High Efficiency Low Emissions Task Group (HELE)

The High Efficiency Low Emission Task Group (HELE) is a work stream on electricity generation. It aims to achieve energy efficiency improvements in thermal power generation through:

  • understanding and dissemination of HELE technologies such as Ultra Super Critical and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle in power plants; and
  • development and dissemination of best practices in operation and maintenance.

The HELE contributes to work under the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

Why does the power sector matter for energy efficiency?

Membership and governance

Leading members: Japan.
Participants: Australia, China, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and Turkey.

Recent developments

In 2015, the HELE organised two workshops under the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Power Working Group to implement the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan. These workshops brought together many G20 members, private sector leaders and international organisations including the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD), IPEEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  • The first workshop (held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May) focused on clean coal technology. It served as a forum for discussing a wide range of topics — from research and development to finance — and helped the participants gain a better understanding of the technology, policies and financial instruments that could facilitate clean coal deployment.
  • The second workshop (held in Ankara, Turkey, in July) enabled knowledge-sharing on HELE technologies and barriers to deployment. It also included a site visit to a coal-fired power plant to support information exchange on best practices and help identify a detailed approach for further progress.

The latest publications for this task group can be found on the Publications page.

Further information