Russian government and industry representatives are briefed on IEA’s work

10 July 2012

Moscow, Russia. Copyright: GraphicObsession

Over 25 senior representatives from government, industry and research institutes in Russia attended a meeting in Paris on 2 July to learn more about the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) work.

The meeting was organised by the IEA, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation; the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the Russian Energy Agency and RosKon, a Russian consultancy firm.

Those attending the meeting – including Mohammed Zaki, Vice President of Total in Russia, and Dr. Aleksey A. Makarov, Director of the RAS’s Engineering and Ecological Survey – were briefed on the IEA’s work on energy technology based outlooks as well as energy efficiency; a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy.

The first presentation of the day focused on Energy Technology Perspectives 2012, the IEA’s most ambitious publication on new developments in energy technology. This publication, launched last month, states that a host of new technologies is ready to transform the energy system, offering the potential to drastically reduce carbon emissions, enhance energy security and generate a huge investment return.

It explains how to enable and encourage technologies and behaviours that together will revolutionise the entire energy system and unlock tremendous economic benefits between now and 2050.

The Russian government, industry and institute representatives presented their views on global and Russian energy developments and market outlooks.  They were subsequently briefed on the IEA’s Technology Roadmaps.

These global low-carbon energy technology roadmaps, which focus on everything from bioenergy to solar, identify priority actions for governments, industry, financial partners and civil society that will advance technology development and uptake to achieve international climate change goals.

Each roadmap represents international consensus on milestones for technology development, legal/regulatory needs, investment requirements, public engagement/outreach and international collaboration.

The final session of the day focused on the energy efficiency. IEA analysis over the last few years has led to the development of 25 energy efficiency recommendations which identify best-practice, highlighting the opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and policy approaches in each sector to realise the full potential of energy efficiency for IEA member countries.

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