NREL plays a leading role in supporting several multilateral initiatives designed to advance the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in ways that both increase economic development and address global challenges such as climate change and energy security.
Clean Energy Ministerial
NREL supports the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Ministerial initiatives—including the 21st Century Power Partnership, the Clean Energy Solutions Center, and the International Smart Grid Action Network.
Clean Energy Solutions Center
NREL operates the Clean Energy Solutions Center on behalf of UN-Energy and the Clean Energy Ministerial. The Solutions Center serves as a first-stop clearinghouse of clean energy resources—including policy best practices, data, and analysis tools—and shares these resources with a global forum of energy experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders. The center also offers online training, "live" expert assistance, and peer-to-peer learning to help countries tailor solutions to their clean energy needs and foster international collaboration on emerging policy issues and policy innovations.
21st Century Power Partnership
NREL coordinates development of the 21st Century Power Partnership, which aims to unlock deployment of large-scale energy efficiency and variable renewables through peer learning and collaboration across regulators, grid operators, and others on policies and programs that advance use of smart grid solutions and clean energy technologies.
International Smart Grid Action Network
NREL provides technical and policy advisory support for the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), an IEA implementing agreement with representation from more than 20 major economies around the world. NREL coordinates international smart grid knowledge management activities, such as the ISGAN smart grid glossary, and is leading development of periodic policy briefs on topics such as smart grid cyber security and smart grid contributions to renewable energy integration.
Low Emission Development and Green Growth
NREL supports several multilateral initiatives designed to increase use of clean energy to support economic development and address global challenges such as climate change and energy security. These activities include several projects in the field of low emission development strategies (LEDS), an emerging arena in which we are working with many global players, pioneering methods, and serving as thought leaders.
Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies
NREL serves as the Technical Secretariat for Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS), a U.S. government program to support developing countries' efforts to pursue long- term, climate-resilient economic growth while slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. EC-LEDS supports and enhances country-led development programs, plans, and policies, and complements efforts of other international donors and organizations to support low emission development strategies. For more information on specific examples of technical assistance provided by NREL, see entries on the Bilateral Partnerships page for Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Energy Development in Island Nations
NREL provides technical support for the International Partnership for Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN), which is a partnership of the United States, New Zealand, and Iceland.
LEDS Global Partnership
NREL also serves as the Secretariat for the LEDS Global Partnership, which was founded to advance low emission development through coordination, information exchange, and cooperation among programs and countries working to support low emission growth. Launched in early 2011, the partnership brings together more than 90 governmental and international institutions.
Green Growth Best Practices initiative
NREL is partnering with the Global Green Growth Institute and several other institutions to play a leading role in a comprehensive global assessment of green growth best practices and a portfolio of peer learning and outreach activities to apply the results of this assessment to information green growth planning and implementation at all levels of government.
Other International Energy Collaborative Programs
International Energy Agency
NREL provides technical support for International Energy Agency (IEA) energy technology implementing agreements in the areas of biomass, buildings, solar, wind, hydrogen, and smart grids.
International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
NREL conducts energy efficiency policy, finance, and training projects in support of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).
International Renewable Energy Agency
NREL collaborates with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on several tasks including studies of renewable energy costs, technology innovation, a global solar and wind resource atlas, support for renewable energy strategies for Pacific Islands, and renewable energy training and policy advice.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
NREL provides technical expertise through a Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 10—Key Economic Sectors and Services—as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). NREL contributed to the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Assessment, part of the Working Group III and published in 2012, which feeds into development of AR5.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
NREL provides technical support to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)'s Biofuels Task Force and maintains the APEC Biofuels website.
Energy Assessment Tools
For information about our international activities in the areas of resource assessments, energy technology, market, and policy tools, and related knowledge sharing platforms, see the Energy Assessments page.