Opportunities To Fully Integrate Environmental Research and Development into Developing Energy Technologies
EMD-78-43: Published: Apr 6, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1978.
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To ensure that unresolved environmental concerns do not delay or preclude acceptance of new energy technologies in the marketplace, environmental research and development activities must be closely integrated and carried out in concert with the development of such technologies. Both the Department of Energy (DOE) and the former Energy Research and Development Administration established separate offices to oversee and carry out efforts to meet this objective.
A separate, semi-autonomous office within DOE having responsibility for planning, overseeing, coordinating, and evaluating all environmental research and development activities should help provide assurance that potential environmental concerns are not overlooked in developing new energy technologies. However, the office must be given sufficient management support to effectively carry out its overview and coordination responsibilities.
Recommendation for Executive Action
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Recommendation: The Secretary of Energy should closely monitor the conduct of the environmental research and development program, giving particular attention to coordination and cooperation problems. The Secretary should also closely monitor the development and implementation of the Department's Policy and Program Planning System, including the procedures for integrating and using environmental development plans, to ensure the timely and effective integration of environmental and energy technology development activities.