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IEA (2021), Expanding the global reach of the TCPs, IEA, Paris https://www.iea.org/reports/expanding-the-global-reach-of-the-tcps
More innovation is needed to meet global energy and climate goals. Reaching net zero by 2050 requires further rapid deployment of available technologies as well as widespread use of technologies that are not yet on the market. Major innovation and deployment efforts must occur over this decade in order to bring these new technologies to market in time. Most of the global reductions in CO2 emissions through 2030 come from technologies readily available today. But in 2050, almost half the reductions come from technologies that are currently at the demonstration or prototype phase.
International co-operation has a critical role to play in developing clean energy technologies. Making net zero emissions a reality hinges on a singular, unwavering commitment from all governments – working together with one another, and with businesses, investors and citizens. Without effective international co-operation, including for energy innovation and technology development, the transition to a low-carbon future may be delayed by decades.
Emerging markets are central to the world’s energy and climate challenge and technology solutions. They are expected to account for much of future energy demand growth and have become large markets for new technologies in recent decades. The number of innovative energy concepts and products developed there is also steadily growing as governments ramp up efforts to strengthen innovation capacity. International collaboration can support these efforts and help accelerate energy technology innovation globally.
Many emerging economies are already active participants across the TCP network, but there are opportunities for stronger engagement. There is strong interest from TCPs to expand their participation more broadly, and for countries around the world to get engaged. However, despite this strong interest from both sides, most TCPs are still predominantly made up of IEA members.
The IEA has prepared a handbook on “Expanding the global reach of the TCPs” based on interviews with TCPs. It collects TCP good practice and experience to broaden their reach, as well as guidance on what TCPs are and how they function for decision makers in prospective member countries, focusing on key benefits of membership. The handbook identifies three core themes where TCPs may exchange learnings and suggestions to foster enhanced participation looking forward.
Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
Energy Technology Innovation Partnerships
Enhancing collaboration between multilateral initiatives
A handbook for TCPs and other clean energy initiatives