DOE Releases Vision & Framework for the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program

In an Aug. 5 speech before the Climate Policy Center in Washington, D.C., David Conover, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP), announced the release of the department's Vision and Framework for Strategy and Planning report, which provides strategic direction and guidance to the 10 federal agencies developing new and advanced global climate change technologies.

The Vision and Framework document is organized around six complementary goals: (1) reducing emissions from energy use and infrastructure; (2) reducing emissions from energy supply; (3) capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide; (4) reducing emissions of other greenhouse gases; (5) measuring and monitoring emissions; and (6) bolstering the contributions of basic science to climate change. The document also outlines actions needed to achieve these goals.

"The Vision and Framework is a comprehensive strategy that promotes the use of technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman said. "It provides guidance and direction, along with goals, to federal agencies involved in climate change research and development. By bringing together the varied expertise of agencies throughout the federal government and establishing a plan for the future, the Vision and Framework will guide us for years to come."

Conover said, "It has become increasingly clear that meeting the global challenge of climate change will require development and deployment of advanced technology in the energy field. This Vision and Framework provides an overall strategy to guide and strengthen our technical efforts to reduce emissions."

CCTP's activities form the technology component of a comprehensive U.S. approach to climate change, which also includes short-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity, advancing climate science, and promoting international cooperation. The technologies being developed under CCTP, including hydrogen, carbon sequestration, renewable energy sources, and advanced nuclear and fusion energy, have the potential to transform the way energy is produced and consumed.

The Climate Change Technology Program was established by President George W. Bush to strengthen and coordinate research and development efforts in the climate change arena and to accelerate the development and eventual deployment of the technologies needed to both power economic growth and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To view the Vision and Framework document, please visit the Climate Change Technology Program Web site at

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.