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Addressing the Challenge of Global Climate Change 
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Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs: "Therefore it is our intention to implement policies that will foster these technology-based solutions -- that is the way we will address the challenge of global climate change. Significantly, we also believe that climate change should not be pursued in isolation, but should be handled as an integral part of a broad strategic paradigm of sustainable development, which features a balanced mix of environmentally sound, pro-economic growth policies. At the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and at the COP-8 meeting last year in New Delhi, we found strong and growing support for this position among developing countries." (64KB PDF file)
 
 
Alternative Fuels Data Center 
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The Alternative Fuels Data Center calls itself a "one-stop shop for all your alternative fuel and vehicle information needs". The site has over 3,000 documents available online, an interactive fuel station mapping system, and listings of available alternative fuel vehicles. It is sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy's, Office of Transportation Technologies.
 
 
American Hydrogen Association (AHA) 
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The goal of the American Hydrogen Association (AHA) is to stimulate interest and help establish the renewable hydrogen energy economy by the year 2010. To achieve this goal, the AHA is working in cooperation with organizations such as the IAHE, NHA, NASA, environmental groups and industry, community, and schools to promote understanding of hydrogen technology, and help create a marketplace for pollution-free hydrogen energy.
 
 
Argonne National Laboratory Transportation Technology R&D Center 
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The Argonne National Laboratory is a research facility or the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), involved in developing advanced vehicle technologies. Their research programs concentrate on alternative fuels, batteries, engines and emissions control, fuel cells, hybrid vehicles, materials, modeling, and technology assessments. Argonne's technical papers and reports on transportation research are available online.
 
 
Carbon Cycle Science Program 
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The Carbon Cycle Science Program was established by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) to provide critical unbiased scientific information on the fate of carbon dioxide in the environment to contribute to the ongoing public dialogue. The Program provides the scientific foundation for estimating the capacity of the land and the ocean to sequester and store the considerable quantities of carbon dioxide anticipated from human activities in the future. The website provides information about current research activities, funding opportunities, meetings & workshops and access to online publications.
 
 
Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) 
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CREST publishes information about renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability for the Internet. The GEM (Global Energy Marketplace) database contains records to websites with information on energy technology and policy.
 
 
Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems (CTTS) 
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The CTTS's mission is to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil supplies, while improving air quality, by developing and demonstrating innovative technologies that allow alternative fuels and advanced vehicle systems to supply a significant portion of the nation's transportation needs.
 
 
Centre for the Analysis and Dissemination of Demonstrated Energy Technologies (CADDET) 
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CADDET collects, analyses, and disseminates information on new energy-saving technologies that have been demonstrated in applications in industry, buildings, transport, utilities, and agriculture. To date, details on over 2,000 new technology applications have been published through CADDET Energy Efficiency products.
 
 
Climate Change Mitigation Reports 
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A list of recent technical publications on climate change mitigation from the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. They are all available online in pdf format.
 
 
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN) 
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The EREN homepage serves as a portal to the Department of Energy's (DOE) energy efficiency and renewable energy information, with access to more than 600 links and 80,000 documents.
 
 
Global Technology Strategy Project 
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The objective of the Global Technology Strategy Project (GTSP) is to identify global and regional technology portfolios that could minimize the cost of atmospheric stabilization through a public-private research collaboration. The project seeks to add a new dimension to our understanding--a long-term, international, energy technology strategy. The project is developing this strategic vision through a program of focused research. This research is illuminating of the global and regional interrelationships between Energy Technology, Economic Activity, and Climate Policy. The project utilizes the best current understanding of present and potential future technology and embeds that knowledge in an economic and policy context to examine the potential value to climate mitigation of alternative energy research and development portfolios and patterns of technology development.
 
