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The International Energy Agency has launched a $34 million Clean Energy Transitions Programme, backed by 13 countries to support clean energy transitions globally.

The scheme will provide cutting-edge technical support to governments whose energy policies will significantly impact the speed of a global transition toward more sustainable energy production and use, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and greater access to energy.

According to the IEA, the programme will involve deep and sustained partnerships with governments and will include collaborative analytical work, technical co-operation, training and capacity building, strategic dialogues, secondments and implementation of joint work programmes.

Work will focus on five thematic areas, covering data and statistics; energy efficiency; renewables, including system integration; policy guidance and modelling; and technology development and innovation.

Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, said: “This programme will help improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations, increasing access to clean and modern energy sources for women in developing countries so that they are empowered to enrich their quality of life and that of their families.”

The announcement was made before the start of the IEA’s 2017 Ministerial Meeting, held in Paris earlier this week.

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The programme includes contributions from Canada (CAD 1 million), Denmark (DKK 25 million), the European Commission (EUR 3.5 million), Germany (EUR 6 million), Sweden (EUR 5.2 million), Switzerland (CHF 1 million), and the United Kingdom (GBP 8 million).

Work will focus on key countries that are seeking greater cooperation with the IEA, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa, as well as other IEA association and partner countries and regions where the programme can have high impact. Read more…

Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, said: “Denmark’s contribution is a continuation of the successful E4-programme that advances energy efficiency in emerging economies.”

Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director also commented: “We look forward to building on the existing work and expertise of the IEA, providing data, analysis and real-world expertise across all fuels and technologies to help accelerate the clean energy transitions.”


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