Full project title: Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives

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Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives

News: The IEA and Nordic Energy Research to continue work towards a second edition of the Nordic ETP in 2016. Click to read more.

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives launched in January 2013, and is the first ever regional edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) renowned global publication Energy Technology Perspectives.

The IEA presented the results at five national launch events (see video), and the results have since been presented a various other conferences.

Nordic Energy Research held a series of workshops in 2013 to assess the feasibility of a second edition to be published in 2016. More information will follow.

Pathways to a carbon-neutral Nordic energy system

Based on the IEA’s global scenario to limit average global temperature increase to 2°C, the Nordic edition includes an even more ambitious Carbon-Neutral Scenario, which assesses how the Nordic countries can achieve their national emission reduction targets for 2050 as a region.

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives has established itself as a reference document for energy technology policy-making in the Nordic region, and offers international readers an example of Nordic leadership in the transition towards a sustainable energy system.

Try out the visualisations below, or read more about the project at the IEA’s project page:


Energy Flows and Emission Reductions

Use this interactive energy flow visualisation to see how the Nordic energy system evolves from now to 2050 in the Carbon Neutral Scenario. Change to the Emission Reductions tab and compare between countries, sectors, technologies and scenarios. This unique tool was developed by the IEA for the Energy Technology Perspectives series. For notes and further explanation please visit the IEA’s website.

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Nordic ETP in the Media






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The IEA sees the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as leaders in the global transition to a low-carbon energy system advocated by the Energy Technology Perspectives seriesAll five countries have announced ambitious emission reduction targets for 2050 and there are clear synergies in tackling this challenge as a region.

Considering its rich renewable energy resources and strong policies already in place, the Nordic region could be the first in the world to achieve a carbon-neutral energy system – but it will not be easy.

Project Objectives

  • Provide Nordic policy-makers with a common reference document for decarbonising their energy systems
  • Profile the region’s efforts in low-carbon energy system transition on the global stage
  • Strengthen Nordic research competencies by linking Nordic researchers together with their counterparts at the IEA

Key deliverables

The Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives publication was the primary deliverable of the project, launched January 2013. The project also contributed to the global ETP for 2012 with modeling data and expert review, and built the Nordic research community through secondment of researchers to the IEA in Paris.

Organisation of the project

The IEA had overall project management of the analysis and publication, while Nordic Energy Research acted as coordinator and administrative project manager. A Working Group of Nordic researchers from across the region carried out data collection, model development and analysis in collaboration with IEA researchers. A Reference Group represented end-users of the publication, including the governments and authorities of the Nordic countries, industry associations and the European Commission. The Nordic Energy Research Board were financiers of the project.


  • Project Institutions:
  • The International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Risø DTU
  • Ea Energy Analysis
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • University of Iceland
  • Icelandic Meteorological Institute
  • Landsvirkjun
  • IFE Institute for Energy Technology
  • Profu AB
  • IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
  • Chalmers University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Luleå University of Technology