U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
DOE Releases Climate Change Technology Program Strategic Plan
October 4, 2006
DOE released on September 20th the Climate Change Technology Program
(CCTP) Strategic Plan, which details measures to accelerate the
development and reduce the cost of new and advanced technologies that
avoid, reduce, or capture and store greenhouse gas emissions. CCTP is
the technology component of a comprehensive U.S. strategy introduced
by President Bush in 2002 to combat climate change. That strategy
includes measures to advance climate change science; spur clean energy
technology development and deployment; promote international
collaboration; and slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions through
voluntary, incentive-based, and mandatory partnerships.
The CCTP Strategic Plan organizes roughly $3 billion in federal
spending for climate technology research, development, demonstration,
and deployment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase
economic growth. The plan sets six complementary goals: (1) reducing
emissions from energy use and infrastructure; (2) reducing emissions
from energy supply; (3) capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide;
(4) reducing emissions of other greenhouse gases; (5) measuring and
monitoring emissions; and (6) bolstering the contributions of basic
science to climate change. It examines energy efficiency, hydrogen,
renewable energy, and renewable fuels among an array of other low-emissions energy technologies.
The strategic plan also notes the difficulty of stabilizing greenhouse
gas emissions; examining a range of scenarios, the report notes that
cumulative global emissions over the next century would have to be
reduced by the equivalent of 300 billion to a trillion metric tons of
carbon. Deploying a million megawatts of wind power would cut
emissions by only about 1 billion metric tons of carbon per year.
On the other hand, advanced energy efficiency technologies could cut
global carbon emissions by 270 billion tons over the next century.
See the DOE press release
and the CCTP Strategic Plan.