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. Bioenergy, land use and climate change
2. Marketing energy-saving home renovation
3. Halving carbon emissions from cars: realistic? 
4.
India's industrial sector and energy savings
5. Energy Efficiency Governance Handbook
6.
New IEA international R&D projects, new participants

 

IEA training courses
Industrial energy-efficient drying
Geothermal drilling best practices
Free energy technology newsletters
Wind energy & social acceptance
Clean Energy Technologies Symposium
Climate talks: the road to Durban
CCS technical reports
   


IEA Workshop - Energy Storage: Issues and Opportunities, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 15 February 2011.

IEA Workshop - Renewable Energy–from Analysis to Action - Short-term renewable energy market forecasts and relevant policies to encourage investment now!, Paris (France), 15-16 March 2011.

IEA Wind Special Side Event, 16 March 2011, at the European Wind Energy Conference 2011 (EWEA 2011), Brussels (Belgium).

Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference, Washington, DC (United States), 27-29 April 2011.

2011 IEAGHG Summer School, Champaign, Illinois (United States), 18–22 July 2011.

Fifth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies – CCT2011, Saragossa (Spain),  8-12 May 2011. 

10th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Tokyo (Japan), 16–19 May 2011.

2nd Oxyfuel Combustion Conference, Queensland, (Australia), 12-16 September 2011.

IEA Workshop on Quantifying and Managing Land Use Impacts of Bioenergy, Campinas (Brazil), 19-21 September 2011.

17th SolarPACES Conference - Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, Granada (Spain), 20-23 September 2011.
 

Heat Pumps: call for Rittinger Award candidatures. The IEA Heat Pumping Technologies Programme (IEA HPP) seeks candidates for the 2011 Rittinger International Heat Pump Award.


1. Bioenergy, land use and climate change. The debate over food versus fuels remains a hot topic. It involves complex environmental and socio-economic factors. Issues are wide-ranging and many different arguments arise. While virtually all bioenergy systems can offer big greenhouse gas reductions when replacing high-emissions fossil-based alternatives, the question gets complicated when there are changes in the use of land. And it becomes yet more complicated when effects of those changes can be both direct and indirect.
Some down-to-earth analysis on the connection between bioenergy and changes in land use can be found in a newly released strategy paper Bioenergy, Land Use Change and Climate Change Mitigation. Published by IEA Bioenergy, this 20-page policy guide answers the key questions and offers a set of policy recommendations. The authors point reassuringly to the feasibility of growing food, fibre and bioenergy crops together in integrated production systems, thus mitigating displacement effects and improving the productive use of land. The publication offers links to two online models for exploring policy, technology and climate options. IEA Bioenergy is an IEA international energy technology collaborative programme.

2. Marketing energy-saving home renovation. Reducing energy consumption in buildings is a crucial and affordable way to tackle climate change and reduce energy bills. In theory, many countries have vast potential for reducing energy use in existing building stock. Technical solutions are available to carry out the necessary advanced housing renovation. How can market uptake of advanced renovation projects be accelerated? How can private and public actors join forces to make it happen? Which strategies work best? Answers can be found in the report From Demonstration Projects to Volume Market - Market development for advanced housing renovation, published by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC), Task 37 on Advanced Housing Renovation with Solar and Conservation. This 87-page report provides insight for policy makers and other decision takers on what drives the market, what are the barriers and what are the critical success factors in each phase of market expansion. IEA SHC is an IEA energy technology collaboration. For other recent reports from IEA SHC, visit its web pages.

3. Halving carbon emissions from cars:  realistic?  Is halving new cars’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 a realistic goal?  And could all cars’ emissions be halved by 2050?  Yes, according to the study 50 by 50, Prospects and Progress, just released by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI), in which the IEA is a partner.  Drawing on research and development conducted over the past year, the report finds that the technology is certainly available to design and produce new cars emitting much less CO2. But the author recommends that countries lagging behind in developing national fuel economy initiatives should be pro-active. They should ensure the necessary fiscal and regulatory environments are in place to encourage manufacturers to use new technology to improve fuel economy and not produce heavier or higher-performance vehicles. The GFEI report, which also presents assessments of progress to date in reaching the ’50 by 50’ goal, can be downloaded from the website of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, which was launched in 2009.  Visit the Global Fuel Economy Initiative website to learn more about the ’50 by 50’ campaign.

4. India's industrial sector and energy savings. India is the world's fourth largest industrial energy consumer. Its industrial sector accounts for close to 40% of the nation's final energy use. To play its part in the worldwide drive to significantly reduce CO2 emissions by mid-century, India will need to ensure that rapid economic growth over the coming 40 years results in only a very small increase in those emissions. What combination of options can deliver large cuts in energy consumption and emissions in India’s industrial sector while safeguarding continued economic growth and alleviation of energy poverty? This question is addressed in Energy Transition for Industry: India and the Global Context. It is the latest in the IEA's series of information papers discussing industrial-sector energy and CO2 emissions savings potential, based on best available technologies. It looks at IEA scenarios for India’s industrial sector and further develops analysis published in the India chapter of Energy Technology Perspectives 2010. The paper explores the implications of achieving deep industrial-sector energy and CO2 cuts in India, but also globally.

