CTCN Publication Explores Role of Technology Transfer in Raising Climate Ambition
The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), have published a report titled, ‘Climate Change Strategies 2020,’ which features diverse case studies and knowledge-sharing initiatives that illustrate the role of technology transfer in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The publication discusses the role of CTCN members in disseminating knowledge products such as technology assessments, and information on new technologies and approaches, through the ctc-n.org online portal.
Launched at the Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference in December 2019, the publication highlights technical solutions and associated governance arrangements covering a broad range of sectors, including agriculture and forestry, infrastructure and urban planning, coastal protection and early warning systems, and sustainable water supply.
The Climate Technology Centre and Network was created by UNFCCC Parties in 2010 as the operational arm of the Convention’s Technology Mechanism, tasked with stimulating technology cooperation and enhancing the development and transfer of climate technologies.
The publication outlines the organizational structure and operating modalities of the CTCN in fulfilling its technology support and financing mandate for Parties to the UNFCCC. It explains how CTCN interventions help to build country capacities to adopt and use climate technology, including through engaging local partners to develop context-specific solutions that are implemented through the global network of more than 500 specialized technical partners.
One of the technical cooperation projects highlighted in the publication is a partnership with the Department of New and Renewable Energy of Benin, and the Dutch company, Partners for Innovation, aimed at harnessing the country’s potential for wind energy generation by supporting the development and production of affordable small-scale wind turbines. The Green Cooling Africa initiative, a four-country project supported by the German Environment Ministry is also featured. The project aims at establishing a prototype best practice approach to introduce highly energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning appliances, with an estimated potential greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation of 30% over current 2030 targets.
Explaining the Network’s achievements since the start of operations in 2013, Rose Mwebaza, Director, CTCN, notes that approximately USD 50 million invested so far is expected to leverage USD 900 million and “reduce nearly 120 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years.”
CTCN Website: https://www.ctc-n.org/