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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.

Climate-Tech RD&D

Publications and Events

October 27, 2022|Events

Mission Critical: Accelerating Innovation at COP 27

Join ITIF, IIT-Delhi, and Tufts University’s Climate Policy Lab as thought leaders from these institutions share their visions for a successful COP for innovation, building off the 12 September forum published in Nature Energy.

October 13, 2022|Events

Decarbonizing Chemical Production: Innovation Strategies

Please join us as we share new work from ITIF, George Mason’s Center for Energy Science and Policy, and the Center for Houston’s Future that investigates these pathways and explores policy options to decarbonize chemical production.

September 27, 2022|Blogs

5G Can Play a Role in Reducing Environmental Harm

Even as greenhouse gas emissions keep increasing, solutions are emerging—some of the most promising of which stem from technological innovations, including burgeoning 5G.

September 7, 2022|Events

Buying Power: How Federal Procurement Can Drive Clean Energy Innovation

Join ITIF for an expert panel discussion about a new report by ITIF board member and former DOD and GSA sustainability leader Dorothy Robyn.

August 22, 2022|Reports & Briefings

Closing the Gap: Priorities for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building RD&D Portfolio

The building sector is not on track to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Federal RD&D investments have been disproportionately low, while national strategies that address the key hurdles of decarbonizing the building sector have been lacking.

August 22, 2022|Blogs

How Agrigenomics Can Help Address Climate Change

On February 7–8 a small group of researchers met at the National Academy of Sciences for an informal workshop on how to demonstrate proof of concept for biotech solutions to climate change and start to flesh out plans to implement them at scale. Here’s what they proposed.

August 2, 2022|Reports & Briefings

The Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation: A Flexible New Tool to Build the Economy, Strengthen Science, and Fight Climate Change

In July 2022, Congress authorized DOE to establish and collaborate closely with a new non-profit Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI), an idea that the Center developed over the previous five years. ITIF is working to ensure that FESI gets off to a fast start and contributes to DOE’s vital missions right away.

August 1, 2022|Blogs

Fact of the Week: The Number of High-Value Patents Granted for Climate Change Mitigation Technologies Decreased by 5.5 Percent Per Year from 2013 to 2017

This reversed the trend observed between 1995 and 2012, where the number of such patents granted increased at a rate of 10.3 percent per year.

July 5, 2022|Podcasts

Podcast: The Future of Climate Tech Through the U.S. Electric System, With Peter Fox-Penner

Rob and Jackie sat down with Peter Fox-Penner, senior fellow and founding director of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and chief impact officer of Energy Impact Partners, to discuss the promise of climate-tech innovation in the U.S. electrical system and venture capital’s role in slowing climate change.

June 28, 2022|Events

How 5G Can Spur Climate Tech Innovation

Watch the discussion surrounding the potential climate tech applications of 5G and what is needed going forward to help ensure that this critical infrastructure can facilitate the low-carbon transition.

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