 
IPCC Special Report - Methodological and Technological Issues in Technology Transfer (Summary for Policymakers) 
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The report addresses the technology transfer problem in the context of climate change while emphasizing the sustainable development perspective. (331KB PDF file)
 
 
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) 
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NETL is a long-standing participant in the development and demonstration of fossil fuel-based technologies that can be used to develop flexible, market-based protocols as low-cost solutions for achieving global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Some of their on-site science and technology development activities include: Carbon Sequestration, Ultra Clean Fuels, Computational Energy Science (development of clean energy devices and plants), and Gas Energy Systems Dynamics (fuel cells).
 
 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 
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NREL conducts research in about 50 areas of scientific investigation, including photovoltaics, wind energy, biomass-derived fuels and chemicals, energy-efficient buildings, advanced vehicles, solar manufacturing, industrial processes, solar thermal systems, hydrogen fuel cells, superconductivity, geothermal and waste-to-energy technologies. The website contains R&D program descriptions, data & information and a publications database and an entire section devoted to national and international applications, and technology transfer.
 
 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Publications Database 
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The NREL Publications database includes references to 16,000 documents related to sustainable energy technologies that were written or edited by National Renewable Energy Laboratory staffers and subcontractors.
 
 
NOAA Office of Global Programs 
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The Office of Global Programs (OGP) leads the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. NOAA has the primary responsibility within the Federal Government to routinely provide climate forecasts and products to the Nation. OGP assists in this capacity by sponsoring focused scientific research, within approximately eleven research elements, aimed at understanding climate variability and its predictability. Through studies in these areas, researchers coordinate activities that jointly contribute to improved predictions and assessments of climate variability over a continuum of timescales from season to season, year to year, and over the course of a decade and beyond.
 
 
Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) 
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The Environment Division of the OSTP (which serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the federal Government) provides national leadership to ensure a sound scientific and technical foundation for environmental policies and programs, and coordinates Federal research and development strategies for environment and natural resource policies, in area's including global climate change research and renewable energy technology. Papers, Reports, Publications, selected Administration Statements, Speeches and Testimony, Media Releases, White House Publications and R&D Budget Documents are available in full text at this site.
 
 
Office of Transportation Technologies 
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The primary goal of the OTT is to "reduce the annual increase in the use of petroleum fuels by highway transportation vehicles to zero or less". The site was developed to be an educational tool and information center, describing the structure of OTT and explaining OTT's involvement in developing advanced vehicles. The Office of Transportation Technology focuses on reducing transportation petroleum use through energy efficiency and fuel substitution. The site contains vehicle and emissions analysis tools, vehicle purchasing tools, information on OTT technologies (vehicles, fuels, emissions), and links to lab partners.
 
 
Public Power Institute (PPI) 
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The Public Power Institute (PPI) uses the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation's largest producer of electricity, as a living laboratory to showcase new technologies that TVA can use to balance environmental and energy objectives, and to provide technical and scientific input on government regulations and public policies. Their research and development activities include: carbon sequestration technologies, fuel cell technology, wind power and solar energy.
 
 
Statement of David W. Conover Before House Science Committee 
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As part of the President's National Climate Change Technology Initiative, launched on June 11, 2001, the President directed the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the Secretary of Commerce and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to lead a multi-agency review of the Federal R&D portfolio and make recommendations. The Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP) was established in 2002 to implement the President's Initiative. The CCTP is a multi-agency research and development (R&D) coordination activity, organized under the auspices of the Cabinet-level Committee on Climate Change Science and Technology Integration (CCCSTI). Participating Federal agencies include the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, and Transportation, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation. (56KB PDF file)
 
 
Transportation Energy and Policy Analysis 
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The Transportation Energy Policy Analysis group, a part of the Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis Department, analyzes how the combination of vehicle technology, land-use patterns, and driving behavior affect energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.
 
 
U.S. Pursuing Clean Coal Projects with Other Countries 
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U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham says the United States is moving ahead in an unprecedented international effort to make clean energy the cornerstone of economic growth, improved health and closer ties among nations. (47KB PDF file)
 
 

 


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