Materials are the building blocks of society
Industry energy consumption represents almost 40% of current global total final consumption and is still dominated by fossil fuels, in particular coal. It is the second largest emitting sector after power generation. As the global economy and population grow, so does demand for materials and goods, increasing the importance of understanding which technologies and strategies can support the sustainable manufacture, use and disposal of indispensable commodities.
Direct CO2 emissions from industry in the Net Zero Scenario, 2000-2030Open
Emissions continue to rise – more efforts are needed to reduce emissions intensity in order to get on track with the Net Zero Scenari
Progress is occurring far too slowly, however. Greater material and energy efficiency, more rapid uptake of renewable fuels, and faster development and deployment of low-carbon production processes – including carbon capture and storage and hydrogen – are all critical requirements. Governments can accelerate progress, including by reducing risks associated with developing new technologies and adopting mandatory CO2 emission reduction and energy efficiency policies.
The IETS TCP focuses on energy use in a broad range of industry sectors with significant potential for emissions and cost savings. The IETS TCP work programme ranges from aspects relating to development of processes and energy technologies, to overall system analysis and energy efficiency in industry sectors.
Through multi-disciplinary international collaborative research and knowledge exchange, as well as market and policy recommendations, the SHC TCP works to increase the deployment rate of solar heating and cooling systems by breaking down the technical and non-technical barriers to increase deployment.
The SolarPACES TCP supports collaboration to advance development and deployment of concentrating solar thermal technologies. From a system perspective, concentrating solar power (CSP) offers significant advantages. With built-in thermal storage, CSP can improve the flexibility and stability of power systems, provide dispatchable electricity and help integrating more variable renewables.
Global CO2 emissions rose less than initially feared in 2022 as clean energy growth offset much of the impact of greater coal and oil use
Executive Director meets with senior government leaders in US and Canada
The world is entering a new age of clean technology manufacturing, and countries’ industrial strategies will be key to success
Global energy efficiency progress is accelerating, signalling a potential turning point after years of slow improvement
Related fuels and technologies
Aluminium is both an important input to a number of technologies critical to the energy transition, and a significant source of CO2
Carbon capture, utilisation and storage
A key emissions reduction technology for global energy systems