23 September 2011

THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY’S ENERGY TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS: THE ROLE OF HEAT PUMPS


For several years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has been presenting the case that an energy revolution, based on widespread deployment of low-carbon technologies, is needed to tackle the climate change challenge. Energy Technology Perspectives 2010 (ETP 2010) demonstrates that a low-carbon future is also a powerful tool for enhancing energy security and economic development. Current energy and CO2 trends run directly counter to the repeated warnings sent by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But how do we shift to a more sustainable energy future? The IEA’s analysis, including Energy Technology Perspectives 2010 (ETP 2010) and technology roadmaps explores what this future might look like through detailed scenario analysis that highlights the key technologies, by sector and region. As well as examining issues such as financing, R&D and deployment needs, policy issues, behavioural aspects and environmental co-impacts. Heat pumps play an important role in achieving a sustainable energy future in the buildings sector. They help improve energy efficiency and with the progressive decarbonisation of the electricity sector become a very effective abatement option.