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  • Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report (Report) May 2018

    This joint tracking report provides the most comprehensive look available at the world’s progress towards global energy targets on access to electricity, clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2018/May/Tracking-SDG7-The-Energy-Progress-Report

  • Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition (Report) April 2018

    This report, prepared jointly by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), identifies key barriers and highlights policy options to boost renewable energy deployment. Read more: https://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Apr/Renewable-energy-policies-in-a-time-of-transition

  • Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050 (Report) April 2018

    Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to meet the decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals set out in the Paris Agreement, says Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050. Read more: ...

  • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Pakistan (Report) April 2018

    The report presents options to strengthen Pakistan’s policy, regulatory and institutional framework for renewables. It suggests ways to strengthen renewable energy targets, examines the constraints of existing grid infrastructure, highlights the best mechanisms to reduce costs and ease technical challenges, and underlines the potential for private investment in renewables for off-grid and rural electrification. Read more: ...

  • Taking Sustainable Cooling to the Next Level (Article) April 2018

    Cooling has become an essential part of human needs: we need it to cool our buildings, our food, our medicine. At the same time, covering the rising cooling demand while also keeping our planet cool is becoming a challenge. Already today, refrigeration and comfort cooling consume staggering amounts of energy and cause 10% of global CO2 emissions. And the demand for cooling is rising exponentially as the world population grows and more people...

  • HFC Phase-down Makes District Cooling “Hotter” (Article) April 2018

    As agreed and formalized in October 2016 in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the production and consumption of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) used as refrigerants in air conditioners and chillers will be phased down. This is not only important for fighting climate change, but it also provides a great opportunity to promote district cooling. Download the full article: [pdf 577.91 KB] This...

  • Freezing in the tropics: Asean’s Air-con Conundrum (Executive Summary) (Article) April 2018

    The rapid rise in Asean’s electricity demand in recent years has led to a surge in CO2 emissions and pollutants that threaten to create an environmental crisis for a region already vulnerable to the impact of extreme weather and poor air quality. Download the full article: [pdf 1.28 MB] This article was published in the APUEA Magazine No.1/2018. See the full magazine on...

  • Filinvest & ENGIE jointly invest 26M€ brownfield District Cooling system in Northgate Cyberzone Filinvest City, Philippines (Article) April 2018

    This DCS commissioned in July 2017, a first in the country, will produce 42 MWcool (12,000RT) of cooling Energy to supply within Northgate Cyberzone, owned by CPI, the existing 11 buildings, plus 7 additional buildings to be built between 2018 and 2020. The total GFA cooled by the DCS by end 2020 will be 410,000 m2. Additional potential customers such as Hotels or Community Malls will also be able to connect to the DCS in the future. Download the...

  • Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Cities (Article) April 2018

    If like me you live in a city, your average day may look much like mine: I wake up in the morning, commute to work, spend a day at the office, return home, and switch off the lights to sleep. At each step, I interact with services powered by energy. From transport and street lighting to heating and cooling in buildings, what supports my day-to-day life are energy services accessed locally. My most immediate relationship with energy is therefore at the...

  • Johnson Controls Provides Green Heating Solutions by Recovering Waste Heat (Article) April 2018

    In 2015, China’s Northern region district heating reached 8.5 billion square meters and consumed heating energy of 185 million metric tons of standard coal equivalent, which almost doubled from 2005 and is still increasing. Coal represents about 90% of the district heating energy consumed in Northern China, or approximately 166 million tons per year, contributing to the serious air pollution in the region. Download the full article: [pdf...

  • DC… stands for Disseminate and Communicate (Article) April 2018

    “Why will I pay for something that I do not use?!” this is the common recurring question most district cooling companies are asked by their customers. Most frequently asked in the winter, when most end-users switch off their air conditioning system, yet they have to pay for the fixed monthly fees, more commonly known as the capacity charges. Download the full article: [pdf 706.68 KB]This article was published in the APUEA Magazine No.1/2018....

