Publication: Energy Technology Perspectives 2017

Beijing, China: 6 June 2017

The 2017 edition of the Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) publication focuses on the increasing impacts of technological changes on the energy sector, analysing the potential for an accelerated and scaled-up deployment of clean energy technologies and prospects of this path for investment decisions that will shape energy security and environmental sustainability for years to come. This year, the report will be launched in Beijing, China, during the Clean Energy Ministerial 8 (CEM8). 


The global energy system is moving closer to an historic transformation. This year’s edition of the International Energy Agency’s comprehensive publication on energy technology focuses on the opportunities and challenges of scaling and accelerating the deployment of clean-energy technologies. This includes looking at new and more ambitious scenarios than the IEA has produced before.

Energy technology improvements continue to modify the outlook for the energy sector, driving changes in business models, energy demand and supply patterns as well as regulatory approaches. Energy security, air quality, climate change and economic competitiveness are increasingly being factored in by the energy sector’s decision-makers. Energy Technology Perspectives 2017 (ETP 2017) details the impact of these trends and technological advances on the energy sector developments that will shape energy security and environmental sustainability for decades to come. 

For the first time, ETP 2017 looks at how far clean-energy technologies could move the energy sector towards the new climate change ambitions if technological innovations were pushed to their maximum practical limits. The analysis shows that while needing policy support beyond anything seen to date, this could result in greenhouse-gas emission levels that are consistent with the mid-point of the target temperature range of the global Paris Agreement on climate change. The analysis also indicates that regardless of the pathway chosen for the energy sector’s transformation, policy action is needed to ensure that multiple economic, security and other benefits to the accelerated deployment of clean-energy technologies are realised through a systematic and co-ordinated approach. 

ETP 2017 also features the IEA’s annual Tracking Clean Energy Progress report, which shows that the current progress in clean-energy technology development and deployment remains sub-optimal. It highlights that where policies have provided clear signals on the value of technology innovation, progress has been substantial. But many technology areas still suffer from the lack of financial and policy support.

ETP 2017 purchase includes extensive downloadable data, figures and visualisations.

Pre-order the book here.