Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology
About the Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology
The Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology within the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PI) serves as the focal point for international climate change and clean energy activities within the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The Office coordinates DOE participation in international forums that focus on these topics, such as the Clean Energy Ministerial, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It also develops and implements international climate change and clean energy initiatives consistent with Administration policy objectives and coordinates the related efforts of other DOE program offices. In doing so, the Office works cooperatively with other agencies and with other offices within DOE.
The Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology works to drive transformational change in priority countries. Given that 15 countries account for around 80% of global emissions, the primary focus of the Office is on the actions of a relatively small group of developed and major developing countries. However, the Office does take advantage of high-value opportunities that arise to advance climate change and clean energy objectives in smaller economies.
Because efforts to
transform energy systems in developing economies must take place within
the context of broader development strategies, the Office works closely
with the State Department and other agencies to ensure a comprehensive
approach. The Office also seeks to inform and leverage the activities of
organizations involved in international climate finance such as the
World Bank, the multilateral development banks, and U.S. export credit
organizations (Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment