There are a number of questions the meeting will bring into focus:
- What do we know about the economic and environmental effectiveness of performance requirements in green sectors? What are the combined effects of, and linkages among, performance requirements and support measures?
- Do performance requirements provide a compelling business case, with short- and long-term returns?
- Is there anything unique about renewables that makes them a special case for performance requirements?
- Does the politics of accommodating the higher cost of renewable energy demand a clear-cut avenue towards job creation through localization?
- Can a case be made for an international deployment strategy for renewables, i.e. expanding the number of countries that are shouldering the burden of deployment policies and enhancing international cooperation?
- Does greening the value chains provide a new rationale for performance requirements?
- Can better governance play a role in dealing with protectionist elements of support measures?
- Are there any upsides for developing countries in a world where performance requirements are extensively used?
The meeting will be held off the record and no conclusions or recommendations are foreseen. The intention is to provide a safe institutional space, bring together some of the best experts and facilitate a discussion across the boundaries of analysis, policy and business practice.