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05 Sep 2022 15:00—16:30 Paris Time Webinar

Enhancing public RD&D data collection: The experience of Latin American countries

To facilitate knowledge sharing and to promote an opportunity for peer exchanges related to efforts and methodologies to track clean energy innovation investments between selected Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile and Mexico), as well as interact with other Mission Innovation members and interested parties, by exchanging experiences about the status and processes of mapping clean energy innovation indicators. 

This activity aims to contribute to answering various key questions that can help countries to accelerate investments in clean energy innovation in Latin American countries and beyond. How much and in what energy technologies are the countries investing in? What are the key indicators that can guide and support decision making regarding investments in clean energy innovation? What are the main public policies instruments and mechanisms that the countries have been adopting to promote these investments and how could they be improved? How did Brazil, Chile and Mexico organize themselves to report RD&D data? What were the main challenges and results of this process? What could countries that do not yet monitor and track energy innovation data learn from the experience of these countries?

To provide a brief background about Brazil, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has been supporting the Center for Strategic Studies and Management (CGEE) and the Energy Research Office (EPE) of Brazil by improving Brazil’s database on clean energy innovation investments through the Energy Big Push (EBP) initiative. This has contributed to the Tracking Progress workstream in the first phase of Mission Innovation - the main global forum where governments connect to accelerate clean energy innovation.

Recently, Brazil was also part, for the first time, of the most important publication by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Budgets, based on information generated within the scope of the EBP.

The IEA has been collected data on public RD&D starting from 1974 as part of its broader work on collecting energy statistics. The database is published twice a year and has historically included IEA members, including Mexico. For the first time in 2021, it has broadened its coverage by including Brazil, an associated country, and it would be willing to support other Latin American and Caribbean countries in collection public RD&D data.

In the last edition of Mission Innovation (MI-6), hosted by Chile, Brazil had an active participation sharing its experience with member countries of this forum. Some examples are the webinar organized by the IEA prior to the MI event and a podcast produced by the Energy Research Office (EBP), with the participation of 14 partners of EBP’s initiative, as part of MI-6 platform. Beyond the importance of collaboration and exchange of experiences between Mission Innovation member countries, it is essential that this knowledge is disseminated and developed at the regional level.

There are important synergies and opportunities in this context. First, the new stage of EBP 2.0, which is now supported by the Euroclima+ Programme, with the technical assistance of ECLAC and GIZ. Part of EBP 2.0 concerns expanding energy innovation indicators in Brazil, including RD&D investments, as well as strengthening stakeholders’ articulation nationally, regionally and internationally. In addition, Brazil has been contributing to MI 2.0, more specifically in the insight and collaboration modules, taking advantage of the capacity developed within the scope of the EBP and of the partnership with the British government since 2020, which allowed the development of a data platform called Inova-e hosted at the EPE’s website.

The three countries (Brazil, Chile and Mexico), in addition to engaging with MI, also participate in the Regional Energy Planners Forum (FOREPLEN for its acronym in Spanish), a technical exchange platform to strengthen cooperation between countries on issues related to regional energy planning. The exchange of experiences between Latin American countries can inspire and engage other countries in the region and beyond to collect, monitor, track and accelerate clean energy innovation, in addition to strengthening the regional capacity to access robust evidence on innovation progress to inform effective decision-making towards a sustainable energy transition in the region.

The IEA’s role as the co-organiser of this event is facilitated through the Clean Energy Transitions in Emerging Economies programme, which received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952363.

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