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Roadmaps topic: Technology Roadmaps

There is a pressing need to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy technologies in order to address the global challenges of energy security, climate change and economic growth. This challenge was acknowledged by ministers from G8 countries at their meeting in June 2008 in Aomori, Japan where they declared the wish to have IEA prepare roadmaps to advance innovative energy technology. It was reconfirmed by IEA member countries.

To achieve this ambitious goal, the IEA is developing a series of global low-carbon energy technology roadmaps covering the most important technologies. The IEA is leading the process, under international guidance and in close consultation with government and industry. The overall aim is to advance global development and uptake of key technologies to reach a 50% reduction in energy-related CO emissions by 2050. The roadmaps identify priority actions for governments, industry, financial partners and civil society that will advance technology development and uptake to achieve international climate change goals.

The vision for each of the IEA's roadmaps is based on the ETP 2°C Scenario (2DS). This scenario describes how technologies across all energy sectors may be transformed by 2050 to give an 80% chance of limiting average global temperature increase to 2°C. The 2DS sets the target of cutting energy-related CO emissions by more than half by 2050 (compared with 2009) and ensuring that they continue to fall thereafter.     

Each roadmap represents international consensus on milestones for technology development, legal/regulatory needs, investment requirements, public engagement/outreach and international collaboration. The following low-carbon technology roadmaps are now available:

The IEA has shared the roadmaps as input to a number of international for a, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism discussions, the Major Economies Forum on Energy & Climate and Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The roadmaps were featured in the Energy Technology Perspectives publication.  Based on its experience, and to respond to requests for guidance, the IEA has developed an overview guide to developing and implementing Energy Technology Roadmaps that can be used by government and corporate stakeholders to use roadmaps as a strategic planning tool.

The first series of IEA technology-specific roadmaps are international in scope. Developing country and technology-specific roadmaps provide an opportunity to adapt IEA analysis, methodology and tools to regional context and objectives.  The IEA is working closely with countries to support their national roadmap efforts including the

In 2012, the IEA International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform launched a new initiative called the “How2Guide” that seeks to build on the IEA internationally-focused technology roadmaps and how-to-guide. This initiative's goal is to develop technology-specific policy and methodology guidance for roadmap development at the national level. 

The IEA is currently developing How2Guides for the following technologies and systems:

  • Smart Grids in Distribution Networks
  • Wind Energy
  • Bioenergy for Heat and Power

For more information on the IEA Technology Platform and its How2Guide initiatives, please visit this website.

For the latest on IEA energy technology activities and findings, subscribe to the free OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin.

To review the significant recent achievements of IEA’s multilateral technology initiatives, consult Energy Technology Initiatives

