The International Energy Agency (IEA), founded in November 1974, is an autonomous body within the framework of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which carries out a comprehensive programme of energy cooperation among its member countries. The European Union also participates in the IEA’s work. Collaboration in research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of energy technologies has been an important part of the Agency’s Programme.
The IEA RD&D activities are headed by the Committee on Research and Technology (CERT), supported by the IEA secretariat staff, with headquarters in Paris. In addition, four Working Parties on End Use, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels and Fusion Power, are charged with monitoring the various collaborative energy agreements, identifying new areas of cooperation and advising the CERT on policy matters.
The Renewable Energy Working Party (REWP) oversees the work of ten renewable energy agreements and is supported by a Renewable Energy Division at the IEA Secretariat in Paris.