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Welcome to the archives of the IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, a free newsletter from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and its Committee on Energy Research and Technology. The OPEN Bulletin provides regular updates on activities within the IEA's energy technology and R&D community that are contributing to energy security and protection of the environment and climate worldwide.


No.8, 17 December 2002


1. Renewables Information 2002 - Free of charge, a new IEA statistical publication.

2. Modelling to assess longer-term energy policy options - a joint European Commission /IEA project.

3. Korea fosters voluntary energy-efficiency and CO2 improvements.

4. Promoting energy-efficiency in Central and Eastern Europe.

5. CO2 capture in coal-fired power plants - IEA programmes join feasibility study.

6. Upcoming Events

7. Publications and websites:

Renewable Energy in the Mediterranean -- Renewables in Global Energy Supply -- Biomass Combustion & Co-firing -- Clean Vehicles -- The IEA and Transport -- The Kyoto Protocol in 2002 & Opportunities for Coal -- Free On-line Energy-Efficiency and Demand-Side Management Database -- Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy/Distributed Generation in the Baltics -- Energy Policies in the United Kingdom -- Energy Policies of 13 IEA Countries.


1. Renewables Information - Free of charge, a new IEA statistical publication. The IEA is renowned for its authoritative statistical publications on a diversity of energy subjects. Addressing the growing need for accurate data on how renewable energy markets are developing in response to policy supports, this volume contains over 160 pages of information on use of renewables and wastes in the OECD region. It takes a by-country perspective, but also analyses each of the various types of renewable energy and power generating capacity. Essential reading for policy-makers, but also the broad range of actors in this fast expanding segment of the energy market, the book can be obtained free of charge from the IEA Bookshop at: A pdf version can be downloaded at:
Renewables statistical tables can also be accessed via the data base at:

To download a nine-page IEA fact sheet, Renewbles in Global Energy Supply, covering both the contribution of renewables in the total energy supply and the role that renewable energy plays in world electricity production:

2. Modelling to assess longer-term energy policy options - a joint European Commission/IEA project.
Since April 2001, the EC/IEA ACROPOLIS project has been exploring the future role of new energy technologies in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. By comparing results of different modelling exercises, it works to identify common messages that can inform policy-making about the most promising climate response options. The project is examining four different types of policy likely to foster development and market penetration of sufficient low-carbon technologies to reduce greenhouse emissions. Sophisticated simulation methods explore the impact of these government policies on CO2 emissions, but also on total energy system costs, total primary energy supply, electricity generation capacity and the share of different technologies in power generation and energy use. Learn more about the project and its findings from the website of ACROPOLIS (Assessing Climate Response Options through POLIcy Simulations):

3. Korea fosters voluntary energy-efficiency and CO2 improvements.
At present, almost thirty non-governmental organisations are participating in Korea's "Green Energy Family" programme. Aimed at a broad span of energy-consuming activities, the scheme features low-interest loans, technical and advisory support on demand-side management and energy use patterns, as well as publicity assistance. News of how Korea is setting an example here has reached an international readership thanks to the columns of InfoPoint Energy Efficiency, the newsletter of CADDET Energy Efficiency, an information centre operating within the IEA's framework of international energy technology collaboration programmes.
To access the article:
For more about CADDET Energy Efficiency and InfoPoint Energy Efficiency: See also CADDET Renewables at: To read about the IEA's collaborative framework:

4. Promoting energy-efficiency in Central and Eastern Europe.
Encouraging people to use more energy-efficient electrical appliances is a high-profile issue everywhere, and particularly in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, a number of which are targeting European Union (EU) membership. A suggested Action Plan to stimulate and accelerate the implementation of relevant policies for energy efficient appliances in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe was recently presented by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) at a workshop in Berlin. The 15 November gathering, organised jointly by CTI and the German Energy Agency, enabled policy-makers, representatives from policy implementation agencies and international bodies to compare notes on current appliance policy in participating countries and discuss promising pathways for the future. The relevant legal, market and policy issues all came in for scrutiny. To access the presentations and the report on Implementing EU Appliance Energy Efficiency Policy in Central and Eastern European Countries:
Meanwhile, this year's Climate Technology Initiative Awards have gone to contestants from El Salvador and India. See:

5. CO2 capture in coal-fired power plants - IEA programmes join feasibility study.
Alongside the United States' Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme and the IEA Clean Coal Centre have joined the Canadian Clean Power Coalition for this study to assess methods for retrofitting CO2 capture equipment to coal-fired power plants. In later phases, the Canadian Coalition hopes to demonstrate retro-fit to a power plant and, ultimately, construction of a new prototype "greenfield" plant. For the Canadian Clean Power Coalition press release: See also the Canadian Clean Power Coalition's website:
The two IEA programmes function within the Agency's framework for international energy technology collaboration. See:

