Newsletter from the IETS TCP

Current work and activities - June 2021


Annexes become Tasks in the new Legal Framework

Since the start in 2005, the IETS work has been performed in "Annexes". However, when the IEA Governing Board approved a new Framework (i.e., the high-level document that provides the legal basis for the Technology Collaboration Programme) in April 2020, it entailed some streamlining and changes for the TCPs. The IETS Legal Text (also called Implementation Agreement) has been updated, which means some changes to  terminology, procedures, documents etc.  will be implemented this year. The most visible change will be to the project structure: Annexes will from now on be called Tasks to conform with the rest of the TCPs.

At the IETS ExCo meeting in May, the terminology was further discussed - what should the levels below Task be called? Finally, it was decided that below Task (formerly Annex), there can be one or more Subtask(s). Different subtasks can be performed in parallel and/or in series. The level below subtask - if applicable - should be named Activity. However, to change terminology in all documents, templates etc. will take a while and Annexes soon to be concluded may not even become Tasks...

So, for a while more we'll live with a slight confusion about what kind of project "chunks" we are talking about. But we'll get there. It's true that old habits die hard, but that doesn't mean we cannot change.

Read more about the new Legal Text
A summary of the 32nd IETS ExCo meeting Minutes is available at the IETS website

Two young Tasks are getting in shape

Earlier this year, both Task XX - Knowledge sharing on Industry Transition Roadmaps and Task XXI - Decarbonizing industrial systems in a circular economy framework started, following ExCo decisions.

Task XX, led by Elliot Marie from Ademe, France, aims at share best roadmap practices that contribute to provide an in-depth understanding of the optimal emission reduction pathways as well as key challenges and opportunities.

Task XXI, led by Simon Moser from Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz, Austria aims at investigating the topic of circular carbon from an industry perspective, i.e. to describe industrial energy systems in the context of a sustainable, fossil-free economy, striving to meet the targets of both concepts, the circular economy and a sustainable energy system.

Elliot Mari & Simon Moser
Elliot Mari about Task XX:
"Growing concerns about climate change and the need for deep reduction in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has been leading decision-makers such as governments and industry leaders to come up with consistent decarbonisation strategies. These strategies often rely on long-term scenarios describing what emission reduction pathways should be and could be followed compared to Business-As-Usual (BAU) trajectories. Therefore, sharing knowledge and promoting best roadmapping practises should strengthen international collaboration and indirectly trigger more climate-aligned decisions.

For the moment, the main focus of the Task consist in gathering roadmapping initiatives and finishing the work plan with the next step being the kick-off meeting in September. A series of meeting and workshops should be held to try to unfold different roadmap practices and to discuss them collectively. The purpose of the first working phase will be to identify the most fundamental factors and questions to address when developing a sectorial roadmap.

Participants should benefit from this Task essentially through the sharing of roadmap practices and the promotion of a network of industry “roadmappers”. Participants should also stay up-to-date with the latest roadmapping and modelling work conducted in other countries thereby unlocking new opportunities for cooperation and innovative roadmapping practises."

Simon Moser about Task XXI:
"For industrial decarbonization, we need to consider both the energy and the resource sector. This Task contributes by focusing the overlaps and synergies between the two concepts in general, and by focusing on Circular Carbon, i.e., avoid the most critical issue for climate change from a holistic perspective.

Last year, the definition of the task was carried out. After formal approval by the Executive Committee, we are now in the phase of clarifying the subtask in detail. For example, we discuss about contents and methodologies of subtasks, as well as first results.

In this rather academic Task, participant profit from international discussion and exchange on their research results. We see that the joint writing of papers in subtasks could be a good motivation for researchers to participate and bring in their experience."

For more information about participation and/or contents of these Task, please contact Elliot Mari or Simon Moser.

The final report from Annex XVI - Energy efficiency in SMEs - is now available

Around the world, extensive attempts are taken to improve energy efficiency for various sectors of the Economy, and industrial SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) are no exception to that.
In an attempt to explore research in the area of industrial SMEs, the IETS TCP initiated research in the area. Two different research programs were carried out within the IETS, entitled Annex XVI, one between 2011-2015, followed by a second initiative in 2018-2020.

This report is a condensate of this IETS TCP research aiming to provide a brief, easily understandable presentation of the key findings.

Read the report at the IETS website

The final report from Annex XIX, Task 1 – Electrification in Industry - is now available

This report describes the work and results of Task 1 of Annex XIX Industrial Electrification. The Annex aims to provide a platform for enhancing collaboration between countries in the area of industrial electrification. The focus of the Annex is on the system aspects of industrial electrification rather than on the technologies within each specific pathway or process.
Task 2, or as it will be called with the new terminology Subtask 2, has recently started. Contact acting Task Manager Jonathan Moncada Botero for more information.

Read the report at the IETS website

Easier to find information at our website

The IETS website has recently been slightly updated with some new features, e.g., the possibility to select type of publication in our library, which makes it easier to find what you are looking for. We have also added shortcuts to our social media channels Twitter and LinkedIn.

Link to the IETS website

What happened in 2020?

2020 was a very special year - in many ways. Nevertheless, the important work for energy-efficiency and the decarbonization of industry continued within the IETS TCP.

The IETS Annual Report summarizes the work and progress of the IETS Annexes/Tasks, and includes information about special events, future plans and other highlights.

The IETS Annual Report 2020 is available at the IETS website

Task work

The IETS projects are performed in Tasks (formerly known as Annexes). Ongoing Tasks are: Information about completed Tasks can also be found at the IETS website.
The IETS TCP wishes you all a safe and climate friendly summer!
The IETS Newsletter provides you with short status reports on on-going Annexes, information on up-coming events and other information on IETS activities. IETS is the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) on Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems. Currently, there are ten IETS Member countries that collaborate in several Tasks. Visit the IETS web site for more information.

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