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Clean_Energy_Technologies Best Practices in Energy Technology Policy & RD&D

The capacity of countries to apply sound tools in developing effective national energy technology innovation strategies and programmes is becoming increasingly important to meeting future energy challenges. However, there is a lack of understanding as to the best tools and approaches to designing, implementing and assessing a successful national strategy.

The IEA’s Accelerating Energy Technology Innovation project will provide an international forum to facilitate peer exchange on energy technology innovation policy. As a starting point, it will identify and document best-practice in RD&D policies and indicators for monitoring the effectiveness of RD&D activities. The project will identify strong, peer-reviewed tools and analysis that provide guidance to governments as they attempt to design an effective energy technology RD&D strategy.

As part of the project, the IEA has created an informal Advisory Group to provide strategic guidance to the project. The group includes over 100 representatives from government, academia, NGOs and business, including representatives from both IEA and non-IEA countries.

The project will engage with the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT), the Experts’ Group on R&D Priority Setting and Evaluation, the Experts’ Group on Science for Energy and the Multilateral Technology Initiatives, and it will link with, and build on, other IEA-related initiatives and efforts on assessing policy mechanisms for deployment, consumer adoption, and public acceptance.

Expected outcomes are designed to serve as an input both to the Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform, and to IEA’s 2012 edition of its bi-annual Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP 2012) publication, and will provide a global perspective on national energy technology innovation efforts. A report will be published in June 2011.