Accelerating clean energy technologies and innovation will be central to the fight against climate change, and the International Energy Agency's Energy Technology Perspectives, a guidebook on clean energy technologies, demonstrates quantitatively that roughly half of the emissions reductions needed to swiftly reach global net-zero emissions must come from technologies that have not yet reached the market. Understanding the opportunities and challenges that come with different new and emerging clean energy technologies is central for improved energy and environmental policy making. First issued in 2006, Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) has for more than a decade contributed to global energy and environmental policy-making. To further strengthen its relevance to decision-makers in governments and industry, the IEA has revamped the publication in this exciting 2020 release, with a focus on technology opportunities for reaching net-zero emissions from the energy sector.
The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA (CGEP) hosted Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA, and Timur Gül, Head of the Energy Technology Policy Division, IEA, for a presentation of key findings from Energy Technology Perspectives 2020. Following the presentation, Mr. Gül joined Dr. Cheryl Martin, Founder, Harwich Partners, and Dr. Varun Sivaram, CGEP Senior Research Scholar, for a discussion moderated by CGEP Founding Director Jason Bordoff.