Energy Technology Policy and Collaboration

Course content

This module is designed to help policy makers, analysts, and business representatives make the most informed and appropriate energy technology choices. It offers the building blocks for thoroughly understanding the existing energy technologies, the process for setting national technology goals, and the models of international collaboration.

More specifically, the module covers the following elements:

  • Trends from the IEA ‘Energy Technology Perspectives 2010’
    • Updated scenarios with regional level detail and commentary on the role of new technologies
    • Policy challenges and opportunities in each energy-using sector
    • Barriers and solutions to enhanced deployment of key clean technologies
  • Overview of the IEA Energy Technology Roadmap process as a policy instrument
  • International Collaboration in Low-Carbon Energy Technology
    • Benefits of participating in international collaborations
    • Overview of the IEA Energy Technology Network (NET)
    • Case studies on selected IEA Implementing Agreements and multilateral technology initiatives
    • Update on the International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform
    • Linkages to other technology co-operation initiatives

Why is this topic important?

Low-carbon technologies have a crucial role to play in the urgent transition to a sustainable pattern of energy supply and consumption. Faced with so many choices, analysts and policy makers need to understand what these technologies can offer in terms of sustaining energy supplies, cutting C02 emissions, and ensuring affordability.

Understanding the energy technology trends and looking for ways to optimise the energy systems is a top priority which requires concerted international effort. A number of energy technology initiatives exist and they can deliver greater benefits by wider participation and deeper commitment from the countries around the world. The IEA, with the support of its member countries, is actively engaging in collaborations that develop solutions, pathways and policies.

IEA’s credentials – why learn from us?

From markets and supply chains to technology and policy - the IEA is the only international agency that covers the full range of energy issues, encouraging international collaboration in energy technology, and leading a number of flagship initiatives. Through its Energy Technology Network, the IEA acts as a focal point for co-operation in energy technology RD&D. The rigorous worldwide research by IEA experts, close attention to international developments and extensive network of public and private sector collaborators put the Agency in a strong position to advise on energy policy issues and to recommend solutions for meeting policy objectives.

Who will benefit from this module?

This module is targeted at:

  • Government officials from energy, environment, planning & infrastructure, industry and finance departments
  • International and regional financing institutions
  • Agencies, industry and academics involved in energy R&D and in low-carbon policy

What will participants gain?

After attending this course participants will have a solid understanding of the potential from existing and future energy technologies and what is required to develop and deploy them. The course provides an essential update on the status of some international collaborations and an overview of the exiting technology networks that countries and institutions could join and benefit from.

Module structure

Training Formats

Module Length

Group Size

  • Lectures, presentations and interactive discussions

1 day

20 people