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Climate-Tech RD&D

Innovation is central to addressing global climate change while increasing economic growth, boosting international competitiveness, and eliminating energy poverty. ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation seeks to accelerate the transition of the domestic and global energy systems to low-carbon resources. In the area of climate-tech RD&D, our research focuses on public and private investments to invent and improve technologies with the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions.


Beyond Force: A Realist Pathway Through the Green Transition

Beyond Force: A Realist Pathway Through the Green Transition

Trying to force adoption of clean energy with subsidies, regulations, and exhortations will fail. The only realistic way to spur the green transition is to develop clean technologies that can reach effective price and performance parity with dirty ones. Then markets will adopt them at scale.

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August 22, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

Green Transition: How Agriculture Can Drive Climate Change Solutions

Trying to force the green transition with government regulations, subsidies, and exhortation will not work. The economic reality is that clean energy technologies must reach price/performance parity with dirty energy (P3).

August 4, 2023|Blogs

Biological Solutions to Climate Challenges Deserve More Attention

Clean energy technologies need to reach price/performance parity with dirty energy—and biology may well be the most promising source for innovations that can achieve that goal.

July 27, 2023|Presentations

Climate & Freedom International Coalition Meeting

Rob Atkinson discusses ITIF's P3 paper and why it should be guide for clean energy policy at the Climate and Freedom Coalition Meeting hosted by the Grace Richardson Fund.

July 25, 2023|Events

A Realist Climate Policy: Driving Clean Tech to Price/Performance Parity

Watch now for the release event for the important new report and panel discussion on why P3 must be the new lens governments that governments must use to decide which clean energy technologies to support and how to support them.

July 24, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations at DOE Regarding Use of Demand-side Support for H2Hubs

Compared to grey hydrogen, clean hydrogen is significantly more costly—about three times for blue hydrogen and six times for green hydrogen. Demand-side support can help accelerate development and reach Nth-of-a-kind stages, supporting DOE’s mission by providing a predictable commercial market for clean hydrogen.

July 20, 2023|Events

Reimagining Energy Permitting for the 21st Century

Watch now for the Capitol Hill briefing event featuring keynote remarks by Reps. Garret Graves (R-LA) and Scott Peters (D-CA) followed by an expert panel discussion on ways Congress can reduce barriers to digital energy solutions, increase new energy infrastructure technologies, and modernize our entire energy infrastructure.

July 5, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Innovation Amplifiers: Getting More Bang for the Buck on GHG Reductions

The pace of GHG reductions needs to greatly accelerate. Recent investments are a great start but are not sufficient. We need to amplify the current investments to achieve clean energy as the norm and improve competitiveness.

June 26, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

How Biden’s Budget Shortchanges Clean Energy Innovation

The president’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year serves as a blueprint for how the government plans to deliver on the promise to bolster U.S. investments in science and technology in a bid to outcompete China in key industries.

June 20, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Closing the Trucking Gaps: Priorities for the Department of Energy’s RD&D Portfolio

Transitioning heavy-duty trucks to net-zero emissions is an important yet formidable challenge. Expanded RD&D support is needed to meet emission goals at price-performance parity.

June 16, 2023|Blogs

Congress Should Appropriate CHIPS and Science Act Authorizations to Further Energize American Innovation

Congress should make good on its promise to appropriate authorizations in the Chips and Science Act to further energize innovation in clean energy and other critical technologies.

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