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IEA - Energy Technology Perspectives 2017

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Catalysing Energy Technology Transformations


The 2017 edition of the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP 2017), focuses on the opportunities and challenges of scaling and accelerating the deployment of clean energy technologies.


Improvements in technology 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 decision makers. ETP 2017 details these trends as well as the technological advances that will shape energy security and environmental sustainability for decades to come.


The document looks at how far clean energy technologies could move the energy sector towards higher climate change ambitions if technological innovations were pushed to their maximum practical limits. The analysis shows that, while policy support would be needed beyond anything seen to date, such a push 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 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. 


The report comprises the following chapters:


  • Chapter 1: The Global Outlook
  • Chapter 2: Tracking Clean Energy Progress (available for free download here- see also the relevant BUILD UP publication)
  • Chapter 3: Accelerating the transition to sustainable buildings
  • Chapter 4: Advancing the low-carbon transition in industry
  • Chapter 5: Steering transport towards sustainability
  • Chapter 6: Transforming electricity systems
  • Chapter 7: Delivering sustainable bioenergy
  • Chapter 8: Unlocking the potential of carbon capture and storage

To access the report, please visit the relevant IEA webpage at the link provided below.


You can download the Executive Summary in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.