Clean Energy Transitions Programme
Accelerating global transitions towards sustainable energy
The Clean Energy Transitions Programme (CETP) leverages the IEA’s unique energy expertise across all fuels and technologies to accelerate global clean-energy transitions, particularly in major emerging economies. The Programme includes collaborative analytical work, technical cooperation, training and capacity building and strategic dialogues.
Rapid and sustainable transformation in the energy sector is essential not only to reach climate goals, but also to reduce air pollution, and to enable access to energy for the nearly 1.1 billion currently without electricity and 2.8 billion without clean cooking facilities. This transition is particularly urgent in developing countries, where population and economic growth will continue to contribute to increasing energy demand, CO2 emissions and air pollution.
In fact, over the next 25 years, more than 95% of growth in primary energy will come from non-OECD countries, with the majority of consumption driven by a small number of emerging economies. These countries will therefore shape, to a significant extent, the future of the global energy landscape.
This map is without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area.
Where do we work?
The programme focuses on key emerging economies including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa, as well as other IEA Association and Partner countries and regions where the programme can have high impact.
- South Africa
Brazil has one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world, with renewable sources (primarily hydropower) making up almost three-quarters of its generation mix. It is also the largest energy player in Latin America, making up almost one-third of energy production and almost half of total final consumption in the region. With the right policies and investments, CO2 emissions could be almost halved by 2040.
Under the CETP, IEA is working with Brazil on supporting the development and review of the national energy efficiency action plan, as well as work related to renewable energy deployment.
China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of energy and the world’s leading CO2 emitter, responsible for around 28% of global emissions. At the same time, China is the world’s leading investor in renewable energy and has the world's largest renewable energy capacity. It is also forecast to account for 40% of global renewable capacity growth to 2022.
Under the CETP, work is underway in China on examining power system optimisation and understanding interactions between policies, with an emphasis on the country's emissions trading system. The IEA is also contributing to preparation of China’s mid-century energy transition strategy.
India is the world's fastest growing country in terms of global energy demand, with potentially significant consequences for greenhouse gas emissions. Ambitious efforts are underway to more than triple renewable power from just over 50 GW today to 175 GW by 2022. India, China and the United States are together forecast to account for more than two thirds of global renewable expansion by 2022.
The IEA is working with India on flexible power systems, improvement of energy data, innovation tracking and development of sound clean energy R&D policies.
Indonesia is the largest economy and largest coal producer in Southeast Asia and and the world’s second largest coal exporter. Indonesia is also Asia's third largest CO2 emitter after China and India.
The IEA is working with Indonesia to improve energy efficiency by supporting the development of a comprehensive energy efficiency strategy for the industry sector and a set of energy efficiency indicators; providing comprehensive capacity building on energy efficiency to policymakers; and analysing the impact of introducing fuel standards for heavy duty vehicles. Work is also underway to provide advice and guidance on ways to encourage and promote power sector investment, to reduce renewables costs and enhance scale-up, and to move forward with effective power sector planning and reform. The IEA is also providing technical assistance aimed at enhancing Indonesian energy data and statistics, including strengthening energy balances.
Mexico’s energy consumption has the potential to rise substantially by 2040, as energy consumption per capita is only 40% of the OECD average. At the same time, Mexico’s energy system is undergoing a profound transition and reform aimed at modernising, diversifying, and decarbonising the energy system - even under current plans, half of the projected 100 GW of new capacity to 2040 is set to come from renewable sources
The IEA is working with Mexico, an IEA member country, to improve energy data and energy efficiency among other areas of work under the CETP.
South Africa is the continent's largest energy consumer and holds about half of Africa's electricity generation capacity. It also has the highest electrification rates in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet as the fifth largest coal producer in the world, coal comprises 70% of primary energy consumption and over 90% of the electricity mix in South Africa. In a scenario where Africa meets ambitious economic and social development goals, the share of renewables in South Africa’s power mix would rise from 1% to 22% in 2040, leading to a significant reduction CO2 emissions intensity of the power sector – currently among the highest in the world.
