About Energy Technology Perspectives

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) analysis offers a comprehensive, long-term view of energy system trends and technologies essential to meet goals for affordable, secure and low-carbon energy.

Energy production and its future

Since it was first published in 2006, ETP has evolved into a suite of publications that sets out pathways to a sustainable energy future in which optimal policy support and technology choices are driven by economics, energy security and environmental factors: 

  • Topic-specific books and papers explore particularly timely subjects or cross-cutting challenges
  • Tracking Clean Energy Progress provides a yearly snapshot of advances in diverse areas, while also showing the interplay among technologies
  • Supported by ETP analysis, the IEA Technology Roadmaps assess the potential for transformation across various technology areas, and outline actions and milestones for deployment

Energy production’s role and impacting energy policy

Collectively, this series lays out the wide range of necessary and achievable steps that can be taken in the near and medium terms to set the stage for long-term energy policy objectives, clearly identifying the roles of energy sector players, policy makers and industry. The 2015 edition examined the role of technology innovation to meet climate goals and the 2016 edition examines urban energy systems.  

ETP collaborates closely with the IEA’s energy technology network (see energy technology initiatives), which gives substantial input to the analysis. There are also workshops with industry and academic partners on specific topics.

The IEA welcomes questions and queries relating to ETP. Please contact etp_project@iea.org.