IEA (International Energy Agency) Energy Technology Network
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.
Energy Technology Network
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 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