  • Accelerating District Cooling in Asia – Advancing Carbon Emissions Reductions in Hottest Energy Markets (Article) April 2018

    District energy systems, a more sustainable way of heating and cooling buildings, have been around for more than 120 years, however, they are only now getting their day in the sun. From Paris and Copenhagen to Singapore and Dubai, more cities are deploying the tried-and-tested technology to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions. Download the full article: [pdf 1.07 MB] This article was published in the APUEA Magazine No.1/2018. See the...

  • Energy Transition Pathways for the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific: Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development 2018 (Paper/ Study) April 2018

    This report undertakes an in-depth analysis to first determine the level of achievement is possible under the current policy regime by developing a baseline. It then identifies the gap between the baseline and the 2030 targets to inform policymakers the additional efforts and resources that would be needed to adequately achieve SDG7 targets as well as the NDC targets for the energy sector. Finally, different transition pathways have been...

  • Integrating South Asia’s Power Grid for a Sustainable and Low Carbon Future (Report) April 2018

    This report examines the status and prospects of CBET in South Asia, the benefits generated and how these are distributed across the three pillars of sustainable development. It focuses on the potential of CBET to help the countries of the subregion deliver against the Sustainable Development Goals and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in support of the Paris Agreement. Read more: ...

  • Statistical Perspectives 2018: Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific (Guidebook/ Handbook/ Manual) April 2018

    The “Statistical Perspectives 2018: Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific” is a statistical overview of progress on energy in the Asia-Pacific region created especially for the Second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum, and as a follow-up document to the Initial “Statistical Perspectives: Focus Areas for Realizing Enhanced Energy Security”, which was produced in preparation of the First Asian and Pacific Energy Forum held in 2013. Read more:...

  • APUEA, Issue 1, 2018 (Magazine) March 2018

    In the APUEA Magazine, we provide insights into the important role of local governments in urban energy innovation, overviews of district energy solutions, discussions of the challenges of promoting district cooling, and introductions to successful district cooling projects in the region. Click here to read the full Magazine online    Download:  [pdf 16.3 mb] Order Hard Copy

  • Biogas for domestic cooking: Technology brief (Paper/ Study) December 2017

    This technology brief provides technical background information, analyses market potential and barriers, and offers insights for policy makers on biogas for domestic cooking. Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2017/Dec/Biogas-for-domestic-cooking-Technology-brief

  • Accelerating Urban Energy Systems in the Asia Pacific Region (Presentation) November 2017

    This presentation is provided by Mr. Mikael Jakobsson, Executive Director from the Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA) to give an introduction of APUEA. It is presented at the International District Cooling & Heating Conference, 24th-25th October 2017, in Doha, Qatar. Click...

  • Turning to renewables: Climate-safe energy solutions (Paper/ Study) November 2017

    The Paris Agreement has called for reducing carbon emissions worldwide. But to sufficiently limit the rise in global temperatures, energy use would have to be completely decarbonised in less than 50 years, even amid the expected tripling of the world’s economy by 2060. This means renewable energy – already growing fast over the past decade – must grow at least seven times faster. This set of briefs, prepared by the International Renewable...

  • Accelerating renewable mini-grid deployment: A study on the Philippines (Report) October 2017

    Consultations in the Philippines have called for “establishing an enabling environment for mini-grids” to expand energy access and increase national energy security based on renewable sources and technologies. Read more:...

  • Electricity storage and renewables: Costs and markets to 2030 (Report) October 2017

    Battery electricity storage is a key technology in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy system. Battery systems can support a wide range of services needed for the transition, from providing frequency response, reserve capacity, black-start capability and other grid services, to storing power in electric vehicles, upgrading mini-grids and supporting “self-consumption” of rooftop solar power. Read more:...

