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.

Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 - Mobilising Innovation to Accelerate Climate Action

ETP 2015 book cover thumbnailAs climate negotiators continue to work towards a deal that would limit the increase in global temperatures enough to hold global warming below 2 degrees C, interest keeps growing in the essential role technology innovation can and must play in enabling the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Indeed, recent success stories clearly indicate that there is significant and untapped potential for accelerating innovation in clean technologies if proper policy frameworks are in place.

In an especially timely analysis, the 2015 edition of Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP 2015) examines innovation in the energy technology sector and seeks to increase confidence in the feasibility of achieving short- and long-term climate change mitigation targets through effective research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D). ETP 2015 identifies regulatory strategies and co‑operative frameworks to advance innovation in areas like variable renewables, carbon capture and storage, and energy-intensive industrial sectors. The report also shows how emerging economies, and China in particular, can foster a low-carbon transition through innovation in energy technologies and policy. Finally, ETP 2015 features the IEA annual Tracking Clean Energy Progress report, which this year shows that efforts to decarbonise the global energy sector are lagging further behind.

By setting out pathways to a sustainable energy future and by incorporating detailed and transparent quantitative modelling analysis and well-rounded commentary, ETP 2015 and its series of related publications are required reading for experts in the energy field, policy makers and heads of governments, as well as business leaders and investors.

ETP 2015 purchase includes extensive downloadable data, figures and visualisations. 

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