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TitleAssessment of benefits from Canadian participation in collaborative energy research and development under the International Energy Agency, 1974-1985
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorCunningham, A
SourceEnergy, Mines and Resources Canada, Office of Energy Research and Development Report 87-05, 1987, 101 pages Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherEnergy, Mines and Resources Canada (Ottawa, Canada)
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
SubjectsScience and Technology; Government and Politics; energy; energy resources; International Energy Agency; Research; Research and development; Collaborative research; International cooperation; International organizations; Cost benefit analysis
ProgramProgram of Energy Research and Development (PERD)
Released1987 12 01; 2020 07 17
The purpose of this report is to assess, as requested by the Panel on Energy R&O, the benefits to Canada from participation in collaborative R&D projects under the auspices of the International Energy Agency, for the period 1974-1985.
A survey of project managers was conducted which revealed thirteen general benefits from Canada's involvement. Among these were the ability to compare our capabilities and technologies with other participating countries, pooling of data and experience, focus and coordination for Canadian activities, more rapid use of results, increased efficiencies and product development, and an increased share in the market place. Other benefits included access to facilities not available in Canada, links forged between the private and public sectors, demonstration of our capabilities to others, standards development and considerable financial leverage. There were a few difficulties identified which emphasize the need for adequate commitment on Canada's part, consistent funding, established expertise and careful planning.
Overall, IEA collaboration in energy R&D has proved very successful for Canada. The benefits identified in this report far outweigh the drawbacks. It is recommended, therefore, that such collaboration continue, and that the Office of Energy R&D continue to provide the focus for coordinating and monitoring Canada's involvement. It is hoped that, in an effort to further the benefits derived, the following observations and recommendations regarding our participation will be carefully considered.

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