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Contribution to the IRENA’s Clean Energy Innovation Analysis

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to Executive Agencies and will be implemented by the Commission services.

This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 195(e) of the Financial Regulation, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1046/2018 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013

Clean-energy technology innovation is expected to play an increasingly strategic role to accelerate the global sustainable energy transition. The development of new analytical approaches to tracking innovation and the expansion of relevant, publicly available datasets, will be necessary to support more effective and efficient clean energy innovation policy making that will deliver the solutions needed for the energy transition.

While a significant amount of activity and data has been produced and made freely available on the front-end of innovation “inputs” (e.g. on public and private RD&D investments), there are still significant data gaps concerning innovation “outputs” (e.g. technology cost reductions, performance improvements, early stage deployments etc.).

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has developed significant capacity to support enhanced assessments of the effectiveness and efficiency of clean energy innovation policies of the EC, EC member states, as well as the main global players in clean energy innovation. The analytical experience developed by IRENA, with insights and data from its near global membership of 160 countries, coupled with its ability to convene experts and decision makers from around the world, has enabled the agency to produce detailed data resources and indicators relevant to clean energy innovation policy making, including on jobs, costs, patents, etc.

The proposed activities build on that capability and aim to enhance IRENA’s analytical and data-related capacity to inform clean-energy innovation policy making by:

  • Expanding the granularity of IRENA’s renewable cost database (including levelised electricity costs), both in terms of technology value chain and geographical coverage (e.g. expanding data availability on EU Member States)
  • Strengthening datasets related to clean energy innovation, for example on output indicators like patents, trade flows and scientific publications.
  • Analysing clean energy innovation progress and trends based on innovation output indicators to improve understanding of efficiency and effectiveness of innovation policies.

The activity above would enable IRENA to actively partner with the Mission Innovation initiative to support the implementation of the workstream on Tracking Overall Progress to Accelerate Clean Energy Innovation.

The above should be undertaken taking into account existing efforts by the EC, especially the JRC and its work on innovation indicators. In addition, this work will be carried out in synergy with EC’s work on the development of a new “Clean Energy Innovation Index”.