  • Powering Cities in the Global South: How Energy Access for All Benefits the Economy and the Environment (Paper/ Study) September 2017

    This working paper is part of the larger World Resources Report Towards a More Equal City, which views sustainability as composed of three interrelated issues: the economy, the environment, and equity. It is concerned with the challenge of expanding access to energy in the growing cities of the global South. More specifically, it asks, How can cities in the global South provide cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable energy services to the...

  • Boosting global PV markets: The role of quality infrastructure (Guidebook/ Handbook/ Manual) September 2017

    As solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems become increasingly competitive, continued market growth depends on assurances of performance and durability. Quality assurance protects and accelerates future PV investments, lowers capital costs, improves performance, extends module lifespans and lowers the resulting electricity costs. Read more:...

  • Geothermal power: Technology brief (Report) September 2017

    This technology brief from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides technical background information, analyses market potential and barriers, and offers insights for policy makers on geothermal power generation. Successive technology briefs have highlighted a wide range of renewable energy solutions. Each brief outlines technical aspects, costs, market potential and barriers, combined with insights for policy makers on how to...

  • Nepal Energy Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map (Report) August 2017

    This report on Nepal's energy sector highlights key development constraints, government plans, and assesses support from development partners such as ADB. This publication highlights Nepal’s energy sector performance, major development constraints, and government development plans and strategy. It outlines the future support strategy of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) whose main focus is to make the country’s energy sector a key driver of...

  • Geographic Information System-Based Decision Support System for Renewable Energy Development: An Indonesian Case Study (Report) August 2017

    A case study in Bali, Indonesia features the use of a GIS-based decision support system as a potential tool to support rapid deployment of renewable energy technologies. The Asia and Pacific region is blessed with abundant renewable energy resources. Ironically, 420 million of its people still have no access to electricity, which makes tapping renewable energy an urgent necessity. The GIS-based decision support system (DSS) is a tool designed...

  • World Energy Balances: Overview (2017 edition) (Statistics) August 2017

    World Energy Balances 2017 offers final and complete energy balances for 1971 to 2015, with supply estimates for 2016, by country and region. It contains detailed data on the supply and consumption of energy for 150 countries and regions, including all OECD countries, over 100 other key energy producing and consuming countries, as well as world totals. The book includes graphs and detailed data by country for all energy sources – coal, gas,...

  • Renewables Information: Overview (2017 edition) (Statistics) August 2017

    Renewables Information 2017 includes detailed renewables and waste data by country and by product for OECD countries up to 2015, with provisional data for 2016. It also contains summary tables of renewables and waste data for non-OECD countries up to 2015. This overview from Renewables Information 2017 contains a summary of the most recent trends in the world and OECD renewables market. Read more:...

  • Synergies between renewable energy and energy efficiency (Paper/ Study) August 2017

    This working paper by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) considers how renewables and energy efficiency can work together to contribute to global energy decarbonisation by 2050. It also looks and how this synergy affects energy system and technology cost, and the effect it has on air pollution and avoidance of adverse health effects caused by these pollutants. The paper looks in detail at the five largest energy users – China,...

  • Market Report Series: Gas 2017 - Executive Summary - English version (Report) August 2017

    The natural gas market is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Industry has overtaken the power sector as the driving force behind the growing use of gas, thanks to rising demand in places like the People’s Republic of China, developing Asia, the Middle East and the United States. At the same time, structural changes in gas supply and trade are changing the global gas market. Heavily oversupplied markets, the ongoing shale-gas revolution in...

  • Electricity Information: Overview (2017 edition) (Statistics) August 2017

    Electricity Information 2017 includes detailed electricity and heat supply by sources and demand balances by country and by product for OECD up to 2015, with provisional data for 2016. It also contains summary tables of non-OECD electricity and heat supply and demand up to 2015. This overview from Electricity Information 2017 contains a summary of the most recent trends in electricity production, trade and consumption. Read more:...

