One of the main activities of the IEA Greenhouse
Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG) is to undertake technical and
economic evaluations of technology options for mitigating greenhouse
gas emissions. The technical options considered cover include
all the major sectors where greenhouse gas emissions arise, which
includes the: power generation, major industrial, transportation
and building sectors. The technical options considered include
the assessment of: individual technologies (e.g. retrofitting
CO2 capture plants at existing power
stations), and novel power generation cycles and potential future
energy system options (e.g. the hydrogen economy). In addition,
IEA GHG assesses the impact other mitigation actions can have,
like those for the Non-CO2 greenhouse
gases and put them in context with CO2
emission reduction actions.
IEA GHG evaluates the technologies using a transparent
and consistent methodology that allows direct comparison of the
technology options and other actions. In this way, IEA GHG provides
objective information to its members. Such information can then
be used by the policy making, industrial, scientific and academic
communities. Through its research activities IEA GHG aims to identify
key gaps in knowledge and promote activities to fill those gaps.
Such activities can be undertaken by IEA GHG or by its members.
The technical evaluations completed by IEA GHG
are provided as detailed technical reports
to its members. These reports aim to increase knowledge about
the role of mitigation policies but themselves do not undertake
advocacy or policy making.
The Technical Reports are available to organisations
in all member countried and to all sponsor organisation. Anybody
interested in obtaining these reports should contact the programme
In addition, IEA GHG publishes the results of
its work at various conferences around the world and in technical
journals. In so-doing IEA GHG aims to disseminate summaries of
the results of its work to a broader audience than just its membership.
A list of published technical papers
is provided for reference.