CETP focus areas
Over recent years, the IEA has been working increasingly closely with key emerging economies on programmes such as Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4), Grid Integration of Variable Renewables (GIVAR), work under the Clean Energy Ministerial and the training and capacity building programme for data and statistics that trains about 500 participants per year from 50 countries. The IEA has also produced World Energy Outlook Special Reports on India and Mexico, and included a special focus on China in World Energy Outlook 2017.
The CETP builds on this experience and focuses on six inter-related thematic areas to support partner countries with their energy transitions.
Data and statistics
Robust, policy relevant data and statistics are key to making policy decisions including identifying priorities, setting clear targets and measuring progress. Building on the IEA Energy Data Centre’s long-established track record on sharing knowledge and best practices on energy data, the CETP aims to forge stronger partnerships with agencies and organisations in focus countries to improve and expand energy statistics at the country level.
The CETP focuses on improvements in energy data quality by sharing information on data collection and organisation practices through workshops, training events and developing guidance manuals on energy statistics in multiple languages.
Energy efficiency is a key, cost-effective means to improve the sustainability of the energy sector. Under the CETP, the Energy Efficiency for Emerging Economies (E4) Programme supports the scale-up of energy efficiency activities that generate economy-wide benefits in countries such as Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa, as well as with regional and multilateral platforms including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and G20.
The E4 Programme works with target country governments based on areas of interest including projecting the potential for energy efficiency to inform national policy, tracking progress and assessing impacts and adapting polices to achieve greater impacts. The programme also works with countries to quantify and communicate the multiple benefits of energy efficiency with the objective of engaging leaders, ministries and other influential stakeholders.
Electricity sector transition for a high renewables future
This work stream focuses on understanding how to improve electricity system flexibility to integrate renewable energy sources, including addressing questions related to market structure and investment needs. Flexibility implies the capability of a power system to maintain continuous service in the face of rapid and large swings in supply or demand – increasingly important as variable renewable energy sources are added to the energy mix.
Under the CETP the IEA is working with countries to deliver a toolbox for policy, including a database of modelling parameters, criteria for power system modelling, and collection of best practices.
Policy guidance and modelling
The IEA is ramping up its efforts to support strategic policy planning for clean energy through the development of tailored analytical tools that can help to decipher energy policy challenges and opportunities in different country contexts. By focusing on a range of energy-related Sustainable Development Goals, the IEA’s modelling outputs can guide each country’s energy transition policies depending on local development priorities, such as improving energy access and reducing air pollution. For example, the IEA's modelling and analytical capabilities have been put to work in the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa, on energy security in Thailand, and on comprehensive energy outlooks for India, the People’s Republic of China and Mexico.
The CETP also focuses on improving modelling capacity in target countries to shed light on long-term clean energy pathways, as well as the mitigation potentials and technologies to enable clean energy transitions. In addition, the IEA carries out joint modelling exercises with partner organisations in specific countries.
Energy transitions in sectors
To support energy transitions in specific sectors, CETP includes modelling and technical co-operation work focused on the industry and transport sectors, with a set of work streams that can be tailored to different countries depending on their particular profile and policy priorities.
Work encompasses development and use of analytical tools, technology roadmaps, policy advice (e.g. fuel economy standards for vehicles and demand-side management in industry), strategic planning, and sharing of best practices.
Technology innovation, collaboration and tracking
The IEA is working with countries to enhance analysis and tracking of RD&D spending; identify innovation needs, gaps and opportunities; support development and improvement of national frameworks for clean energy innovation; and enhance multi-lateral collaboration on energy research and innovation, including sharing of best practices between countries.
Under the CETP, efforts are underway to deepen engagement of key emerging economies through Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCP) and enhance cooperation under Mission Innovation. The IEA has developed low-carbon energy technology roadmaps to accelerate development and deployment of key technologies for the energy transitions. The CETP aims to support the development and implementation of technology roadmaps tailored to national capabilities, resources, and goals.
CETP supports or enhances a range of IEA reports and paper relevant to clean energy transitions for emerging economies.
