This project has been funded by the European Union within the framework of the Pilot Project on Transatlantic Methods for Handling Global Challenges (http://transatlanticenergyefficiency.eu) with the following broad objectives:
I. Main Objectives
1. Analyse EU and US energy technology road maps, the potential for synergies and opportunities for harmonisation, with the focus on energy R&D aimed at enhanced energy efficiency.
2. Identify joint EU‐US approaches to supporting emerging economies’ own efforts to embrace energy efficient and low carbon technologies.
3. Set the above in the context of the current global economic climate, and the respective EU, US and emerging countries’ actions for economic revival (while considering the availability and viability of options for re‐launching economic growth on an energy efficient, low carbon track while generating “green” jobs).Specifically, to highlight how and to what extent support for energy efficiency and associated technologies and innovation can contribute to wider economic stimulus ‐ ‘Green New Deal’ – type ambitions.
Help policy makers in EU, US and emerging economies better understand how to maximise the impact ‐ in terms of energy efficiency, the development of economic activity, climate change impacts etc – of support for energy technologies and related R&D.
Create a virtual Global Energy Efficiency Forum, to support ongoing dialogue and interaction between academics, business and policy leaders to generate mutual respect and understanding about their view and analyses as to how improved energy efficiency and associated technologies can be mobilised.
Contribute to the post Kyoto and Copenhagan climate change outcomes by providing evidence to inform the continuing evolution of policy as regards energy efficiency and technology and research and development and to R&D policy for the future.
The scope of the project includes energy efficiency in buildings, transport and industry, and the emphasis is on the policies needed to achieve both implementation of existing well established technologies, and to stimulate the development and implementation of energy saving innovations in both products and services.
It is a joint project of UC Berkeley' s iGov-Institutions and Governance Program with the Earth System Institute, University College, Dublin - Sustainable Energy Ireland - Centre for European Study Policy Studies (Brussels).