Energy Technology Roadmaps

Course content

This module covers the process that national governments can undertake to develop an energy technology roadmap at the national or sectoral level.

More specifically the following elements are included:

  • Data and analysis needed to begin a roadmap process and to frame the roadmap’s scope
  • Outline of the elements of a successful roadmap (analysis, technology input, milestones for technology, policy, financing, public engagement, etc.)
  • Approaches for inviting large stakeholder groups to make inputs
  • Key questions to ask of experts during a typical roadmapping session
  • Efficient roadmap development and review
  • Structure and elements of an effective roadmap document
  • General management guidance and typical time lines for developing roadmaps
  • Roadmap implementation: development of milestones and metrics to measure progress, and engagement/outreach to ensure broad awareness

Why is this topic important?

Countries interested in clean energy technology deployment require adequate tools to turn ambitions into implementation. An energy technology roadmap is an effective tool in this respect – it focuses on a single technology and outlines a clear and systematic path for its deployment within a set time period. The roadmapping process involves detailed analysis and assessments of aspects such as research, development and deployment (RD&D) of the technology, the legal, regulatory and financial issues, and consumer acceptance issues. It also identifies specific actions required for different stakeholder groups, along with milestones and metrics for measuring and monitoring implementation.

IEA’s credentials – why learn from us?

The IEA has developed 7 international energy technology roadmaps to date — solar PV, concentrating solar power, wind energy, CO2 capture and storage, electric vehicles, nuclear power and a roadmap for cement sector sustainability. Several additional roadmaps are being prepared, including on energy efficiency in buildings, smart power grids, biofuels, geothermal energy and vehicle efficiency.

Who will benefit from this module?

This module is targeted at:

  • Government policy makers from energy, resource, environment, and finance ministries
  • Private sector technology experts and researchers in energy technology R&D

What will participants gain?

After attending this course, participants will understand the process and requirements for developing a technology roadmap—what data/analysis is required, how to manage the process, how to develop specific metrics and milestones, etc. They will also about best-practice approaches from other countries and sectors that have developed roadmaps.

Module structure

Training Formats

Module Length

Group Size

  • Lectures, presentations and interactive discussions

  • Case Studies

Core module: 2 days

Technology specific modules: one day each

20 people