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Roadmaps publications list



Title Year Type Topic
Technology Roadmap: Solar Photovoltaic Energy - 2014 edition 2014 Free clean energy technologies, Renewables, Solar power, Climate change, Scenarios
Technology Roadmap: Solar Thermal Electricity - 2014 edition 2014 Free Clean Energy Technologies, Renewables, Solar Power, Climate change, Scenarios
Technology Roadmap: A Guide to Development and Implementation - Chinese version 2014 Translation: Technology
Technology Roadmap: A Guide to Development and Implementation 2014 Free Clean energy technologies
Technology Roadmaps: How2Guide for Wind Energy Roadmap
Development and Implementation
2014 Free Global engagement, Technology roadmaps, Wind
Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage 2014 Free Clean energy technologies, Technology roadmaps, Energy storage
Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficient Building Envelopes 2013 Free Buildings, Energy efficiency, Technology roadmaps
Technology Roadmap: Wind Energy - 2013 edition 2013 Free Climate change, Clean energy technologies, Renewables, Wind
Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage 2013 2013 Free Clean energy technologies, CCS
Technology Roadmap: Energy and GHG Reductions in the Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes 2013 Free Industry, Hydrogen, Chemicals
Technology Roadmap: Energy and GHG Reductions in the Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes - Portuguese version 2013 Free Industry, Hydrogen, Chemicals
Technology Roadmap: Low-Carbon Technology for the Indian Cement Industry - Foldout 2013 Foldout Clean energy technologies, Cement
Technology Roadmap: Low-Carbon Technology for the Indian Cement Industry 2013 Free Clean energy technologies, Cement, Industry
Technology Roadmap: Solar Photovoltaic Energy - Foldout - Chinese version 2010 Translation: Solar
Technology Roadmap: High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Coal-Fired Power Generation 2012 Free Clean coal technologies, Coal, CCS
Technology Roadmap: Hydropower - Foldout 2012 Report Hydropower
Technology Roadmap: High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Coal-Fired Power Generation - Foldout 2012 Free Clean coal technologies, Coal, CCS
Technology Roadmap: A Guide to Development and Implementation - Russian version 2012 Translation: Technology
Technology Roadmap: China Wind Energy Development 2050 - Summary - Chinese 2011 Translation: Wind
Technology Roadmap: Concentrating Solar Power - Foldout - Chinese version 2012 Translation: Solar
Technology Roadmap: Hydropower 2012 Report Hydropower
Technology Roadmap: A Guide to Development and Implementation - Arabic version 2011 Translation: Technology
Technology Roadmap: High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Coal-Fired Power Generation - Chinese version 2012 Free Clean coal technologies, Coal
Technology Roadmap: Fuel Economy of Road Vehicles 2012 Free Energy efficiency, Transport
Technology Roadmap: Fuel Economy of Road Vehicles - Foldout 2012 Free Energy efficiency, Transport
Technology Roadmaps: Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles - Chinese version 2011 Translation: Transport
Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage - Chinese version 2010 Translation: CCS
Technology Roadmap: Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles - Foldout - Chinese version 2009 Free Electric
Technology Roadmap: Smart Grids - Foldout - Chinese version 2011 Translation: Smart grids
Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications - Chinese version 2011 Translation: CCS
Technology Roadmap: Nuclear Energy - Chinese version 2012 Translation: Nuclear
Technology Roadmap: Cement - Foldout - Chinese version 2009 Translation: Cement
Technology Roadmap: Nuclear Energy - Foldout - Chinese version 2010 Translation: Nuclear
Technology Roadmap: Smart Grids - Chinese version 2011 Translation: Smart Grids
Technology Roadmap: Concentrating Solar Power - Foldout 2010 Free Solar
Technology Roadmap: Solar Photovoltaic Energy - Foldout 2010 Free Solar
Technology Roadmap: Wind Energy - Foldout 2009 Free Wind
Technology Roadmap: Solar Heating and Cooling 2012 Free Solar heating, Solar cooling
Technology Roadmap: Solar Heating and Cooling - Foldout 2012 Free Solar heating, solar cooling
Technology Roadmap: Bioenergy for Heat and Power - Foldout 2012 Country Review (Book) Bioenergy
Technology Roadmap: Bioenergy for Heat and Power 2012 Free Bioenergy
Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport - Chinese version 2012 Translation: Biofuels, Transport
Technology Roadmap: China Wind Energy Development 2050 - Chinese version 2011 Translation: Wind, China
Technology Roadmaps: China Wind Energy Development Roadmap 2050 2011 Free Wind, China
Technology Roadmap: CCS in Industrial Applications - Foldout - Chinese version 2011 Translation: CCS, Industry
Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications - Foldout - Chinese version 2011 Translation: CCS
Technology Roadmap: CCS in Industrial Applications - Foldout 2011 Free CCS, Industry
Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications 2011 Free CCS
Technology Roadmap: Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (EV/PHEV) 2011 Free Transport
Technology Roadmap: Geothermal Heat and Power - Foldout 2011 Free Geothermal
Technology Roadmap: Geothermal Heat and Power 2011 Free Geothermal
Technology Roadmap: Energy-efficient Buildings: Heating and Cooling Equipment 2011 Free Sustainable buildings, Clean energy technologies, Energy efficiency
Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport - Foldout 2011 Free Biofuels, Transport
Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport 2011 Free Biofuels, Transport
Technology Roadmap: Smart Grids 2011 Free Smart grids
Technology Roadmap: Smart Grids - Foldout 2011 Free Smart grids
Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage - Foldout 2010 Free CCS
Technology Roadmap: Nuclear Energy - Foldout 2010 Free Nuclear
Technology Roadmap: Nuclear Energy 2010 Free Nuclear
Technology Roadmap: Solar Photovoltaic Energy 2010 Free Solar
Technology Roadmap: Concentrating Solar Power 2010 Free Solar
Technology Roadmap: Cement - Foldout 2009 Free Industry
Technology Roadmap: Cement 2009 Free Industry, Cement
Technology Roadmap: Wind Energy 2009 Free Wind
Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage 2009 2009 Free CCS
Technology Roadmap: Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles - Foldout 2009 Free Transport
Technology Roadmap: Wind (foldout) 2009 Free Wind
Energy Technology Roadmaps: G8 Status Report 2009 Free G8
CO2 Capture and storage: A key carbon abatement option
Energy Technology Analysis
2008 Study (book) CCS