The clean hydrogen future has already begun 23 April 2019
Can CO2-EOR really provide carbon-negative oil? 11 April 2019
Jun 18 June 18, 2019 15:32
Event 3rd universal meeting of IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes Paris, France
May 27 May 27, 2019 11:03
Event Clean Energy Ministerial & Mission Innovation Vancouver, Canada
May 13 May 13, 2019 09:00
Workshop Workshop on System Resiliency and Flexibility Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna, Austria
Dec 10 December 10, 2018 12:00
Event Addressing urban air quality: An urgent environmental issue Korea Pavilion, COP24, Katowice, Poland
Dec 7 December 07, 2018 15:30
Event Practice and Prospects of CCUS in China COP24, Katowice, Poland (China Pavilion)
Dec 3 December 03, 2018 17:34
Event COP24 Katowice, Poland
Oct 25 October 25, 2018 14:56
Workshop Conference on the Promotion of Women in the Clean Energy Sector Santiago, Chile
Oct 25 October 25, 2018 14:26
Event Third IEA Global Conference on Energy Efficiency Paris, France
Oct 22 October 22, 2018 09:00
Workshop Future Energy Market Designs: Research and Innovation Needs Berlin
Sep 18 September 18, 2018 15:00
Event High-level discussion with Mr Michael Liebreich and Dr Fatih Birol Livestream
Sep 5 September 05, 2018 11:00
Aug 22 August 22, 2018 09:00
Workshop American Steel Experts’ Dialogue São Paulo, Brazil
Jun 20 June 20, 2018 00:00
Workshop Systems Integration Side Event Yokohama, Japan
May 23 May 23, 2018 17:34
Event High-level Event: Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and Mission Innovation (MI) Malmö, Sweden / Copenhagen, Denmark
May 22 May 22, 2018 10:18
Apr 16 April 16, 2018 14:24
Event Workshop: Flexible Power System - Learning from Global Experiences Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi
Apr 11 April 11, 2018 14:10
Workshop Knowledge Building on Women in Clean Energy Rome, Italy
Mar 27 March 27, 2018 16:49
Event Workshop: Mid-century Strategy for Climate Mitigation Framing and Methodologies Beijing, China
Mar 27 March 27, 2018 14:22
Mar 9 March 09, 2018 09:00
Workshop World Energy Investment Roundtable 2018 UICP Espace Congrès, 16 rue Jean-Rey, Paris 15
Feb 7 February 07, 2018 16:00
Event Webinar: Digitalization & Energy Paris, France
Nov 6 November 06, 2017 00:00
Oct 12 October 12, 2017 09:00
Workshop Towards a Consumer-Driven Energy System: Understanding Human Behaviour Hosted by the Technical University of Denmark
Oct 9 October 09, 2017 09:00
Workshop 2nd Universal Meeting of IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes UIC-P Espaces Congrès (16 rue Jean Rey - 75015 Paris, France)
Jul 12 July 12, 2017 09:30
Workshop Identifying Technology Innovation Needs and Opportunities Under Mission Innovation Challenge n°2: Off-grid Access to Electricity OECD Conference Centre, 2 rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris, France
Jun 14 June 14, 2017 09:00
Workshop Blue Sky Research for Energy Technology University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Apr 25 April 25, 2017 00:00
Workshop Sustainability Governance - Bioenergy CCM
Mar 28 March 28, 2017 00:00
Workshop Scaling-up renewables through decentralised energy solutions Paris
Mar 20 March 20, 2017 09:30
Feb 7 February 07, 2017 00:00
Workshop IEA Renewable heating and cooling workshop Permanent delegation of Finland to the OECD, Paris
Jan 25 January 25, 2017 14:00
Workshop The promise of fusion - innovation and the role of industry OECD Headquarters, 2 rue André-Pascal, 75016 Paris
Nov 7 November 07, 2016 00:00
Oct 26 October 26, 2016 09:00
Workshop Life in the fast lane: evolving paradigms for mobility and transportation systems of the future Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Washington D.C.