  • Natural Gas Information: Overview (2017 edition) (Statistics) August 2017

    Natural Gas Information 2017 includes detailed and comprehensive annual data of natural gas supply, demand and trade up to 2015, with provisional data for 2016. For OECD countries, it also contains data of gas consumption by end-use sector up to 2015 and of import and end-use prices up to 2016. For non-OECD countries, data for 2015 are based on data submitted by national administrations, on other available data and on estimates made by the IEA...

  • World Energy Investment 2017 (Report) July 2017

    The second annual IEA benchmark analysis of energy investment – the lifeblood of the global energy system – presents diverse findings, with upbeat news in some quarters and bearish indicators in others. World Energy Investment 2017 provides a critical foundation for decision making by governments, the energy industry and financial institutions. Read more:...

  • The Future of Trucks - Implications for Energy and the Environment (Report) July 2017

    This report outlines the ways in which vehicle efficiency technologies, systemic improvements in logistics and supply chain operations, and alternative fuels can ensure that road freight transport will continue to support economic growth while meeting key energy and environmental policy objectives. Read more:...

  • Renewables 2017 Global Status Report (Report) June 2017

    Renewables 2017 Global Status Report presents developments and trends through the end of 2016, as well as observed trends from early 2017 where available. First published in 2005, the annual Renewables Global Status Report is the most comprehensive and timely overview of the status, recent developments and trends in renewable energy markets, industries, investments, and policy developments worldwide. By design, it does not provide analysis or...

  • Global EV Outlook 2017 (Report) June 2017

    The Global EV Outlook 2017 provides insights on recent Electric Vehicle (EV) technology, market, and policy developments, in particular with regards to the sector's status outlined previously in the Global EV Outlook 2016. Detailed information for the past five to ten years on EV registrations (vehicle sales), number of EVs on the road, and modal coverage across the most relevant global vehicle markets is provided. The analysis also looks at...

  • Energy Technology Perspectives 2017 (Report) June 2017

    The global energy system is moving closer to a historic transformation. This year's edition of the International Energy Agency (IEA)'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 more ambitious scenarios than the IEA has produced before. Improvements in technology continue to modify the outlook for the...

  • Status of Power System Transformation 2017 (Report) June 2017

    The Status of Power System Transformation 2017 report provides an overview of current trends that are ongoing across the globe, with a focus on the integration of renewables and local grid development. The report examines a broad set of recent concrete power system interventions. A framework for assessing the status of power system transformation is also introduced, and is applied to selected countries: Indonesia, South Africa, Mexico and...

  • Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2017 (Report) May 2017

    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...

  • Good practice in energy efficiency (Brochure) April 2017

    This brochure presents examples of good practice from policy implementation, technology development and investment in energy efficiency across different sectors and throughout all 28 Member States. Read more: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/good_practice_in_ee_-web.pdf

  • Key Success Factors for District Heating And Cooling for Six Cases across Europe: Lessons Learnt from the Ongoing Progress Heat Project (Article) April 2017

    This article is published in the "Hot Cool" magazine, No.2 / 2017, page 22-25. The six analysed cases include Austria, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Denmark, and Czech Republic. The Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH) quarterly publishes and distributes the magazine Hot Cool. Hot Cool presents state-of-the-art district heating and cooling technology in all its aspects through articles written by experienced professionals. In this way, Hot...

  • International review of district heating and cooling (Journal) April 2017

    Authored by Sven Werner. The purpose with this review is to provide a presentation of the background for the current position for district heating and cooling in the world, with some deeper insights into European conditions. The review structure considers the market, technical, supply, environmental, institutional, and future contexts. The main global conclusions are low utilisation of district heating in buildings, varying implementation rates with...

  • Governance Models and Strategic Decision-Making Processes for Deploying Thermal Grids (Report) April 2017

    This guide focuses on strategies, key activities, tools, financing and engagement that result in structuring a district energy (DE) system that is well-planned, designed, built and operated throughout the major stages of its lifecycle, often many decades long. Based on case studies from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, South Korea, Netherlands, Sweden, UK and USA, this report draws on best practices, experience and enabling policy to focus on...

  • Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries - Mexico 2017 (Book) March 2017

    This review analyses the energy policy challenges facing Mexico and provides recommendations for further policy improvements. It is intended to help guide the country towards a more secure, sustainable and affordable energy future. Read more:...

  • Energy Policies of IEA Countries - New Zealand 2017 Review (Book) February 2017

    This review analyses the energy policy challenges facing New Zealand and provides recommendations to help guide the country towards a more secure, sustainable and affordable energy future. The IEA review highlights the areas that are critical to the success of the energy policy agenda in New Zealand. To support sustainable growth in line with the Paris Agreement, the government should facilitate technology opportunities for renewable energy and...

  • Delivering the Energy Transition: What Role for District Energy (Paper/ Study) October 2016

    This strategy paper addresses the following main questions investigating the crucial role that District Heating and Cooling (DH&C) networks would play in the energy transition towards 2050: (1) How does DH&C develop while energy demands in buildings are decreasing?; (2) What is the role of DH&C in bringing renewable energy sources (RES) to high density city areas and villages?; and (3) How would DH&C solutions support the balance of demand and...

  • World Energy Investment 2016 (Report) September 2016

    In this inaugural annual report on energy investments around the world, the International Energy Agency (IEA) looks at the lifeblood of the global energy system: investment. The ability to attract and direct capital flows is vital to transitioning to a low-carbon economy while also maintaining energy security and expanding energy access worldwide. The success or failure of energy policies can be measured by their ability to mobilise...

  • District Energy – Energy Efficiency for Urban Areas (Paper/ Study) February 2016

    This White Paper draws on competences built up through more than 100 years of experience with district energy in Denmark and around the world. It highlights some of the main learnings to consider when wanting to expand the use of district energy, such as the system, regulatory framework, planning, efficiency and flexibility of energy source, storage and future perspectives, by including relevant cases from around the world. Since a majority of...

  • District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Report) February 2015

    This report identifies modern district energy as the most effective approach for many cities to transition to sustainable heating and cooling, by improving energy efficiency and enabling higher shares of renewables. This publication is among the first to provide concrete policy, finance and technology best practice guidance on addressing the heating and cooling sectors in cities through energy efficiency improvements and the integration of...

  • Unlocking the Potential for Private Sector Participation in District Heating (Report) April 2014

    The report analyzes barriers to and opportunities for private sector participation in district heating (DH) in the Western Balkan countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia, as well as in Mongolia and Ukraine. Specifically, the report analyzes the legal and regulatory frameworks for public-private partnerships (PPP) and for DH in each of the countries, including an overview of the primary and secondary legislation, PPP...

  • Linking Heat and Electricity Systems: Co-generation and District Heating and Cooling Solutions for a Clean Energy Future (Report) April 2014

    The report uses three case studies where co-generation has been successfully deployed in industrial applications, and three case studies of efficient district heating and cooling (DHC) systems to inform this analysis. These real-life examples demonstrate that long-term stability of energy efficiency rewarding policy strategy is one of the most important levers to unlock cost-effective deployment potential of these technologies. They also show...

  • Community Energy: Planning, Development & Delivery (Guidebook/ Handbook/ Manual) July 2012

    This guidebook aims to support mayors, planners, community leaders, real estate developers and economic development officials who are interested in planning more sustainable urban energy infrastructure, creating community energy master plans and implementing district energy systems in cities, communities and towns. It provides an overview of the local energy project development process, in a form that is accessible to lay readers, to assist...

  • Vancouver 2020 A Bright Green Future: An Action Plan for Becoming the World's Greenest City by 2020 (Planning & Strategies) October 2010

    Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future is a road map for the city of Vancouver that will support Vancouver's goal of being the greenest city in the world. It sets out the broad long-term vision as well as ten specific goals that the city of Vancouver needs to achieve by 2020 in order to become the global leader in progress toward an environmentally sustainable future. A series of more detailed implementation plans—for the green economy,...