United Innovations: Cost-competitive clean energy through global collaboration

1st December 2015

We stand at a crossroads. 2050, the end-of-the-line for all climate change targets is now only 35 years away. Delays and compromises that may have been acceptable fifteen years ago will now critically undercut the likelihood that global warming will be kept at or below 2C above the pre- industrial average.

The aim in this report is to highlight what is happening internationally within low carbon energy, whether it is enough to achieve a 2C world, and what more collaboration can bring to the table.

In this study, international collaborative initiatives refer to agreements between private or public institutions from two or more countries working together on a common challenge or priority. This can cover anything from broad goals (fight climate change) to specific programmes (reducing the cost of offshore wind) to projects (joint lithium-air battery demonstrations).

Collaborative initiatives can take many different forms, covering all types of policy actions and interventions along the innovation chain and may include a range of stakeholders; from government agencies and departments to technology developers and users.

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