Oct 17 October 17, 2016 12:30
Workshop The role of cities in fostering the low-carbon energy transition Side Event, Habitat III Conference, Quito
Oct 11 October 11, 2016 09:00
Workshop IEA-ISGAN Workshop: Flexibility in future energy systems UIC-P (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer/International Union of Railways
Sep 21 September 21, 2016 09:00
Workshop Education and Training for Capacity Building in the Energy Sector IEA, Paris
Jul 11 July 11, 2016 15:00
Jun 20 June 20, 2016 09:00
Workshop Re-defining Climate Ambition To "Well-below 2°C" Paris
May 19 May 19, 2016 09:00
Workshop Petrochemicals modelling workshop Paris
May 17 May 17, 2016 09:00
Workshop Workshop on Space Cooling IEA
Mar 14 March 14, 2016 00:00
Workshop Renewable Energy Policies Post - COP21 Paris
Mar 1 March 01, 2016 09:30
Workshop Energy storage in Germany - R&D for the energy systems transformation ZAE Bayern, Garching, Germany
Feb 29 February 29, 2016 10:15
Workshop Distributed Energy Resources Workshop 1: New Roles and responsibilities in Smart Distribution Networks IEA Conference Room 1
Jan 21 January 21, 2016 09:00
Workshop IEA CHP/DHC Collaborative Workshop IEA
Dec 8 December 08, 2015 15:00
Workshop Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Innovation Focus Le Bourget
Dec 8 December 08, 2015 13:30
Workshop High-level event on Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) Netherlands Pavilion at COP 21
Dec 3 December 03, 2015 10:00
Workshop COP21 IEA Technical Day: Analysis for COP21 and Beyond Le Bourget, Blue Zone, WBCSD-IETA Pavilion
Nov 30 November 30, 2015 00:00
Workshop COP 21 / CMP 11: 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol Paris
Oct 5 October 05, 2015 09:00
Workshop Island Energy - Status and Perspectives Institute of Applied Energy (IAE)
Oct 4 October 04, 2015 16:37
Sep 28 September 28, 2015 09:00
Workshop Integrating New Technologies while Maintaining Resource Adequacy IEA, Room 1
Sep 16 September 16, 2015 09:15
Workshop Expert workshop in support of implementing a wind energy technology roadmap for India New Delhi, India
Jun 3 June 03, 2015 09:00
Workshop Will a smarter grid lead to smarter end users - or vice versa? The Research Council of Norway, Oslo
May 11 May 11, 2015 00:00
Workshop Renewable Energies for Manufacturing Industries (REMI) Paris
May 4 May 04, 2015 09:00
Workshop Towards a Global EV Market Goyang, Korea
Apr 22 April 22, 2015 08:30
Workshop 7th CCS Regulatory Network Meeting Paris
Apr 20 April 20, 2015 08:30
Workshop Managing Long-term Liability for Geologic Storage of CO2 IEA, Paris
Mar 24 March 24, 2015 00:00
Jan 28 January 28, 2015 14:00
Workshop Webinar: Advancing Materials Research for Power Generation Paris, France
Jan 16 January 16, 2015 13:00
Dec 1 December 01, 2014 14:22
Workshop 20th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP 20/COP MOP 10) Lima, Peru
Nov 27 November 27, 2014 09:30
Workshop South America expert workshop on bioenergy: 27-28 November 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil - How2Guide for Bioenergy Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nov 5 November 05, 2014 09:30
Nov 4 November 04, 2014 08:30
Oct 28 October 28, 2014 09:00
Workshop Urban Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 Workshop Paris
Oct 22 October 22, 2014 09:00
Workshop The Role of Storage in Energy System Flexibility Ministry of Economic Affairs & Energy, Berlin
Sep 23 September 23, 2014 10:30
Workshop Policy Best Practices for Accelerating the Deployment of Low-Carbon Energy and Climate Technologies Paris, IEA Headquarters
Jul 23 July 23, 2014 09:30
Workshop South-East Asia Expert Workshop on Biomass resources and Bioenergy potential - How2Guide for Bioenergy Bangkok, Thailand
