Tracking Clean Energy Progress released on 25 April is an early except of the forthcoming Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 (ETP2012) (released in June 2012). The report tracks progress in the development and deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies in the power generation, industry, buildings, and transport sectors. Progess is assessed against rates required to achieve a 2oC limit in global temperature rise (referred to as the "2 degree scenario" or "2DS").
The report finds that while some progress has been made, most clean energy technologies are not on track to make their required contribution to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and thereby provide a more secure energy system. It also highlights that getting back on track is possible, if timely and significant policy action is taken.
Progress is evaluated by analysis three main areas:
- Technology progress, using data on technology performance, technology cost, and public spending on research, development & demonstration (RD&D)
- Market creation, using data on government policies and targets, and private investment
- Technology penetration, using data on technology deployment rates, share in the overall energy mix and global distribution of technologies.