In December 2007 in Bali, the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed on an Action Plan, where advanced technology was prominently cited as means for facilitating progress toward common goals. Specifically, the Bali Roadmap called for enhanced action on technology development, including consideration of effective mechanisms and
enhanced means for cooperation on research and development of current, new and innovative technology, as well as mechanisms and tools for technology cooperation in specific sectors.
In June 2008 the IEA was asked by member countries and G8 to develop international roadmaps for a portfolio of key energy technologies. In Hokkaido a month later G8 leaders announced that “We will establish an international initiative with the support of the IEA to develop roadmaps for innovative technologies and cooperate upon existing and new partnerships, including carbon capture and storage (CCS) and advanced energy technologies.”
The IEA recognizes the importance and urgency of adopting appropriate measures to stimulate the necessary research, development and deployment of innovative technologies. An important step is to get a better picture of the current state of play of global R&D in energy technology.
The Expert Group and the IEA Secretariat convene this workshop to map global R&D efforts and identify current strategies to accelerate R&D in countries around the world. The workshop will complement the Group’s June 2008 workshops on enhancing R&D through roadmapping and the November 2008 workshop on enhancing technology development through international technology
At the workshop national experts will present current R&D portfolios and strategies in IEA countries, and invited experts will present on private and non-IEA R&D.