Workshop — Paris, France

Transforming Innovation into Realistic Market Implementation Programmes


Getting technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace is a multi-faceted challenge. Many financial, regulatory, structural and competition barriers exist, at all points in the RDD&D process. Policies and programmes aimed at reducing cost and risk, implementing codes and standards, designing public outreach programmes or implementing tax and financial incentives have been successful in overcoming these barriers. This topic is not new, but has gained renewed interest following discussions at high-level meetings.

At Aquila, Italy, G8 leaders emphasised the paramount importance of technology development and diffusion on a global scale in meeting the challenges of climate change and accelerating the economic recovery, while moving towards a low-carbon society. Leaders of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) stated that that the need for and deployment of transformational clean energy technologies at lowest possible cost is urgent. At the IEA Ministerial meeting October 2009, Ministers committed to undertake more efforts to accelerate public investments in RD&D with a view to doubling cost-effective RD&D investment in low-carbon technologies by 2015 to accelerate the spread of low-carbon energy technologies.

Funding research of new and enhanced energy technologies is evidently vital. Equally important will be the policies and programmes to facilitate deployment of those technologies, whether in IEA Member countries or non-Member countries. Links to

Background paper
Summary Report


Opening Remarks
Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, IEA

Energy Technology Perspectives
Peter Taylor, Head, Energy Technology Policy, IEA

Strategies for Commercialisation and Deployment of Technologies and Practices
Robert Marlay, Director, Climate Change Policy and Technology, Department of Energy

Moderator: Birte Holst Jorgensen (Riso National Laboratory, Denmark)

France: Instituts Carnot
Joachim Rams, Président, Association of Instituts Carnot

Germany: Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
Tilmann Kuhn, Head of Group Solar Facades, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

European Space Agency Experience with Technology Transfer
Callum Norrie, European Space Agency Technology Transfer Office

Funding Mechanisms for Technology Transfer
Bernd Geiger, Managing General Partner, Triangle Venture Capital Group Management

Moderator: Michel Gioria (ADEME, France)

Austria: Energy efficiency in buildings
Herbert Greisberger, Director, Austrian Society for Environment & Technology

Japan: Stationary fuel cell programme
Makoto Akai, National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technologies

Korea: Energy Efficiency Label and Standard Program
Ki-Hyun Lee, Asst. Manager, Energy Labels & Standards, Korea Energy Management Corporation

Creating Markets for Renewables: Best Practice Design of Feed-in Tariffs
David Jacobs, World Future Council

Rationales, Results and Recommendations of Energy Technology Innovation
Adam Hillestrøm, Senior Business Developer, DTU Innovation Group, Riso National Laboratory

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Strategies, Incentives, Successes and Failures
Tom Turrentine, Director, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center, University of California at Davis

Moderator: Frank Witte (NL Agency, Netherlands)

Italy: The Case of Smart Meters
Ferruccio Valli, Head, Electricity Quality of Supply, National Authority for Electricity and Gas

New Zealand: Shaping Consumer Choices
Sea Rotmann, Principal Scientist, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

United States: EnergyStar
Craig Zamuda, Senior Advisor, Climate Change, Policy and Technology, Department of Energy

Netherlands: Interministerial Programme for Energy Transitions
Hugo Brouwer, Director, Energy Transitions, Ministry of Economic Affairs

United Kingdom: Carbon Disclosure Project
Frances Way, Head of Supply Chain, Carbon Disclosure Project

Moderator: Peter Cunz, Chair, Committee on Energy Research and Technology

Reflection, Discussion and Next Steps
Robert Marlay, Director , Climate Change Policy and Technology, Department of Energy

Open Discussion

Which policies, programmes or measures:

  • provided the greatest insight for participants?
  • are found to be the most effective and why?
  • are found to be the least effective and why?
  • are better suited to a particular sector or technologies?
  • have the greatest potential for reducing CO2 emissions?
  • have the greatest potential for cost reduction?
  • are able to overcome financial barriers?
  • sidestepped regulatory barriers?
  • was the most efficiently implemented?