5. Energy Efficiency Governance Handbook. Few would disagree that greater energy efficiency is a top short-term priority to tackle global climate change while boosting energy security and economic growth. It is an urgent priority, calling for interaction between government, energy efficiency stakeholders and the private sector. The right technology and market mechanisms are crucial. But so are legal, institutional and co-ordination structures shaped to spur the energy efficiency effort forward. What do we know about these energy efficiency governance requirements? Responses are to be found in the IEA's recently published downloadable Energy Efficiency Governance Handbook.
Designed for government officials, energy efficiency practitioners and stakeholders, it offers guidance, applicable in different countries, on establishing effective structures to support national and sub-national energy efficiency policy implementation. Drawing on the experience of hundreds of energy efficiency experts around the world, it presents a summary of findings from the IEA energy efficiency governance project. Full findings are downloadable in the 226-page detailed report Energy Efficiency Governance. Both publications have been funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

6. New IEA international R&D projects, new participants. The portfolios of IEA Implementing Agreement collaborations evolve constantly to meet new challenges. New participants join their teams.

• The IEA Heat Pump Programme (HPP) announces four new projects:
- Annex 36 - Quality installation and maintenance.
- Annex 37 - Demonstration of field measurements on heat pump systems in buildings - Good examples with modern technology.
- Annex 38 - Systems using solar thermal energy in combustion with heat pumps.
- Annex 39 - A common method for testing and rating of residential HP and AC annual/seasonal performance.

New projects within the IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement programme (IEA HIA):
- Task 29 - Distributed and Community Hydrogen - will work to further optimisation and replication of green hydrogen within distributed and community energy systems, identifying situations where use of hydrogen is appropriate and assessing benefits.
- Task 30 - Global Hydrogen Systems Analysis - will perform analysis to support informed decisions leading to more sustainable clean energy systems, focusing notably on analytical studies on supply, demand, emissions and costs.

• New projects within the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC):
- Task 45 - Large Systems: Large Solar Heating/Cooling Systems, Seasonal Storage, Heat Pumps - will focus on developing a stronger, more sustainable market for large solar heating and cooling systems, addressing cost effectiveness, high performance, reliability and matching systems to local needs.
- Task 46 - Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting - will  address four basic objectives to increase understanding of solar resources: evaluation of solar resource variability; standardisation and integration procedures; improved procedures for short-term solar resource forecasting; and  advanced solar resource modeling procedures.
- Task 47 - Solar Renovation of Non-Residential Buildings - will develop a solid knowledge base on how to renovate non-residential buildings to address near-zero energy buildings standards in a sustainable and cost efficient way and address the most important market and policy issues.

IEA training courses. The IEA offers a broad range of training courses, designed for government officials and key stakeholders in all countries. Training modules include energy technology policy and collaboration, modelling, roadmaps, carbon capture and storage and renewable energy. Courses can be custom-designed/scheduled to meet requirements (e-mail for more information).  Download the newly published brochure, IEA Energy Training and Capacity Building 2011, and visit the IEA website's Energy Training and Capacity-Building pages. 

Industrial energy-efficient drying and dewatering technologies. Five new reports can be downloaded from Annex X of the IEA Implementing Agreement on Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems (IETS). Download the reports:  Drying and dewatering of sludge (22 pages); Dewatering of bark (18 pages); Superheated steam drying of biofuels (7 pages); Superheated steam drying for sludge and related applications  (20 pages);  Superheated steam drying of sludge (7 pages).  IETS is one of 41 IEA international collaborative energy technology R&D programmes.

Handbook of Best Practices for Geothermal Drilling - This 84-page report from the IEA Geothermal Implementing Agreement (GIA) presents a description of the complex process that comprises drilling a geothermal well. Its detailed chapters on various aspects of the process (casing design, cementing, logging and instrumentation, etc) focus on techniques and hardware that have proved successful in geothermal reservoirs around the world. GIA is an IEA international collaborative energy technology R&D programme.

Free energy technology newsletters from IEA programmes.
- Greenhouse Issues – No. 100, December 2010 – from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG).
- Mapping and Benchmarking Newsletter - Issue 4, January 2011 - from the IEA programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E).  
- Solar Update – Vol. 53, January 2011 – from the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). 
- IEA Bioenergy News - Volume 22(2), December 2010 – from IEA Bioenergy
- IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter - Issue 26, December 2010 – from the project on Commercialising Liquid Biofuels from Biomass within the IEA Bioenergy programme.

Social Acceptance of  Wind Energy. This state-of-the-art report from Task 28 of the IEA Wind programme (IEA Wind) presents 92 pages of current knowledge. Answering the questions “What do we know and what do we need to know?”, it draws on material from ongoing research on social acceptance of wind energy projects, available results, information on documented projects and educational material. Visit the website of IEA Wind Task 28 for this and other reports, including individual country reports. IEA Wind is an IEA energy technology collaboration.

