UN Climate Technology Progress Report Launched

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) has released its 2017 Progress Report, outlining the key types of technology-related assistance that developing countries are seeking as they strive to fullfill their Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans.

The report also explores how the CTCN is building new bridges to financing and laying the groundwork for sustained uptake of technologies through collective action on several important fronts.

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is the implementing arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism.

“Technology is crucial in accelerating climate action on the ground, but it’s not just about windmills and solar panels. Technologies of all kinds are helping us to lower emissions, increase resilience, and develop sustainably. Making technology transfer work for countries requires getting all of the necessary elements in place”, says Jukka Uosukainen, CTCN Director.

The Progress Report provides examples of the Centre’s technology collaboration with countries over the last year, including its development of an Energy Efficiency Master Plan in Tonga, made possible through a new CTCN partnership with the Green Climate Fund.

Other examples include:

  • Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, and Namibia are working with the Climate Technology Centre to identify the most suitable green refrigeration and air conditioning technologies, and develop supportive policy measures and technology roadmaps.

  • To assist Tunisia in its transition to energy-efficient lighting on a national scale, the CTCN is developing educational materials on the design and management of energy efficient lighting systems, regulations, and government policies. It is also instructing over 100 key Tunisian technicians, architects, and engineers who will then serve as trainers themselves.

  • Tanzania is working to protect its forests and the health of its population by deploying low emission biomass stoves for household and institutional cooking. The Climate Technology Centre is working with the communities of Lindi, Mtwara and Pwani to develop sustainable charcoal and wood fuel value chains, including charcoal and cook stove production for use in both rural and urban areas.

  • Costa Rica is designing a protocol that enables local governments to incorporate adaptation and mitigation measures into local land use plans. The CTCN is facilitating information sharing about introducing climate change considerations into land use planning, and providing guidance on development of a legal instrument that forges links between biodiversity conservation, reducing natural disaster vulnerability, coastal area management, infrastructure and urban areas, and water protection.

Aggregated data on the geographic and sectoral scope of technology demand is also presented in the report.

Updates on the CTCN’s capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, which focused on finance, gender-responsive technology transfer, innovation, and implementation of NDCs and Adaptation Plans, demonstrate how these initiatives provide a framework to support the Centre’s technology assistance.

The Centre is hosted and managed by UN Environment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and supported by 400 network partners around the world. The Centre utilizes the expertise of these institutions to deliver technical assistance and capacity building at the request of developing countries.

The report is available here

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