Past Conference

Technology Policy for Climate Change Mitigation

Dec 16, 2004 - Dec 17, 2004

About the Event

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


  • William A. Pizer, Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
  • Richard G. Newell, Gendell Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences Duke University