Energy Technology Perspectives 2012
Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) is the International Energy Agency’s most ambitious publication on new developments in energy technology. It demonstrates how technologies – from electric vehicles to smart grids – can make a decisive difference in achieving the objective of limiting the global temperature rise to 2°C and enhancing energy security.
ETP 2012 presents scenarios and strategies to 2050, with the aim of guiding decision makers on energy trends and what needs to be done to build a clean, secure and competitive energy future.
ETP 2012 shows:
• Current progress on clean energy deployment, and what can be done to accelerate it
• How energy security and low carbon energy are linked
• How energy systems will become more complex in the future, why systems integration is beneficial and how it can be achieved
• How demand for heating and cooling will evolve dramatically and which solutions will satisfy it
• Why flexible electricity systems are increasingly important, and how a system with smarter grids, energy storage and flexible generation can work
• Why hydrogen could play a big role in the energy system of the future
• Why fossil fuels will not disappear but will see their roles change, and what it means for the energy system as a whole
• What is needed to realise the potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS)
• Whether available technologies can allow the world to have zero energy related emissions by 2075 – which seems a necessary condition for the world to meet the 2°C target
Global scenarios to 2050 are the backbone of ETP, and the 2012 edition features detailed scenarios for nine world regions.