15 September 2011

BUILDINGS AND HEAT PUMPS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY’S TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS


The International Energy Agency’s (IEAs) Energy Efficient Buildings: Heating and Cooling Equipment roadmap lays out the “big picture” vision for stakeholders in the buildings sector of the goals for heating and cooling equipment if the world is to achieve a 50% reduction in energy related CO2 emissions by 2050 outlined in the IEAs Energy Technology Perspectives 2010 BLUE Map scenario. It provides concrete advice on how to achieve the savings in the BLUE Map scenario, highlights the key technology options, the barriers they face and the policy options to address these barriers. The end-uses of space heating and cooling dominate energy consumption in OECD buildings, while cooling will be a major source of energy demand growth in developing countries. Heat pumps are a particularly important abatement option and are a key part of the solution for buildings in the BLUE Map scenario.