a corresponding 35 energy policy themes and looks at how policy approaches have been aligned with the IEA nations’ “Shared Goals”. Both success stories and missed opportunities are highlighted, especially in efforts to diversify the energy mix, promote non-fossil fuels and foster research and development. The study’s 146 pages offer both a concise overview of energy developments in IEA countries and a rich resource of energy-related statistics for over 140 countries, economies and regions around the globe. To order, visit the IEA Online Bookshop.
Also released at the recent IEA Ministerial, Implementing Energy Efficiency Policies - Are IEA Member Countries on Track? zooms in on what many see as the first high-potential steps towards more secure, more sustainable energy supplies. The authors check IEA countries’ implementation of the IEA's 25 multi-sector energy efficiency recommendations, which could reduce global CO2 emissions by 8.2 gigatonnes per year by 2030. For some readers, this 128-page book may well be a sharp wake-up call, especially where transport policies are concerned. To order, visit the IEA Online Bookshop.
New participants in IEA collaborative energy R&D programmes
• China has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research and Development on Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems (ECBCS).
• Finland has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research, Development, Demonstration and Promotion of Heat Pumping Technologies (Heat Pump Centre).
• Bioenergy - the Impact of Indirect Land Use Change
. This downloadable 20-page report from the IEA collaborative programme on bioenergy (Bioenergy IA
) contains the summary and conclusions from a Bioenergy IA workshop in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) on 12 May 2009. The event's purpose was to take stock of the rapidly evolving international debate on bioenergy and land use. The report, along with workshop presentations, can be accessed on the website of the Bioenergy IA
, one of the IEA international energy technology collaborative R&D programmes
• Free downloadable energy technology newsletters from IEA international collaborative R&D programmes.
- Greenhouse Issues - No. 95, September 2009 - from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (GHG IA).
- IA-HEV Newsletter - Issue 2009-2, October 2009 - from the International Energy Agency
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement programme (IA-HEV).
- PV Power - Issue 31, September 2009 - from the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS IA).
• CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion - Highlights, 2009 Edition. To help inform the debate in the lead-up to December's UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen, the IEA offers 124 pages of downloadable information on how much CO2 is emitted, and from where geographically around the globe. This is a free downloadable excerpt from the IEA's regular statistical publication CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2009, due out this November. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop's statistics publications pages.
• Presentations from the 9th Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 14-15 September 2009. This ninth event in the series brought together representatives of government, business and other stakeholders to discuss key climate policy issues and topics relevant to a post-2012 agreement in Copenhagen. Visit the IEA website's Events Pages.
• Presentations and recording from IEA Web Conference on What is Required for CCS Site Handover?, 22 September 2009. This webinar organised by the IEA in Paris focused on when and how responsibility and liability regarding a CCS storage site can be handed over to a public authority. Visit the IEA website's Events Pages.
• Presentations from the CCS Roundtable Workshop, Warsaw (Poland), 18 June 2009. This event drew more than 50 attendees from the mining, utility, oil & gas and finance sectors, national government, NGOs, research institutes and the European Commission. The roundtable enabled the IEA to engage on global CCS developments with key stakeholders from the region. Visit the IEA website's Events Pages.
• Presentations from the IEA Expert Round Table on Energy Efficiency Indicators in the Residential Sector, Moscow (Russia), 28-29 September 2009. Organised by Russia's Federal Agency for Science and Innovation (FASI), its Federal State Statistics Service (RosStat) and the IEA, this event was the second in a series of expert-level meetings focusing on Russia's work on developing energy efficiency indicators. Visit the IEA website's Events Pages.
• Presentations from the workshop Energy Technology Roadmaps as an Instrument for Developing Long-Term Foresights and S&T Policy in the Field of Energy Technologies, Moscow (Russia), 22-23 June 2009. This event was organised by the Federal Agency for Science and Innovation of the Russian Federation (FASI) and the IEA. The presentations, including Russian-language versions, can be accessed on the IEA website's Events Pages.
