History, Operational scope and Governance


In 2009, the G8 Leaders and Ministers of IEA Member countries asked the IEA to develop a proposal for an international low-carbon energy technology platform. This initiative intends to respond to Governments’ efforts in favour of accelerating the transition towards low-carbon, energy efficient economy while minimising and reversing technological lock-in and addressing energy poverty.

Joint Statement by G8 Energy Ministers and European Energy Commissioner, L’Aquila (2009)

After broad multi-stakeholder consultation conducted by the IEA throughout 2010, a two-year work programme was approved at the inaugural High-Level Meeting of the Technology Platform on 15 October 2010 in Paris, co-chaired by Italy, Brazil, Japan and Russia.

Operational Scope

In early 2011, the Technology Platform further defined its operational scope, both in terms of technology and geographic focus.


The Technology Platform work programme focuses on technologies with significant global CO₂ reduction potential for which the IEA has a roadmap (published or under development). It includes:

On Supply side: On Demand side:
Bioenergy; Clean coal; Hydropower; Solar technologies; Smart grids; Wind energy; etc Electric vehicle; Energy efficiency; Fuel economy; etc.

For more information on IEA technology roadmaps – click here


The geographical mandate of the Technology Platform seek to cover:

  • IEA Member countries and accession countries (Chile)
  • Major economies (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates)
  • Other countries identified by the Technology Platform governance authorities to be of particular interest for specific objectives, including: Algeria, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Thailand, and Ukraine


The IEA administers the secretariat role for the development and implementation of the Technology Platform, while also drawing on the organisation’s wider expertise and networks.

The Technology Platform has been designed to operate flexibly across a variety of activities and in unison with the widest range of global partners. The flexibility of its operational scope was agreed by the IEA Governing Board, composed of IEA Member countries, and invited observers. The Technology Platform relies on a wide array of organisations and global institutions to provide input to its strategic direction and operational functions, including IEA committees (e.g. CERT, SLT, SGD*) and non-IEA partners involved in the Technology Platform Advisory Committee, such as international organisations, financial institutions, and the private sector.

* CERT (Committee on Energy Research and Technology); SLT (Standing Group on Long-Term Cooperation); SGD (Standing Group for Global Energy Dialogue)

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