Energy Technology Perspectives 2017

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The global energy system is changing.

More people are connecting to the grid as living standards improve around the world. Demand for consumer appliances and electronic devices is rising. New and innovative transportation technologies, such as electric vehicles and autonomous cars are also boosting power demand.

The International Energy Agency's latest report on energy technologies outlines how these and other trends as well as technological advances play out in the next four decades to reshape the global energy sector.

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ETP 2017 Executive Summaries

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Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2017

Energy systems are undergoing substantial changes. Tracking the progress of clean energy is essential to achieve sustainable, secure and affordable energy and to assess collective progress towards long-term goals.  The IEA’s annual Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP) report highlights the overall status and recent progress in developing and deploying key clean-energy technologies. The report brings together broad IEA expertise, integrating the analysis from the Energy Technology Perspectives as well as the Market Report Series.
Each year, TCEP assesses the latest progress in technology and market developments, tracks overall progress, and recommends further actions. TCEP this year shows that only 3 of 26 identified clean energy technologies are on track to meet a sustainable energy transition (one more than last year). 15 technologies showed only some progress, and 8 are significantly off-track and in need of renewed action.
TCEP 2017 also includes a special section on Tracking Clean Energy Innovation Progress, containing unique information on public and private investment in research, development, and demonstration. The special section highlights that total innovation investment needs to pick up to fulfill its important role of achieving secure and sustainable energy systems and delivering economic growth and reducing air pollution.
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Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 - Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems

Released 1 June 2016

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Cities drive economic growth but can also drive sustainable change. As the share of the world’s population living in cities rises, ambitious action in urban areas can be instrumental in achieving long‑term sustainability of the global energy system – including the carbon emission reductions required to meet the climate goals reached at COP21 in Paris. Support from national governments is a strategic prerequisite for leveraging the potential for sustainable energy technology and policy in cities that too often lies untapped.

With global energy demand set to become even greater over the coming decades, Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 (ETP 2016) looks at the technology and policy opportunities available for accelerating the transition to sustainable urban energy systems. Such potential could be the key to successfully driving an energy transition that many still think impossible, provided that local and national actions can be aligned to meet the sustainability objectives at both levels. Indeed, policies still have a long way to go in this regard: ETP 2016 presents the annual IEA Tracking Clean Energy Progress report, which finds once again that despite some notable progress, the rate of needed improvements is far slower than required to meet energy sector sustainability goals.

By setting out sustainable energy transition pathways that incorporate detailed and transparent quantitative analysis alongside well-rounded commentary, ETP 2016 and its series of related publications have become required reading not only for experts in the energy field, policy makers and heads of governments, but also for business leaders and investors. 

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Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2016

‌‌The annual ‌Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP) report highlights the development and deployment of key clean energy technologies year on year.

An excerpt of the publication Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP), which lays out pathways towards a sustainable energy system in 2050, this comprehensive overview tracks the evolution of select technologies and sectors against the interim 2025 targets of the International Energy Agency (IEA) 2°C Scenario (2DS). Each assessment includes three sections:

- Recent trends discusses the latest progress with reference to technology development and penetration as well as market creation

- Tracking progress includes a quantitative evaluation of progress towards meeting the 2DS

- Recommended actions outlines measures to overcome barriers to meeting the 2DS

TCEP 2016 features some good news: after record growth for the second year in a row, both solar photovoltaic and onshore wind are on track to meet the 2025 2DS targets; the number of electric vehicles passed the 1 million milestone in 2015; and the outlook for nuclear power improved, with the long-term 2DS targets more achievable than previously thought. However, most of the clean energy technologies examined are not on track. Therefore policy makers must build on the momentum from the Paris Agreement at COP21 and accelerate progress to make the technologies the new norm for energy systems.

TCEP 2016 – prepared for the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting where 23 member countries collaborate on solutions to advance clean energy globally – is an integral part of the specific recommendations to governments in ETP 2016 on how to scale up deployment of these key technologies to ensure a secure, clean and competitive energy future.

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016

NETP-2016 coverThe IEA and Nordic Energy Research launched Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016‌ with a first event on 23 May in Stockholm. 

‌Based on the scenarios and analysis of Energy Technology Perspectives, the Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives series assesses how the Nordic region can achieve a carbon-neutral energy system by 2050. This study marks the second edition of the series.

Nordic governments can compare their national climate goals with the contribution required of them in the 2°C world described in Energy Technology Perspectives 2016. The analysis evaluates the region from an external perspective and points to the important role of the Nordic energy system in facilitating the decarbonisation of Europe.

Nordic Energy Research is an intergovernmental organisation supporting and co-ordinating sustainable energy research in the Nordic region.

Click here to download Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016. To sign up to one of the other launch events, order a free hard copy of the report, or download figures from the report, visit

More Data, Less Energy

More Data, Less Energy cover‌The global electricity demand of information communication technology has reached 8% of total final electricity consumption.  This demand is increasing at a much more rapid rate than overall electricity demand.  More than a third of this electricity is used by devices connected to networks in homes and offices.  Most of this electricity is used not to perform any function, but simply being alert in case a signal from the network arrives. 

More Data, Less Energy: Making Network Standby More Efficient in Billions of Connected Devices looks at the rapidly increasing connectivity in a broad range of products, exploring how "everything is becoming smart" and "network-enabled". While consumers are devouring this new convenience and the extra functionality provided by network-enabled devices, the energy waste implications are big and getting bigger.  The book provides an overview of technology and policy options to improve the energy efficiency of network-enabled devices.  ‌ 

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Transition to Sustainable Buildings

Transition to Sustainable Buildings Buildings are the largest energy consuming sector in the world, and account for over one-third of total final energy consumption and an equally important source of carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions. Achieving significant energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector is a challenging but achievable policy goal.

Transition to Sustainable Buildings presents detailed scenarios and strategies to 2050, and demonstrates how to reach deep energy and emissions reduction through a combination of best available technologies and intelligent public policy.     

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