This technical workshop was convened to stimulate ideas for making energy research and innovation more effective and to encourage closer working relationships.
Existing cooperation to advance clean coal technologies and carbon capture and sequestration (e.g. Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum), hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, (e.g. International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy), renewable energy and energy efficiency (e.g. REEEP, REN 21, MEDREP) and nuclear energy (e.g. GEN IV Global International Forum and International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is established and operational. The existing partnerships include some key developing countries and complement the broad spectrum of energy technologies being progressed by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The workshop participants from G8 countries recognised the pressing need to meet growing global energy demand whilst addressing the challenges of energy security, air pollution and climate change. Developing country participants highlighted the importance of poverty alleviation, economic development and the need for solutions amenable to their needs.
The participants found the workshop valuable, particularly with respect to the sharing of information. However, given the appetite for information exchange and the time limitations, participants were not able to produce specific action oriented proposals.
The workshop participants made the following observations and recommendations with respect to energy research and innovation, to be put forward for consideration by the Governments of the participating countries.