Presentations from the Clean Energy Technologies Symposium, Singapore, 2-3 November 2010.  Co-organised by the International Energy Agency and the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, this event sought to raise awareness among interested governments and industry in Asia of the IEA’s ongoing work on clean energy technologies and to promote collaborative activities. It featured presentations by representatives from IEA Implementing Agreement collaborations and a discussion on the International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform.  Download the presentations and other material from the IEA website

Climate change talks: the road to Durban – IEA expert Richard Baron assesses the recent UN conference in Cancun and outlines priorities for countries to address ahead of the South Africa summit in December. Visit the IEA website.

Carbon capture and storage technical reports published by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) are available to participants in this programme and can be requested by e-mail.

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IEA Workshop - Energy Storage: Issues and Opportunities, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 15 February 2011. This workshop is the third in a series of events designed to examine strategic, cross-cutting energy technology, policy, or related issues identified by the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT). Visit the IEA website.

IEA Workshop - Renewable Energy–from Analysis to Action - Short-term renewable energy market forecasts and relevant policies to encourage investment now!, Paris (France), 15-16 March 2011. How can the key stakeholders – Finance, Policy and Industry - work together to deliver contributions expected from renewables to energy security and climate-change mitigation? Answers to that urgent question will be sought at this IEA workshop, organised by the IEA Renewable Energy Working Party (REWP) and the Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (RETD) Implementing Agreement. Invitations can be requested from the IEA Secretariat.  Visit the IEA website events pages. The RETD programme is an IEA international collaboration.

IEA Wind Special Side Event, 16 March 2011, at the European Wind Energy Association Annual Event (EWEA 2011), Brussels (Belgium). Organised by the IEA Wind Energy programme (IEA Wind), this three-session event will present the IEA programme’s work on:  Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects; Cost of Wind Energy; Cold Climate Research; Aerodynamic Research; Codes for Designing Offshore Wind Projects; and Grid Integration Issues. Open to EWEA 2011 exhibition pass holders and conference attendees. Access the day's agenda on the IEA Wind website.

Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference, Washington, DC (United States), 27-29 April 2011.  Co-sponsored by the Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement programme (OES-IA), this event  will offer attendees the chance to expand their networks of international experts and government leaders, explore and exchange knowledge on best management practices, discuss financing and regulatory drivers and learn about policies supporting industry growth.  Visit the conference website.

2011 IEAGHG Summer School in Champaign, Illinois (United States), 18–22 July, 2011. Organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG) and hosted by the Sequestration Training and Education Program, this summer school targets young scientists with backgrounds in engineering, geo-technologies, socio-economics, who will meet world experts on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Visit the IEAGHG web pages.

Fifth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies – CCT2011, Saragossa (Spain),  8-12 May 2011.  Organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre and the Instituto de Carboquímica (ICB), Saragossa, on behalf of the Grupo Español del Carbón, this event  covering  clean coal technologies, developments in carbon capture and zero emissions technologies will provide an international networking opportunity for multiple stakeholders.  Visit the conference web page.

10th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Tokyo (Japan), 16–19 May 2011.  Taking as its theme “Heat Pumps - The Solution for a Low Carbon World”, this event will focus on heat pumps, air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Under the auspices of the IEA Heat Pump Programme (HPP), it is designed for those interested in technical, market, policy and standards information. Visit the conference website. The IEA Heat Pump Programme is one of the IEA international energy technology collaborations.

2nd Oxyfuel Combustion Conference, Queensland, (Australia), 12-16 September 2011.  Organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme in partnership with the Callide Oxyfuel Project Ltd. and Xstrata Coal, this event will build on the success of the 2009 event. A central theme will be “Retrofitability of Oxyfuel Combustion Technology to Existing Power Plant”.  Visit the conference page on the website of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG), one of the IEA international collaborations.

IEA Workshop on Quantifying and Managing Land Use Impacts of Bioenergy, Campinas (Brazil), 19-21 September 2011.  Organised jointly by IEA Bioenergy Tasks 38, 40 and 43, this workshop will be hosted by the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory. Visit the IEA Bioenergy Task 40 webpage and download the announcement.

17th SolarPACES Conference - Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, Granada (Spain), 20-23 September 2011. Organised by the IEA SolarPACES programme and hosted by CIEMAT, this major event will offer a forum for industry, research, politics and financing stakeholders to meet leading world experts within the framework of a scientific conference programme. Visit the conference website. The SolarPACES programme is an IEA international collaboration.

Peter Ritter von Rittinger International Heat Pump Award - Nominations sought. The IEA IEA Heat Pumping Technologies Programme (IEA HPP) seeks candidates for the Rittinger award, which recognises deserving individuals or teams that have distinguished themselves in advancing heat pumping technology applications, market development and related dissemination activities with lasting international impact. Click to read more.