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2014 Framework for a Smart Energy Path: A Guide to Sound Energy Decisions
Author: HELIO International

Under the EERA project (Energy, Ecodevelopment and Resilience in Africa), HELIO International has developed a “Framework for a Smart Energy Path”, which is intended to clarify an approach energy decision-makers can take to ensure their countries’ long-term prosperity and stability. The framework is available in both English and French along with shorter methodology briefs.

2012 Cost and Performance Data for Power Generation Technologies: A report prepared for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Author: Black & Veatch
Power generating technology cost and performance estimates developed by Black and Veatch for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
ISBN: na
2012 Energy for a Shared Development Agenda: Global Scenarios and Governance Implications
Author: Stockholm Environment Institute
This report describes a series of global energy and sustainability scenarios played out to 2050 for the planet divided into 22 regions. The report also explores how to successfully implement change, via case studies of energy transformation and reviews of policy mechanisms and governance frameworks.
ISBN: 978-91-86125-40-0
2012 Planning for a Low Carbon Future: Lessons Learned From Seven Country Studies
Author: ESMAP
Reviews the first seven low carbon development country studies conducted with support from ESMAP, most of which were completed in 2010. It attempts to distill the lessons learned from this work to help iinform future studies while also providing an overview of the policy conclusions that have emerged.
2012 Renewable Electricity Futures Study
Author: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
An analysis of the grid integration opportunities, challenges, and implications of high levels of renewable electricity generation for the U.S. electric system.
ISBN: na
2011 International Energy Outlook 2011
Author: Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Presents an assessment by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the outlook for international energy markets through 2035.
2010 Survey of Energy Resources 2010
Author: WEC
The 22nd edition of the World Energy Council's Survey of Energy Resources (SER). Reviews the status of the world’s major energy resources.
ISBN: 0 946121 26 5
2010 World Energy Outlook 2010
Author: International Energy Agency
Presents the IEA's view of global energy trends to 2035.
ISBN: 978-92-64-08624-1
2009 Europe's onshore and offshore wind energy potential.
Author: European Environment Agency
Provides a Europe-wide resource assessment of onshore and offshore wind potential.
ISBN: 1725-2237
2009 Europe’s Share of the Climate Challenge
Author: Heaps, C.; Erickson, P.; Kartha, S.; Kemp-Benedict, E.
Examines how Europe can show leadership in keeping global climate change within safe limits: firstly, by undertaking domestic actions to rapidly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and secondly, by fulfilling its international obligations to help other countries address the twin crises of climate change and development.
ISBN: 97-891-86125141
2009 Global Economic Prospects
Author: World Bank DEC Prospects Group
A collection of short-term and long-term analyses pertaining to various global economic sectors.
2009 International Energy Outlook 2009
Author: Energy Information Administration (EIA)
This report presents international energy projections through 2030, prepared by the Energy Information Administration, including outlooks for major energy fuels and associated carbon dioxide emissions.
2009 Sustainable Energy - without the hot air
Author: MacKay, David
A brilliant "back of the envelope" technical study of whether the UK could meet its energy needs through energy efficiency and renewables alone. Highly recommended reading for energy analysts!
ISBN: 978-0-9544529-3-3
2009 United Nations Population Estimates and Projections
Author: Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division
An examination of global, regional, and national popluation trends.
2008 Buildings Energy Data Book
Author: U.S. Department of Energy Buildings Technologies Program
Statistics on residential and commercial building energy consumption. Data tables contain statistics related to construction, building technologies, energy consumption, and building characteristics
2008 Energy Technology Perspectives 2008: Scenarios and Strategies to 2050
Author: International Energy Agency
Provides estimates of what would need to be done to reduce global GHG emissions to current levels and by 50% by 2050.
2008 European Energy and Transport: Trends to 2030 - Update 2007
Author: European Commission: Directorate-General for Energy and Transport
Gives an update of the EC's previous baseline scenarios, such as the “Trends to 2030” published in 2003 and its 2005 update.
ISBN: 978-92-79-07620-6
2008 Handbook on Constructing Composite Indicators
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
This Handbook aims to provide a guide to the construction and use of composite indicators, for policy-makers, academics, the media, andn other interested parties. While there are several types of composite indicators, this Handbook is concerned with those which compare and rank country performance in areas such as industrial competitiveness, sustainable development, globalization, and innovation.
