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Global Clean Energy Innovation

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. On issues related to global clean energy innovation, our research focuses on how national policies foster the transition to innovative clean energy resources.


Mission Critical: The Global Energy Innovation System Is Not Thriving

Mission Critical: The Global Energy Innovation System Is Not Thriving

Accelerating clean energy innovation is critical to avert the worst effects of climate change, but the global energy innovation system is in poor health, with weaknesses across most indicators. Nations must rectify these weaknesses to deliver on the promises world leaders made at COP26.

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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 12, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Climate Innovation Policy From Glasgow to Pittsburgh

In September, ministers will gather in Pittsburgh to consider how their governments should respond to the energy and climate innovation imperative. Building on Glasgow, the meeting should strive to fill critical gaps in areas such as capital-intensive demonstration projects and innovation-friendly trade in carbon-intensive goods.

March 3, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Don’t Blame DeJoy, Give Him the Money to Buy Electric Postal Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) just approved plans to deploy a new delivery fleet consisting almost entirely of gasoline-powered trucks, even as Amazon, UPS and FedEx are going all-in on climate-friendly electric vehicles (EVs).

January 14, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

One Year Later, A Glass Half Full: Energy Innovation Under the Biden Administration

A year into the administration, the supply-push elements of the agenda have fared better than the demand-pull components. While a half-full glass is better than an empty one, only a full one will put the United States and the world on a path that will stop climate change.

January 13, 2022|Events

Rejuvenating Global Energy Innovation to Deliver on Glasgow

ITIF's Center for Clean Energy Innovation hosted a discussion of the health of the global clean energy innovation system, why continuous investments in the system matter, and what a healthy system should look like.

January 13, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Stark Choice: Rejuvenate Global Energy Innovation or Fail to Meet Climate Goals

At last year’s Glasgow Climate Conference, countries pledged to increase public and private finance, set common targets under the Breakthrough Agenda, and accelerate electric vehicle deployment, among many other goals.

December 7, 2021|Events

Earth, Wind, and Fire: Why Spurring Further Innovation in Renewables Matters

ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation hosted a panel discussion on why continued innovation matters, what an innovation agenda for advanced renewables should look like, and which technologies are likely to be the next big things.

November 15, 2021|Op-Eds & Commentary

Gene Editing Promises to Make Human Industry Sustainable

The major limitation on what gene editing might accomplish would seem to be the power of human imagination.

November 4, 2021|Events

The Next Wave of Climate Solutions: Accelerating Innovation Now to Scale Up in the ’30s & ’40s

Watch the conversation to hear a diverse set of perspectives on the priorities and modalities for a decade of ambitious action to accelerate innovation, which must unfold in the 2020s to unlock decades of opportunity to follow. This panel was co-organized by ITIF and Breakthrough Energy and Third Way for COP26.

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