All Archived Newsletters are found here.
Before the diffusion of the web, ETSAP published a newsletter to publicize upcoming events, news, and activities of its members, as well as their contributions to the common activities. The following Newsletters are available online:
Extended summary of the Final Report of :-
Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Energy Technology Systems Analysis.
This Newsletter provides an up-to-date listing of the reports published during 1999 and 2000 by ETSAP participants and others using the MARKAL family of energy technology system models. Summaries of the papers are given, together with information on how copies of papers may be obtained.
Australia (ABARE): Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia
Canada (McGill, GERAD): National Climate Change Process (NCCP) Germany (IER): FEES, MESAP, IEA Annex 33
Italy (ENEA and ANPA): Regional Air Quality Recovery and Protection Plan and the Regional Waste Management Plan; Basilicata; Turin
Japan (JAERI): Analysis of a long-term Japanese energy system aimed at zero carbon dioxide emissions; Production of hydrogen from a high-temperature nuclear reactor in the context of the national energy system
The Netherlands (ECN): Assistance in developing MARKAL models for Shanghai (China) and Greece; A European Union (DGXII) sponsored project to include experience curves in the MARKAL model of the Western European energy system
Switzerland (PSI): The GaBE Project; The China Energy Modeling Project of the Alliance for Global Sustainability; A global ETA-MARKAL-MACRO trade model
United States (DOE, EPA, BNL): International Workshop on the Development of Climate Change Action Plans; Sponsoring MARKAL modeling in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico.
The last year of the old millennium saw the first year of the new 3-year annex to the implementing agreement of the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme. In Annex VII, ETSAP will continue to extend its repertoire of models and methods for analyzing energy systems, with particular emphasis on supporting on-going international cooperation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
An 83-page summary of ETSAP's work in Annex VI has been published by the Operating Agent and is now available on the Worldwide Web. The report, Dealing with Uncertainty Together, provides brief summaries of some of the main studies performed from 1996 to 1998 and describes the methodological advances that were made. The subjects range from local energy planning to contributions made to international debate on greenhouse gas emission reduction.
Three of ETSAP's regular contributors (Tom Kram, Remko Ybema, Richard Loulou) have key roles in the preparation of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), now in progress.
Clas-Otto Wene, long the principal technical representative of Sweden in ETSAP, is the author of a new book, "Experience Curves for Energy Technology Policy," published by the International Energy Agency.
The Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme is described as one of the success stories of the 25-year history of the International Energy Agency in the new IEA publication, International Collaboration in Energy Technology: a Sampling of Success Stories.
Abstract: While most attention to ways to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases is focused on energy, the MATTER Project finds that nearly one-third of the reduction in these emissions in Western Europe can be achieved by changing the use of materials. For moderate emission reductions, most changes would occur in materials production and waste handling. More severe reductions require substitution of materials.
Abstract: a small country with immense hydroelectric and natural gas resources, nevertheless has an energy problem: how to stop energy growth to comply with the Kyoto Protocol restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions. Under the Kyoto Protocol, Norway's national emission reduction target for the 2008-2012 time period is 1 percent above the 1990 level in CO2 equivalents for the six "Kyoto gases". To comply with this limit while keeping its energy-intensive industry in place is an ambitious task.
Abstract: The stochastic GENIE model used to evaluate future global electrical systems can evaluate the effect of different rates of reduction in the cost of emerging technology. Considering a range of such "experience curves," the model finds that it is best to make early and dedicated investments in photovoltaics and fuel cells. Such early development hedges against the possible need to reduce future carbon dioxide emission reductions by preventing these technologies from being "locked out" by existing technology.