Committee on Energy Research and Technology

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 technology tracking project, Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP), and the series of Technology Roadmaps.  The CERT also provides strategic guidance to its Working Parties, Experts' Groups and the Technology Collaboration Programmes. 

Working Parties

There are four CERT Working Parties, each considering national policy developments and technology trends relating to its area of specialisation. The working parties support and facilitate RDD&D co-operation among member countries, and, as appropriate, seek opportunities to collaborate with partner countries. They also regularly review accomplishments of each of the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (IEA TCPs) in its relevant area of expertise, making a recommendation to the CERT for the continuation of each such IEA TCP. 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.

IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes

The IEA supports international energy technology RDD&D and knowledge transfer through autonomous, multilateral IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes. The experts participating in these groups represent public- and private-sector entities worldwide. Together, these experts share knowledge – and resources – to advance energy technologies worldwide.