CAETS Energy Committee (CEC)


CAETS Energy Committee



At the CAETS meeting in Calgary, 2009, the CAETS Board endorsed a Working Group for Low Carbon Energy. Following this, the Working Group consisting of ATSE (Australia), CAE (Canada), acatech (Germany), INAE (India), EAJ (Japan), NAEK (Korea), SAAE (South Africa), and RAEng (UK) produced the first Working Group reportDeployment of Low Emissions Technologies for Electric Power Generation in Response to Climate Change” in November 2010. The next report “Opportunities for Low-Carbon Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation to 2050” was published in June 2013, with the same academies involved, with the exception of EAJ and the addition of NAE (USA). The topic of the third report will be “Transition towards a Lower Carbon Economy”


The Working Group transformed to the Energy Committee in 2013, with the chair and secretariat positions passed from ATSE to INAE. The purpose of the committee is to provide global perspective on key aspects of Low Carbon Energy Technologies, with topical reports being produced to be distributed to key stakeholders through the networks of CAETS Academies, in their countries and to relevant international organisations.



Report I: Deployment of Low Emissions Technologies for Electric Power Generation in Response to Climate Change

The first project focused on the key technological issues being faced in the deployment of low emission technologies for supplying electrical energy to meet the world’s needs. The report included various issues surrounding this topic, including challenges, key technologies, developing economies and the role of government. There were several key findings of the report, notably the technological and financial challenges in reducing greenhouse gas emissions for electricity generation are massive, with public understanding and strong governmental support needed to achieve the necessary advancements. Each economy will also have to draw differently from the available portfolio of technologies, but noting that reducing the need for energy (via improved efficiency of end use for example) is the most cost effective and immediately deployable method.


The report also highlighted the need for CAETS and member Academies to collaborate to assess and improve quantitative methodologies for determining financial and technical risks associated with deploying new electricity generating technologies; lead and support the development and dissemination of authoritative information about electricity generating technologies in both its member countries and more broadly, in order to encourage informed public debate and public policy, and; Academies to utilise their role as independent expert advisors to encourage and persuade governments to provide the required leadership, as well as communicate to both governments and the public the significant technical risks.



Report II: Opportunities for Low-Carbon Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation to 2050

The second report focused on identifying promising initiatives and the risks to accelerate the commercial deployment of low-carbon energy technologies for electricity generation and to highlight the engineering and financial risks to be overcome to facilitate the deployment of such technologies. The report contained chapters on technology costs, technology assessments (focussing on 9 LCE technologies) and technology overviews. This report also found that significant investments are needed to scale-up the development and deployment of the technologies, with consistent and significant policy action needed. It is expected a portfolio of technologies will be deployed as there is no preferred technology, noting that various financial risks and engineering challenges need to be overcome and high investment is needed, especially as the emerging technologies do not have intrinsic advantage over existing technologies. The necessity of partnerships between industry, research and government was highlighted, alongside the need for international collaboration to address this global issue.


CAETS and its member Academies need to engage with key stakeholders to inform them on the issues surrounding the technical and financial feasibility of LCE technologies; the promising initiatives that could be undertaken to accelerate their deployment; and the risks to be addressed



Report III: Transition towards a Lower Carbon Economy

The third report will focus on the methodology for assessing what is necessary for moving to a low-carbon economy, due to this transition differing in each country. This will focus on two specific areas – the implementation of energy efficiency at large scale, lowering the demand of energy, the related emissions and the end-users costs, and the transition away from fossil fuels for transportation.


Energy Committee 2013



Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Australia

Dr Vaughan Beck

Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), Canada

Professor Robert Evans

Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), China

Professor Peng Suping

German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Germany

Professor Frank Behrendt

Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), India

Dr Baldev Raj

Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ), Japan

Professor Manabu Ihara

National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK), Korea

Professor Seung Bin PARK

South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE), South Africa

Professor Philip Lloyd

Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), Switzerland

Professor Dr Hansjürg Leibundgut


Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), UK

Professor John Loughhead

National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA

Dr Maxine Savitz




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