IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme

Organisation

An overview of IEAGHG including information on funding and supporters.

Overview

The IEAGHG Programme was established under the terms of an Implementing Agreement from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Currently the Programme is supported by 18 member countries, the European Commission, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 23 multi-national sponsors.

Funding for the Programme is provided by the members, with individual contributions forming a common pool of research funds.

The International Energy Agency (IEA)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an autonomous agency established in 1974. The IEA carries out a comprehensive programme of energy co-operation among 28 advanced economies, each of which is obliged to hold oil stocks equivalent to 90 days of its net imports. The aims of the IEA are to:

  • Secure member countries’ access to reliable and ample supplies of all forms of energy; in particular, through maintaining effective emergency response capabilities in case of oil supply disruptions.
  • Promote sustainable energy policies that spur economic growth and environmental protection in a global context – particularly in terms of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
  • Improve transparency of international markets through collection and analysis of energy data.
  • Support global collaboration on energy technology to secure future energy supplies and mitigate their environmental impact, including through improved energy efficiency and development and deployment of low-carbon technologies.
  • Find solutions to global energy challenges through engagement and dialogue with non-member countries, industry, international organisations and other stakeholders.

To attain these goals, increased co-operation between industries, businesses and government energy technology research is indispensable. The public and private sectors must work together, share burdens and resources, while at the same time multiplying results and outcomes.

The IEA has established a CCS Unit which is engaged in analysing and developing options that policymakers can use for promoting safe and accountable CCS and for overcoming barriers to its deployment. This work includes national level CCS-specific policy and global climate policy development. More detials can be found on their website at http://www.iea.org/topics/ccs/

Energy Technology Network

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The IEA Energy Technology Network is comprised of the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT), working parties, experts’ groups and the Implementing Agreements. A key role of the CERT is to provide leadership by guiding working parties and Implementing Agreements to shape work programmes that address current energy issues productively, by regularly reviewing their accomplishments, and suggesting reinforced efforts where needed.  The accomplishments of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, or IEAGHG, are regularly reviewed by the Working Party on Fossil Fuels and making a recommendation to the CERT. 

Implementing Agreements

The Implementing Agreements are independent, multilateral technology initiatives supported by the IEA. They provide a flexible and effective framework for multi-stakeholder collaboration on energy technologies. IEA Member countries, Partner countries, academia, research institutions, businesses, industries, international organisations and non-government organisations work together to accelerate deployment of energy technologies. Since the IA mechanism was created in 1975, participants have examined more than 1 400 topics in the energy field through applied research, testing, expert networks, databases, workshops and scientist exchanges. Key outcomes include policy briefs; setting international standards; developing recycling models; life-cycle assessments; gathering important data; case studies; best practice guidebooks and manuals; and pilot and demonstration projects. There are currently 40 IAs working in the areas of:

  • Cross-Cutting Activities (information exchange, modelling, technology transfer)
  • End-Use (buildings, electricity, industry, transport)
  • Fossil Fuels (greenhouse-gas mitigation, supply, transformation)
  • Fusion Power (sharing best practice of international experiments)
  • Renewable Energies and Hydrogen (technologies and deployment)

Views, findings and publications of the IAs do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or of its individual Member countries. For further information on the IEA Secretariat, the Energy Technology Network and the Implementing Agreements, see

 http://www.iea.org/topics/cleanenergytechnologies/ieaenergytechnologynetwork/.

Operating Agent

The IEAGHG Programme’s Operating Agent is IEA Environmental Projects Ltd. The Agent manages the common research funds provided by the members and is also responsible for delivering the work programme required. A small project team manages technical studies, dissemination activities and research facilitation in accordance with members’ requirements.

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