Comprised of senior experts from IEA member governments, the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT) considers effective energy technology and policies to improve energy security, encourage environmental protection and maintain economic growth. Under the guidance of the IEA Governing Board, the CERT oversees the technology forecasting, analyses and the research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) strategies of the IEA Secretariat, notably through its flagship publication, Energy Technology Perspectives, and the series of energy technology roadmaps. The CERT also provides guidance to its working parties and experts' groups to examine topics that address current energy technology, or technology policy, issues.
There are four CERT working parties, each considering national policy developments and technology trends relating to their area of specialisation. They support and facilitate RDD&D co-operation among member countries, and, as appropriate, seek opportunities to collaborate with partner countries. They also regularly review the accomplishments of each IA in their relevant area of expertise and make a recommendation to the CERT for the continuation of each such IA. Working Parties are comprised of programme managers and technology experts representing governmental agencies.
Experts' groups and advisory boards
From time to time, IEA member countries establish experts’ groups to serve as focused, ad hoc or advisory bodies. In the case of CERT, two such bodies currently exist to advise the CERT and working parties by examining cross-cutting issues relevant to energy technology research through expert workshops and discussions.
Multilateral technology initiatives
The IEA supports international energy technology RDD&D and knowledge transfer through independent, multilateral energy technology initiatives (formally called Implementing Agreements, or IAs). The experts participating in these groups represent public and private sector entities worldwide. Together, these experts share knowledge – and resources – to advance energy technologies.