OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin

The OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin circulates news of activities, findings, events and publications originating within the IEA Energy Technology Network. Its particular focus is on news from entities coming under the guidance of the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT). Through the OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, the IEA seeks to generate broader cross-fertilisation of energy technology information and ideas among a readership of energy policy-makers and all those concerned with energy technology issues around the globe. The goal is to create wider awareness of advances in energy technology development and deployment associated with the work of the IEA and its Technology Network.

July 2013


  • Transition to Sustainable Buildings - Strategies and Opportunities to 2050 Buildings, the largest energy-consuming sector in the world, account for more than one-third of total final energy consumption and are an equally important source of CO2 emissions. Achieving significant energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector is a challenging but achievable policy goal. Transition to Sustainable Buildings presents detailed scenarios and strategies to 2050, and demonstrates how to reach deep energy and emissions reductions through a combination of best available technologies and intelligent public policy. This IEA study is an indispensible guide for decision makers, providing informative insights on cost-effective options, key technologies and opportunities in the sector. Transition to Sustainable Buildings is part of the Energy Technology Perspectives series – and one of three end-use studies, together with industry and transport – which looks at the role of technologies and policies in transforming the way energy is used.
  • Spotlight on Advanced Metering Infrastructure, AMI Case Book Version 1.0. A recent publication from the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), the lessons learned and best practices presented in the six case studies included in this case book provide qualitative insights into the potential costs and benefits of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and the associated business cases for investment. Each case presented has its own unique set of characteristics and drivers, which is indicative of the diverse range of motivating drivers for smart grid and AMI globally. It follows then that the specific costs, benefits and business cases vary from case to case. Still, there are a number of best practices and common themes emerging from these cases that are likely to be useful for any jurisdiction investigating or deploying AMI. Those common best practices and insights are presented here.
  • Policy Pathways: A Tale of Renewed Cities. Transport currently accounts for half of global oil consumption and nearly 20% of world energy use, of which approximately 40% is used in urban transport alone. The IEA expects urban transport energy consumption to double by 2050, despite ongoing vehicle technology and fuel-economy improvements. While increased mobility brings many benefits, the staggering rate of this increase creates new challenges. Urgent energy-efficiency policy attention will be needed to mitigate associated negative noise, air pollution, congestion, climate and economic impacts, all of which can cost countries billions of dollars per year. This report highlights lessons learned and examples of good practice from countries with experience implementing a wide range of measures to improve energy efficiency in urban transport systems. Part of the IEA Policy Pathway series, A Tale of Renewed Cities sets out key steps in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to achieve improved energy efficiency in urban transport systems.


Two new Tasks from the Solar Heating and Cooling IA (SHC IA):


  • PTT Research and Technology Institute, PTT Public Company Limited, Thailand, has become a Contracting Party in the Advanced Motor Fuels IA (AMF IA).
  • Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning has become a Contracting Party in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (HEV IA).
  • The Principality of Monaco has become a Contracting Party in Ocean Energy Systems (OES IA).
  • International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe) has become a Sponsor in the Hydrogen IA.
  • Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France, has become a Contracting Party in the Hydropower IA.





  • Resources to Reserves 2013, an update to the 2005 edition, investigates whether oil and gas resources can be produced at a reasonable cost and in a timely manner, surveying the cutting-edge technologies needed to find, produce and bring them to the market while protecting environmentally sensitive areas. It also analyses the challenges of greenhouse-gas emissions associated with fossil-fuel production. And it considers technological advances for coal, especially as a potential source of liquid and gaseous fuels, as well as the demands on coal production, where the most attractive reserves may already have been exploited.
  • Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013 assesses market trends for the renewable electricity, biofuels for transport and renewable heat sectors, identifying drivers and challenges to deployment, and making projections through 2018. This IEA report also presents an outlook for renewable electricity technologies, global biofuels supply, final energy use of renewables for heat and prospects for renewable investment.


IEA international collaborative energy technology R&D programmes (also known as Implementing Agreements) function within a framework created by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Views, findings and publications of these programmes do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or of all its individual member countries.

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