IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels (WPFF)

The Working Party on Fossil Fuels (WPFF) is the advisory council for the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT) for the field of fossil fuels.

The objectives of the WPFF are to increase the safety and environmental protection concerning fossil energy technologies. For example, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and clean coal technologies are emphasised and there is also an effort, to put them on the political agenda in WPFF partner countries.

For this purpose, a close cooperation between the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board, the Global Carbon Capture and Storage-Institute and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum takes place.

The WPFF includes the following work programmes:

Activities of the WPFF

Currently the WPFF focusses on the following fossil energy technologies, to give only examples:

  • shale gas
  • carbon capture and storage
  • crude oil production from coal

For these technologies, a technology roadmap was created.

Furthermore, a high level policy dialog concerning CCS technologies with government officials of the WPFF partner countries, China and internationally active NGOs has been conducted.

The participants discussed the current challenges regarding the implementation and introduction, especially in respect to regulations, investments and demand on infra structure.


Austrian Representatives

Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment,
Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK)
Departement Energy und Environmental Technologies
DI Theodor Zillner
Radetzkystraße 2
A-1030 Wien

Austrian Deputy

Austrian Energy Agency
DI Dr. Günter Simader
Mariahilfer Straße 136
A-1150 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 586 15 24-124