2008 The Global Energy [R]evolution 2008
Author: Greenpeace International and EREC European Renewable Energy Council
This edition of Energy [R]evolution Scenarios provides a detailed analysis of the energy efficiency potential and choices in the transport sector. The material presented in this publication provides a useful basis for considering specific policies and developments that would be of value not only to the world but for different countries as they attempt to meet the global challenge confronting them.
ISBN: 9789073361898
2008 Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 27
Author: Davis S.C., Deigel S.W., Boundy R.G.
The Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 27 is a statistical compendium prepared and published by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) under contract with the Office of Planning, Budget Formulation, and Analysis, under the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program in the Department of Energy (DOE). Designed for use as a desk-top reference, the data book represents an assembly and display of statistics and information that characterize transportation activity, and presents data on other factors that influence transportation energy use.
2008 UNFCCC Resource Guide for Preparing the National Communications of Non Annex I Parties. Module 4: Measures to Mitigate Climate Change
Author: UNFCCC
Short guidelines to assist those doing a mitigation assessment as part of National Communications on climate change to the UNFCCC.
2008 World Energy Outlook 2008
Author: International Energy Agency
Presents the IEA's view of global energy trends to 2030.
2008 Worldwide Trends in Energy Use and Efficiency: Key Insights from IEA Indicator Analysis
Author: International Energy Agency (IEA)
The IEA has developed indicators – tools that provide state-of-the art data and analysis on global energy use, efficiency developments and CO2 emissions. This report contains the main results and conclusions from this work.
2007 Climate Change 2007: Mitigation. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Author: IPCC
The Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) focuses on new literature on the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change, published since the IPCC Third Assessment Report (TAR) and the Special Reports on CO2 Capture and Storage (SRCCS) and on Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System (SROC).
ISBN: 978-0-521-70598-1
2007 EMEP/CORINAIR Emission Inventory Guidebook - 2007
Author: European Environment Agency
This 2007 update of the third edition of the emission inventory guidebook prepared by the UNECE/EMEP Task Force on Emissions Inventories and Projections provides a comprehensive guide to state-of-the-art atmospheric emissions inventory methodology.
2007 Energy Use in the New Millenium
Author: International Energy Agency (IEA)
Excellent source of energy indicators for OECD countries.
ISBN: 978-92-64-03429-7
2007 STERN REVIEW: The Economics of Climate Change
Author: Stern Review
This Review has assessed a wide range of evidence on the impacts of climate change and on the economic costs, and has used a number of different techniques to assess costs and risks. From all of these perspectives, the evidence gathered by the Review leads to a simple conclusion: the benefits of strong and early action far outweigh the economic costs of not acting.
ISBN: 0-521-70080-9
2007 Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Author: IPCC
The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report describes progress in understanding of the human and natural drivers of climate change,1 observed climate change, climate processes and attribution, and estimates of projected future climate change.
ISBN: 978 0521 70596-7
2007 Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Author: World Energy Council 2007
This, the 21st edition of the World Energy Council's Survey of Energy Resources (SER), is the latest in a long series of reviews of the status of the world’s major energy resources. It covers not only the fossil fuels but also the major types of traditional and novel sources of energy. Council's Survey of Energy Resources (SER), is the latest in a long series of reviews of the status of the world’s major energy resources. It covers not only the fossil fuels but also the major types of traditional and novel sources of energy.
ISBN: 0-946121-26-5
2007 Tracking Industrial Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions
Author: International Energy Agency (IEA)
Useful review of energy saving potential in different sectors and lots of useful data on energy technologies.
ISBN: 978-92-64-03016-9
2007 World Energy Outlook 2007 -- China and India Insights
Author: International Energy Agency (IEA)
The IEA's official forecast of world energy consumption and production. Newer editions of WEO exist (WEO2008), but this is the latest version available for free online.
ISBN: 978-92-64-02730-5
2006 Americans and Climate Change: Closing the Gap between Science and Action
Author: Abbasi, Daniel R.
Why has the robust and compelling body of climate change science not had a greater impact on action, especially in the United States? In late 2005, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies convened 110 leaders and thinkers in Aspen, Colorado, and asked them to diagnose the reasons for this posited action shortfall and to generate recommendations to address it. This report discusses findings from that gathering of extraordinary Americans.