• Presentations from the EUWP Workshop on Electricity in the Future Transport System, Stockholm, Sweden: 17 September 2009. This workshop was organised by the IEA Working Party on Energy End-Use Technologies (EUWP) to discuss the IEA R&D programmes in relevant areas and to enable the EUWP to advise the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT) on necessary initiatives. Visit the IEA website's Events Pages.
• Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Spain - 2009 Review - the latest in the IEA's series of reviews of energy policies in individual IEA countries. Download the Summary. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop. See also a recent downloadable IEA Information Paper Lessons Learned from the Energy Policies of IEA Countries, which offers a wide perspective on how today's policy issues are being addressed by different IEA member countries.
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• International Conference on Coal Science & Technology (ICCS&T), Cape Town (South Africa), 26-29 October 2009. Co-sponsored by the IEA Clean Coal Centre, this conference will provide the technical community with an opportunity to share knowledge in their respective clean-coal technology fields. Visit the conference website.
• Workshop on Managing the Carbon Balance in Freshwater Reservoirs, Lyon (France), 27 October 2009. This event, organised by the IEA Hydropower Implementing Agreement as part of the 26-28 October HYDRO 2009 International Conference and Exhibition, will focus on background, experience and findings to date within the programme's project on emissions from freshwater reservoirs. It will be open to all HYDRO 2009 participants. See Session 20 on the conference programme.
• 10th Climate Technology Initiative Seminar on Programmatic Approaches of JI and CDM - Business Opportunities for Emission Reduction, Zeuthen (Germany), 2-3 November 2009. Organised by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI), one of IEA's energy technology collaborations, this seminar will focus on developing programmatic Joint Implementation and Clean Development Mechanism opportunities in eastern Europe and in some of the successor states of the former Soviet Union republics. Visit the CTI website.
• From Roadmaps to Implementation - Workshop of the IEA Experts' Group on R&D Priority Setting and Evaluation, Paris (France), 2-3 November 2009. This workshop will examine the tools that energy technology roadmaps provide, explore necessary steps for implementation and look at strategies for enhancing international energy technology collaboration. Consult the Events Pages on the IEA website. Invitations can be requested from Carrie Pottinger at IEA.
• IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme Workshop (PVPS) PVPS@PVSEC-19, Jeju (Korea), 10 November 2009. Organised by the IEA PVPS Programme in conjunction with the 19th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference and Exhibition, this workshop will focus on information exchange on the status and prospects of PV power generation in different countries. Visit the IEA PVPS programme's website.
• Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Workshop - Grid Connected Vehicles and Renewable Energies – Exploring Synergies, Fredericia (Denmark), 23-24 November 2009. This workshop is organised by the Annex XV Group on Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) of the IEA Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Implementing Agreement (IA-HEV). It will look at how different regions and jurisdictions around the world will provide/acquire power to/from these vehicles and how they will manage other impacts and benefits. Download the workshop information. Visit the website.
• 18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Essen (Germany), 16-21 May 2010. This event for decision takers in politics, industry, research and finance will cover wide-ranging scientific, technological, deployment and policy questions relating to the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in a sustainable energy economy. The conference, which builds on previous conferences dating back to 1976, will feature a training and information session on hydrogen and fuel cells. The IEA Implementing Agreement on Advanced Fuel Cells is represented in the event’s organisation team. Visit the conference website.
• 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), 19-23 September 2010. This tenth conference in the series organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG) will provide a platform for discussion on finding opportunities to implement greenhouse gas mitigation technologies and overcome the barriers to applying these technologies. Visit the conference website.
• EUROSUN 2010 - International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, Graz (Austria), 28 September - 1 October 2010. Organised by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC), ISES and other bodies, EuroSun2010 will enable participants to exchange and discuss the latest R&D results and learn more about problems and their solution. Visit the conference website.
• 8th International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings, Liege (Belgium), 13-15 December 2010. Organised by the Thermodynamics Laboratory and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Management of the University of Liege in close co-operation with the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme (ECBCS), this event will enable researchers and specialists in buildings and in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems simulation to present papers and discuss the latest developments. Visit the conference website.