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International Energy Agency (IEA) (GEN – 1205.00)

08 February 2021

2 min read

International Energy Agency (IEA) (GEN – 1205.00)

08 February 2021

2 min read

GEN – 1205.00. The IEA is continuing to update its publications. Of note are the Energy Efficiency 2020 and the World Energy Outlook published at the end of 2020. As usual, a lot of interesting documents have been released and while looking at the world at large. The insights can prove useful for companies wishing to enter export markets.

Energy Efficiency 2020

This year’s IEA report focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on energy efficiency and global energy markets. The 105-page report highlights the role of efficiency in supporting sustainable recovery efforts around the world by creating jobs and stimulating spending while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

The analysis shows that a complex interplay of factors will determine how the COVID-19 crisis influences energy intensity in the buildings sector in the coming years.

One may note the references to REHVA and ASHRAE guides on COVID-19. The study mention that some HVAC engineers already foresee that increased demand for ventilation (such as requiring the purging of an entire building’s air once every 24 hours) will have significant costs for energy efficiency. Reducing these costs, while meeting the health imperatives for increased ventilation rates, will require innovative technologies such as smart HVAC control systems, more advanced filtration systems and novel dehumidification technologies for energy recovery.

Global air conditioner efficiency continues to trail what is possible. And this while evidence Southeast shows that more efficient air conditioning appliances are not more expensive.

The report has been published at the end of December 2020 and the most recent data used are those from October 2020. In all it makes for interesting reading.

Country reports

Recent 2020 reports include Austria, Luxembourg and Netherlands.

The Future of Cooling

The 2018 report on the Future of Cooling – Opportunities for energy-efficient air conditioning has not yet been updated. An overview on cooling for China and South East Asia was published in 2019.

Buildings, Cooling, Heating, Heat Pumps, Air conditioning

The recent updates are listed below.

Recommended actions

It can be useful to browse the IEA website every now and again. Most publications can, after registering be downloaded for free. Some are available against payment but generally become freely available after two years. The links below will get you to some of the interesting documents.

The Product Groups could make use of some of the information published by IEA.

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