ISBN: 0-9707882-4-X
2006 APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook 2006
Author: Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)
Since the publication of Outlook 2002, there had been a few notable market, technological and policy developments in the APEC energy sector. These include oil price surges due to strong energy demand growth within the region, fast growth of LNG market and trade, and growing interests in new and renewable energy sources.To reflect these recent developments and address key issues likely to affect the future energy course of APEC, APERC presents the APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook 2006 in two volumes. The first volume presents APERC's views on Outlook by source and by sector, Outlook for energy investment, Outlook for environment and key issues for the energy sector. Second volume presents the Outlook results for 21 member economies.
2006 Power Technologies Energy Data Book: Fourth Edition
Author: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Edition 4 of the Power Technologies Energy Data Book contains a wide selection of data and statistics on renewable energy power technologies from a variety of sources—collected in one convenient document.
2005 Advancing Bioenergy for Sustainable Development
Author: Kartha S., Leach G., Rajan S.C., Stockholm Environment Institute and Energy Sector Management Assistance Program
The intended reader is not an energy expert, and certainly not a bioenergy expert. The reader is someone (most probably in government, but perhaps in an international aid agency or NGO) in a position to make decisions or advise decisionmakers regarding programs in support of rural development. The intent of the document is to provide such a reader with background information and motivation regarding bioenergy’s role in promoting sustainable rural development. It discusses ways to support the implementation of bioenergy through policies, including those that can mobilize private sector activity.
2005 Energy Statistics Manual
Author: International Energy Agency
This Manual will help newcomers in the energy statistics field to have a better grasp of definitions, units and methodology.
2005 The Integrated Environmental Strategies Handbook
Author: United States Environmental Protection Agency
This handbook describes the U.S. EPA’s Integrated Environmental Strategies (IES) Program approach. The IES approach enables local researchers to quantify the co-benefits that could be derived from implementing policy, technology, and infrastructure measures to reduce air pollutants and GHG emissions.
2004 Gender and Energy for Sustainable Development: A Toolkit & Resource Guide
Author: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ENERGIA, and The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
A guide for use development practitioners, energy planners, community groups and gender experts on ways to address energy issues at the project and policy level.
2003 Reporting on Climate Change: user manual for the guidelines on national communications from non-Annex I Parties
Author: UNFCCC
This user manual is designed for use by Parties and national experts responsible for the preparation of the various sections of national communications, and also by national climate change teams or committees that facilitate the coordination, organization and management of various tasks and activities. It might also be useful for multilateral and bilateral programmes that support the preparation of national communications from non-Annex I Parties.
2001 Climate Change 2001: Mitigation
Author: IPCC
This report assesses the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of the mitigation of climate change. Research in climate change mitigation 1 has continued since the publication of the IPCC Second Assessment Report (SAR), taking into account political changes such as the agreement on the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1997, and is reported on here.
2001 Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis
Author: IPCC
This latest assessment of the IPCC will again form the standard scientific reference for all those concerned with climate change and its consequences, including students and researchers in environmental science, meteorology, climatology, biology, ecology and atmospheric chemistry, and policymakers in governments and industry worldwide.
2000 Bioenergy Primer: Modernised Biomass Energy for Sustainable Development
Author: Sivan Kartha and Eric D. Larson
Under the framework of UNISE, this primer is designed to help facilitate the practical realisation of sustainable modernised bioenergy activities, including the technical, policy and institutional aspects.
ISBN: 92-1-126127-9
2000 Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making
Author: The World Commission on Dams
For parting – or imparting – the waters, dams are our oldest tool. Yet are they our only tool, or our best option? The World Commission on Dams has undertaken a rigorous, independent and inclusive global review, testing the waters to help you answer that question with authority.
ISBN: 1-85383-798-9
2000 Energy and Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Guide for Energy Policymaking
A guide for energy policy making in Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of sustainability.
ISBN: n/a
2000 Special Report on Emissions Scenarios
Author: IPCC
The SRES scenarios cover a wide range of the main driving forces of future emissions, from demographic to technological and economic developments. As required by the Terms of Reference, none of the scenarios in the set includes any future policies that explicitly address climate change, although all scenarios necessarily encompass various policies of other types. The set of SRES emissions scenarios is based on an extensive assessment of the literature, six alternative modelling approaches, and an "open process" that solicited wide participation and feedback from many groups and individuals. The SRES scenarios include the range of emissions of all relevant species of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and sulfur and their driving forces.
2000 World Energy Assessment
Author: United Dations Development Programme, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Energy Council
The continuation of ocurrent energy trends compromises the prospects of many people alive today, as well as those of future generations. The World Energy Assessment examines such concerns and explores actions and policies to resolve them.
