CETP – The IEA’s energy transition accelerator

By Michael Rogers

CETP – accelerating global transitions towards sustainable energy
CETP – accelerating global transitions towards sustainable energy (illustration: IEA)

In late 2017, the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched its Clean Energy Transitions Programme (CETP) with the goal of accelerating the transition to clean energy sources around the globe. Now, the recently released CETP Annual Report 2018 outlines the programme’s eventful first year.

The Programme’s focus goes beyond the member countries of the OECD and IEA:

The CETP is providing cutting-edge technical support to governments whose energy policies will significantly influence prospects for, and the speed of, a global transition towards more sustainable energy production and use. The Programme aims for reductions in GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and countries’ own targets, enhancing energy access and reducing air pollution. Priority countries include Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa, as well as other IEA Association and priority countries as well as regions where the Programme can have high impact. The transformative outcomes sought by the CETP entail close collaboration with governments to achieve effective collaboration driven by each priority country’s objectives. This is being achieved through iterative discussions, workshops and exchanges, and in accordance with joint work programmes.

Collaborative approach
What’s apparent from the report is how CETP has approached energy transition with emerging economies. Focusing on energy security and providing enough energy to fuel economic growth, clean energy is often not the primary consideration of these emerging economies.

With that in mind, CETP’s first year concentrated on raising awareness in six priority countries – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa – in addition to the Programme’s global and regional efforts.

Energy production, consumption and emissions profiles, along with economic growth, make the successful energy transition of these emerging economies of global importance – and CETP efforts during the first year have resulted in promising, positive effect.

According the IEA, “Key accomplishments under the CETP in 2018 include: more than 2,500 individuals trained; more than 20 high-level exchanges including ministers and other high-level decision makers; 22 major pieces of analyses; and a wide variety of outcomes reflecting real-world impact such as knowledge exchange activities, cross-cutting innovation enhancement and joint efforts on improving energy statistics.”

Split over two parts, the CETP Annual Report first outlines efforts during 2018, including summaries of accomplishments from the six priority countries.

The report summaries reveal how CETP activities are tailored to each priority country. Applying IEA strengths and capabilities – and building on longstanding IEA relationships – CETP helped each country to work towards meeting the key challenges faces in developing its own clean energy transition strategies and policies.

The report’s second half looks forward to 2019 and beyond, with increased application of IEA capabilities in areas such as data and statistics, electricity and sectoral work.

In his letter introducing the Annual Report, Fatih Berol, Executive Director of the IEA, writes, “Along with providing cutting-edge technical support to major emerging economies, the CETP is producing tangible benefits for the entire IEA family through improved global data, closer strategic and technical co-operation, and a stronger multilateral platform to learn from one another.”

The CETP goal of understanding the concerns emerging economies hold about energy supply and security is key. Ensuring that information flows freely in all directions during the dialogue between Programme participants is a significant factor in CETP’s success thus far.

Need more perspective on the challenges of the global transition to cleaner energy? The report is well worth a read.

To find out more about CETP and download the 2018 annual report, visit www.iea.org/publications/reports/cetpannualreport2018