IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (GHG TCP)

The GHG programme funds research into technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It provides its members with information on the role that technology can take in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The programmes’ focus is on CO2 capture and storage, or carbon sequestration.

Short Description

The use of fossil fuels will remain important in the coming 50 to 100 years. Burning fossil fuels, however, produces more greenhouse gases, amongst which particularly carbon dioxides. It is paramount to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in order to reconcile the continued use of fossil fuels with climate protection goals.

The GHG programme was established in 1991 and plays an important role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, through developing and demonstrating appropriate use of fossil fuels.

Activities were originally geared towards capturing and storing carbon from power plants. In the meanwhile, these actions have been widened to include broader research into the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The programmes' main activities today include

  • evaluation of technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • facilitating the implementation of potential mitigations options;
  • disseminating data and results from evaluation studies; and
  • facilitating international collaborative research, development and demonstration (R&D).

As for dissemination activities, these include a regular newsletter and a website, publishing studies and reports, as well as holding international conferences and workshops.

Austria has been a member of this programme since 2007.
The programme prides itself of providing unbiased data and information on reducing greenhouse gases from fossil fuels.


Publications are available on the IEA GHG Website.


Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, OPEC, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United States

Contact Address

Austrian Representative in the Executive Committee

DI Theodor Zillner
Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
Department of Energy and Environmental Technologies

Ernst Göttlicher
Wienstrom GmbH
Mariannengasse 4 - 6
A-1090 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 4004-0
Fax: +43 (1) 4004-31399