The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a Clean Energy Transitions Programme to help cut carbon dioxide emissions and increase access to electricity.

Thirteen countries have donated €30 million (£26.5m) to the fund, including £8m from the UK.

The cash will go to countries and regions in which it can have the highest impact.

Contenders for funding include Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa.

Benefits all round

“The IEA’s member countries will benefit from sharing lessons learned, a rapid dissemination of technologies, improving IEA analytical capabilities, and a strengthening of global data and analysis,” the organisation said.

“The programme will involve deep and sustained partnerships with governments and will include collaborative analytical work, technical co-operation, training and capacity building, strategic dialogues, secondments and implementation of joint work programmes.

“Work will focus on five thematic areas, covering: data and statistics; energy efficiency; renewables, including system integration; policy guidance and modelling; and technology development and innovation.”

> Read the IEA's announcement