1999 Economics of Greenhouse Gas Limitations: Methodological Guidelines
Author: Halsnaes K., Callaway J.M., Meyer H.J.
The guideline document establishes a general overview of the main components of climate change mitigation assessment. This includes an outline of key economic concepts, scenario structure, common assumptions, modelling tools and country study assumptions. The guidelines are supported by Handbook Reports that contain more detailed specifications of calculation standards, input assumptions and available tools.
ISBN: 87-550-2490-4
1998 Bending the Curve: Toward Global Sustainability
Author: Raskin P., Gallopin G., Gutman P., Hammond A., and Swart R.
Bending the Curve looks at what it would take to steer human development onto a more sustainable pathway during the 21st century. The shift to more sustainable forms of development must at least begin at this level, although we will likely need more fundamental social changes to complete the transition to a sustainable global society. This study shows how a comprehensive set of policy reforms could bend the curve of development toward sustainability.
ISBN: 81-88714-57-8
1998 Conventional Worlds: Technical Description of Bending the Curve Scenarios
Author: Heaps, C.; Kemp-Benedict, E.; Raskin, P. (Stockholm Environment Institute)
Conventional Worlds envision the global system of the 21st Century evolving without major surprises, sharp discontinuities, or ofundamental transformations in the basis for human civilization. The future is shaped by the continued evolution, expansion and globalization of the dominant values and socioeconomic relationships of industrial society. The current accounts and scenarios described in this report have been developed with the help of the PoleStar system, a software tool for mounting economic, resource and environmental information, and for examining alternative development scenarios.
ISBN: 91-88714-62
1997 Tools and Methods for Integrated Resource Planning: Improving Energy Efficiency and Protecting the Environment
Author: Swisher J.N., Jannuzzi G.M., Redlinger R.Y. (UNEP)
In this book all of the information necessary for graduate students and utility managers to learn the techniques for doing their own calculations and analyzing the cost effectiveness of energy conservation measures against supply-side options has been assembled. The book addresses "tools and methods for integrated resource planning" with particular attention toward improving energy efficiency in developing countries.
ISBN: 87-550-2332-0
1996 Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
Author: IPCC
The Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines contain three volumes, each of which provides assistance to the analyst in the preparation of national GHG inventories.
1996 Technologies, Policies and Measures for Mitigating Climate Change
Author: IPCC
This Technical Paper provides an overview and analysis of technologies and measures to limit and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to enhance GHG sinks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). The paper focuses on technologies and measures for the countries listed in Annex I of the FCCC, while noting information as appropriate for use by non-Annex I countries.
ISBN: 92-9169-100-3
1995 A Guide to Environmental Analysis For Energy Planners
Author: Lazarus M.; Von Hippel D.; Hill D.; Margolis R. (SEI)
This guide was initially conceived as a companion manual to assist users of LEAP and EDB with incorporating environmental parameters into their energy analyses. LEAP/EDB users are typically energy planners with limited, if any, previous exposure to environmental science, and several have asked for more background on the nature of various pollutants, from their sources to their pathways of impact.
1995 A Manual for the Economic Evaluation of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies
Author: Short W., Packey D.J., and Holt T. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
This manual is a guide for analyzing the economics of energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE) technologies and projects. It is intended (1) to help analysts determine the appropriate approach or type of analysis and the appropriate level of detail and (2) to assist EE analysts in completing consistent analyses using standard assumptions and bases, when appropriate. Included are analytical techniques that are commonly required for the economic analysis of EE technologies and projects.
1995 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Assessment: A Guidebook
Author: Sathaye J., Meyers S. (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to countries that will help in designing and conducting a national mitigation assessment of greenhouse gases.
1992 Fueling Development: Energy Technologies for Developing Countries
Author: U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment
This report examines the delivery of energy services in developing countries and how the United States can help to improve these energy services while minimizing environmental impacts, OTA examines the technologies and policies that will enable more efficient use of energy and the most promising new sources of energy supply.
ISBN: 0-16-03185-0
1987 The World Bank Household Energy Handbook: An Interim Guide and Reference Manual
Author: Leach, G. and Gowen, M.
A reference guide for those interested in household energy.
ISBN: 0-8213-0937-4
1984 Expansion Planning for Electrical Generating Systems
Author: IAEA
A detailed reference guide for those interested in electric system expansion planning.
ISBN: 92-0-155484-2