6. Upcoming Events
  • Experience Curves: A Tool for Energy Policy Analysis and Design - Workshop at IEA Headquarters, Paris, France, 22-24 January 2003. Experience curves can be a powerful analytical tool to understand the effect of market deployment on cost reduction and technology performance improvement. Organised jointly by the European Commission and the IEA, this workshop will explore past achievements and future prospects with experience curves as an aid to energy policy-making, drawing on case studies in various different energy spheres. For more information:
    Attendance is by invitation, by request to:

  • Natural Gas Conference on Security of Gas Supply and Investment, Moscow, Russia, 13-14 March 2003. Organised by IEA with the Russian Ministry of Energy and OAO Gazprom, this conference will address the changing structure of natural gas supply and demand worldwide, and the implications for security of supply, investment and technology. By invitation only, it is planned for high-ranking gas company executives, representatives from governments and international bodies, regulatory authorities and the banking community.
    See prospectus:
    Invitations can be requested from:

  • 20th Anniversary Windsor Workshop, "Towards Sustainable Transportation", Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2-5 June 2003. Co-sponsored by the IEA, this event will enable international experts from the public and private sectors to compare experience, share information and consider future developments in all aspects of transport: research, policy, fuel supply and vehicle manufacturing.
    Invitation letter:
    Call for papers:
    Abstracts submission:

  • Coal - Contributing to Sustainable World Development - 12th International Conference on Coal Science, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 2- 6 November, 2003. Organised jointly by the IEA, the IEA Clean Coal Centre and the hosts, the Australian Institute of Energy, this event will offer a broad technical program of plenary lectures and oral and poster presentations on advances in coal science. Also on the agenda are tours of major export, mining, and research facilities in Queensland and Southern Australia. For more information:

7. Publications & websites
  • Renewables Energy in the Mediterranean - a website that shows how developing a renewable energy market in the Mediterranean can help provide least-cost solutions to this region's sustainable development needs:

  • Renewables in Global Energy Supply. This nine-page IEA fact sheet provides concise insight into both the contribution of renewables to the total energy supply and the role that renewable energy plays in world electricity production.
    To download:

  • Handbook of Biomass Combustion and Co-firing. Combustion technologies throughout the world play a major role in producing energy from biomass. This handbook provides general and technical information that may help to accelerate the market introduction of improved combustion systems. According to the authors at the IEA Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy, it is the first publication to cover both the theory and applications of biomass combustion and co-firing. International academics and industrial experts from all over the world, representing decades of research experience, industrial applications and education, have contributed to the handbook.
    To learn more and order, click on Handbook at:
    For the Bioenergy Programme's website:

  • Clean City Vehicles with a Special Focus on Developing Countries - proceedings of the workshop on Clean City Vehicles, Paris, September 24 - 25, 2002. This event was planned to bring developing countries and industrialised countries together to discuss the role of new transport technologies in successfully tackling urban air pollution, CO2 emissions and energy use. To access the presentations, click on "Agenda" on the background paper at:

  • The IEA and Transport - a new website bringing readers up to date on IEA and OECD work to help improve energy efficiency in the transport sector. Transport accounts for nearly 60% of oil consumption in the OECD countries and the sector is central in the drive to reduce oil dependency and greenhouse gas emissions. For the latest on targeted IEA international R&D programmes, publications and events relating to the transport sector:

  • The Kyoto Protocol in 2002 - Opportunities for coal - October 2002. Published in October 2002, this report looks at the flexibility mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol and the implications for consumption of coal. It is available free of charge from the IEA Clean Coal Centre and can be downloaded at: (click on "What's New").

  • Free On-line Energy-Efficiency and Demand-Side Management Database (INDEEP). The aim of this internet database is to provide information that will improve the effectiveness of utility and government implementation of end-use energy programmes. It is provided by the IEA's Demand-Side Management Programme at:
    See also the website of the Demand-Side Management Programme:

  • Accelerating the Deployment of Renewable Energy / Distributed Generation in the Baltics, Riga, Lativia, 10-11 October, 2002. The presentations can be accessed at:

  • Energy Policies of IEA Countries - United Kingdom 2002 Review. The latest IEA peer review of energy policies in a Member country:

  • Energy Policies of IEA Countries - 2002 Review. A compendium of summaries of in-depth IEA energy policy reviews on Denmark, Germany, Greece, Korea, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States; also shorter standard reviews on Canada, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. For more information and order form: