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Technology Policy for Climate
Change Mitigation

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RFF Workshop organized jointly with the
French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and Lepii-EPE (Grenoble, France)

December 16th, 2004
Paris, France


Current U.S. climate change policy consists mainly of government support for R&D in energy-related technologies. Investing in the development of new technologies is intended to allow cheaper and faster reductions in the future. The Bush administration has viewed this policy as a substitute for mandatory emissions reductions.

European governments hold firm to the binding emission targets approach. Attributing a price to GHG emissions is perceived as a necessary condition for new technologies to emerge. This transatlantic disagreement over the role of technology policy has important implications for the future of the international climate change regime.

Is R&D alone enough? Are emission targets alone sensible? The meeting is dedicated to looking at technology policy for climate change mitigation in the context of the current transatlantic disagreement.

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Technology Policy for Climate Change Mitigation: A Transatlantic Perspective
(Summary Paper)

We believe that debating not only the rationale for, but also the nature and the exact role of, technology policy is an important step in the process of (re)creating a common transatlantic language on international climate change policy.


Session 1 - Technology Policies:
Rationale and Past Experience

Chair: J.M. Salmon, MEDD

Richard Newell

Senior Fellow,
Resources for the Future 

The Rationale and Instruments of Climate Technology Policy



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Michel Poireau

Head of Unit Policy and Strategy of Energy R&D, European Commission 

European Experience with R&D, Demonstration and Deployment Program


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Robert Marlay

Office of Policy and International Affairs,
U.S. Department of Energy

Technology, Policy and Climate Change: A Retrospective on Selected RD&D Experiences

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Gaëlle Monteiller

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Environment, Lafarge Group

Private Sector Responses to Technology Policy

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Session 2. Climate-Friendly Technologies:
Challenges and Policy Responses

Chair: Antonio Soria, IPTS

Sylvain David

CNRS/IN2P3, Institut de Physique Nucléaire d'Orsay, France

Nuclear Energy and Global Warming

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Kornelis Blok

Professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Challenges and Policy Options: Renewable Energy

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Daniel Sperling

Professor and Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

Advanced Vehicles and Alternative Fuels: Past, Present, Future

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Paul Waide

International Energy Agency

Energy Efficiency Opportunities and Challenges in a Technology Policy Context

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Edward S. Rubin

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Clean Coal: Oxymoron, or Bridge to a Sustainable (Low-Carbon) Future?

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Daniel Sperling

On behalf of Mike Ramage and National Research Council and National Academy of Engineering

The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers, and R&D Needs

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Session 3

Chair: Billy Pizer, RFF

Patrick Criqui

LEPII-EPE, Grenoble, France

Technology Policies or/and Emission Caps: Insights for Energy Technology Modelling



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David M. Reiner

University of Cambridge, and CFE-IFRI

Public Attitudes, Energy Technologies & Climate Policy

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Roundtable Panel: Balancing Emission Targets and Technology Policies

Chair: Richard Newell, RFF

Vicki Arroyo (Pew Center)
Tom Heller (Stanford University)
William Pizer (RFF)
Thierry Chambolle (Suez)

Balancing Climate in China: Mitigation, Diffusion, Invention - Tom Heller

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Closing Remarks

Pierre Noël


Closing Remarks

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