Jun 26 June 26, 2014 09:00
Workshop Hydrogen Technology Roadmap Asia Workshop Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Jun 24 June 24, 2014 09:51
Jun 23 June 23, 2014 14:30
Workshop Webinar 4 IEA's Building Modelling and Data Review Paris, France
Jun 10 June 10, 2014 13:30
Workshop Webinar 3 IEA's Building Activities/Partnership - Project Plans for Discussion Paris, France
May 27 May 27, 2014 09:00
May 27 May 27, 2014 09:00
Workshop Joint Strategic Workshop on CHP and DHC Technologies Paris
May 22 May 22, 2014 10:30
Workshop Webinar 2 Capacity Building & Construction Transformation in Emerging Economies Paris, IEA
May 21 May 21, 2014 16:00
Workshop Webinar 1 Building Programmatic Priorities and ETP 2014 Paris, France
Apr 29 April 29, 2014 09:30
Workshop Southern Africa Bioenergy Expert Workshop on Waste-to-energy and Biogas - How2Guide for Bioenergy Durban, South Africa
Apr 23 April 23, 2014 09:30
Workshop Modelling and Analyses in R&D Priority-Setting and Innovation IEA, Paris
Feb 27 February 27, 2014 10:00
Workshop Gaps and strategic opportunities for international collaboration on low-carbon energy technologies Paris, IEA Headquarters
Feb 3 February 03, 2014 09:00
Workshop Solar Electricity Roadmap Workshop Paris
Jan 28 January 28, 2014 16:01
Workshop Hydrogen Technology Roadmap North America Workshop Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Jan 28 January 28, 2014 12:13
Workshop Strengthening the Links between Fusion and Society Paris
Dec 5 December 05, 2013 09:03
Workshop CCS: Options for Energy Intensive Industry Beijing, China
Nov 13 November 13, 2013 09:00
Workshop RD&D Needs for Energy System Climate Preparedness and Resilience Utrecht, The Netherlands
May 22 May 22, 2013 09:53
Workshop Mobility: Technology Priorities and Strategic Urban Planning Espoo, Finland
Feb 26 February 26, 2013 10:50
Workshop How2Guide Workshops for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks and Wind Energy Johannesburg, South Africa
Feb 12 February 12, 2013 15:39
Workshop International CHP/DHC Workshop Paris, France
Dec 10 December 10, 2012 09:59
Workshop Cleaner and More Efficient Coal Technologies in Russia and Worldwide Moscow, Russia
Nov 28 November 28, 2012 11:55
Workshop Energy Technology R&D Needs of Emerging Economies Beijing, China
Nov 27 November 27, 2012 11:29
Workshop Integrated Approaches to Energy Technologies Beijing, China
Oct 22 October 22, 2012 10:50
Workshop ETP 2012 Training and How2Guide Workshops for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks and Wind Energy Manila, Philipines
Oct 3 October 03, 2012 10:50
Workshop From Mediterranean Plans to Renewable Energy Power Plants Rome, Italy
Sep 12 September 12, 2012 09:59
Workshop How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks: drafting workshop Dublin, Ireland
Jul 2 July 02, 2012 00:00
Workshop Energy Technology, Energy Efficiency and Modernization IEA Headquarters
Jun 6 June 06, 2012 00:00
Workshop Energy Efficiency Indicators Workshop IEA, Paris
Jun 5 June 05, 2012 00:00
Workshop International Conference on Bioenergy in Russia Moscow
Jun 4 June 04, 2012 00:00
Workshop Technology Platform Training Workshop: IEA Technology Roadmap methodologies World Trade Centre, Moscow, Russia
May 9 May 09, 2012 00:00
Workshop Developments in Energy Education: Reducing Boundaries Copenhagen
Mar 19 March 19, 2012 09:00
Workshop Solar energy in Morocco Oriental, training workshop Oujda
Support for CETP
Launched at the IEA Ministerial Meeting in November 2017, the CETP is supported by contributions from Canada, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.