Solar energy set to make major impact by 2050

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published a sector roadmap for solar energy on Monday 9 July. It claimed solar energy could account for around one-sixth of the world's total low-temperature heating and cooling needs by 2050. The Agency said concerted action from industry and governments could produce a 25-fold increase in the uptake of solar heating and cooling (SHC) technology deployment over the next four decades, eliminating 800mn tCO2. The IEA also looked at the ability of solar heating to meet industrial demand for the first time; solar heating technologies could meet 20% of industrial heating demand by 2050. But it stressed the need for a stable long-term policy framework for SHC and addressing barriers such as a lack of quality control standards.

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