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Symbolic handshake of DOE and industry: Courtesy of DOE/NREL, Credit – Warren Gretz

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Approach 3: Enhance Opportunities for Partnerships

Federal research is but one element of the overall strategy for development and adoption of advanced climate change technologies. Engagement in this process by private entities, including business, industry, agriculture, construction and other sectors of the U.S. economy, as well as by non-Federal governmental entities, such as the States and non-governmental organizations, is essential to help guide R&D investments wisely and to expedite deployment and adoption of innovative and cost-effective approaches for reducing GHG emissions.

Public-private partnerships not only leverage Federal resources, but also facilitate the transfer of technologies from Federal and national laboratories into commercial applications. Partnering can also advise on direction and improve the productivity of Federal research. Private partners also benefit, because those who are engaged in Federal R&D gain rights to intellectual property and access to world-class scientists, engineers, and laboratory facilities. This can help motivate further investment in the commercialization of technology.

Today, partnering is a common mode of operation in most Federal R&D programs, but the partnering process can be improved and further encouraged through a variety of means. Opportunities exist for private participation in virtually every aspect of Federal R&D. CCTP agencies are already engaged in a wide range of active partnerships and related activities that encourage implementation of GHG-reducing measures and technologies. With respect to climate change technology R&D, the CCTP seeks to expand these opportunities in R&D planning, program execution, and technology demonstrations, leading ultimately to more efficient and timely commercial deployment. The Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships, initiated by DOE in November 2002, are examples of successful public-private joint efforts.

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