Full project title: Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives

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Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives

Download a preview of Nordic ETP 2016, launching in May

News (dec 2015): Experts gather to discuss preliminary results for forthcoming Nordic ETP 2016 report

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

The IEA presented the 2013 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. The project is currently underway and will launch in May 2016.

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 2013 in the Media






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Benjamin Smith from Nordic Energy Research, administrative project manager for the Nordic ETP


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 2016 publication will be released in May 2016, and is the primary deliverable of the second phase of the project. The Nordic ETP 2013 publication was the primary deliverable of the first phase project. The project has also contributed to the global ETP for 2012 and 2016 with modeling data and expert review, and has significantly strengthened the Nordic research community within energy system modelling through cooperation within the project and the secondment of Nordic researchers to the IEA in Paris.

Organisation of the project

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has analytical project management of the second phase of the project (2016), while Nordic Energy Research acts as coordinator and administrative project manager. IEA analysts and Nordic researchers carry out data collection, model development and analysis in tight collaboration. Two Nordic researchers have been seconded to the IEA to work on the analysis for a peroid of 5 months each. A Steering Group represents 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 are financiers of the project. In the first phase of the project (2013), the IEA had overall analytical responsibility.


  • Project Institutions:
  • The International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • DTU Technical University of Denmark
  • IFE Institute for Energy Technology
  • University of Iceland
  • Ea Energy Analysis
  • Profu AB
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  • (Phase 1 (2013) also included: Landsvirkjun,, SINTEF, Chalmers , KTH & LTU)