Full project title: Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016

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Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 (NETP 2016) is a Nordic edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) global Energy Technology Perspectives 2016. The report offers a detailed scenario-based analysis of how the Nordic countries can achieve a near carbon-neutral energy system. The Nordic Carbon-Neutral Scenario achieves an 85% reduction of Nordic energy-related CO2 by 2050 (from 1990 levels) at lowest total cost. This takes place in the context of the IEA’s global 2-degree scenario and uses the same models and assumptions. The analysis is carried out by seven leading Nordic research institutes and the IEA. The project is coordinated and supported by Nordic Energy Research. Read more about the first edition, Nordic ETP 2013.

Energy ministers and other key stakeholders took part in the national launch events:

Nordic Energy Research news articles about the project


Selection of media coverage

Sweden: Dagens Nyheter 22.05.2016 "Expert varnar för nya motorvägar"

Norway: Dagens Næringsliv 23.05.2016 "Norge utropes til strømvinner"

Norway: Dagens Næringsliv 22.05.2016 "Varsler kraftig økning i strømprisen"

Norway: Energi og Klima 25.05.2016 "Mye godt om Norden"


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The IEA's Kamel Ben Naceur at the Swedish launch.
Foto: Oskar Kullander


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 was released on the 23rd of May 2016, and is the primary deliverable of the second phase of the project. The project has also contributed to the global ETP for 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 period of 5 months each. A Steering Group represents end-users of the publication, including the energy authorities of the Nordic countries, industry associations and the European Commission. The Nordic Energy Research Board are financiers of the project.


  • 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