About the IEA
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY
Established in 1974, the International Energy Agency (IEA) carries out a comprehensive programme of energy co-operation for its 30 member countries and beyond by examining the full spectrum of energy issues and advocating policies that will enhance energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide. For more information, visit www.iea.org.
Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs)
Public and private-sector organisations
IEA Energy Technology Network
The IEA Energy Technology Network (ETN) is comprised of the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT), its Working Parties (WPs) and Expert Groups, as well as the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs). At the direction of the Governing Board, the CERT Comprised of senior experts from IEA member governments, the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT) considers effective energy technology and policies to improve energy security, encourage environmental protection and maintain economic growth. Under the guidance of the IEA Governing Board, the CERT oversees the technology forecasting, analyses and the research, development, demonstration and deployment strategies of the IEA Secretariat, notably through its technology flagship publication, Energy Technology Perspectives, and the series of energy technology roadmaps. The CERT also provides guidance to its working parties and experts' groups to examine topics that address current energy technology, or technology policy, issues.
The CERT is supported by four Working Parties:
Each Working Party coordinates the research activities of relevant TCPs. The CERT directly oversees TCPs of a cross-cutting nature.
IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes
The IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) are international groups of experts from government and private sector to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues. The first TCP was created in 1975. Today there are 38 TCPs in operation with over 6000 experts from around 300 public and private-sector organisations from over 50 countries. The term TCP indicates the collaborative programmes under the IEA Framework for International
Technology Co-operation. Each TCP is formally organised under the mechanism of an “Implementing Agreement”, which is also the term used to describe the legal text of a TCP. TCP activities and programmes are managed and financed by the participants. To learn more about TCPs, please consult the short promotional film, the Frequently Asked Questions brochure or the IEA website www.iea.org/tcp.
ABOUT THE CTP TCP
The activities of the TCP on Tokamak Programmes (CTP TC) are coordinated by the Fusion Power Co-ordinating Committee (FPCC). Views, findings and publications of the CTP TCP do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or of its individual member countries.