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High Demand for Technology Transfer to Meet Paris Goals

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2016 CTCN Progress Report launched. Developing country trends in climate technology transfer needs presented.

In year 3 of its operations, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) reports that demand for technology transfer in support of achieving countries’ national commitments is growing rapidly.

Approximately 30% of all incoming mitigation-related requests to CTCN focus on energy efficiency. Among adaptation-related requests for technical assistance, an increasing number of countries are focusing on early warning systems. A growing number of requests include appeals for assistance in catalysing project financing; the consideration of gender is essential too.

For example, Bosnia and Herzegovina committed to introduce renewable energy sources into Banja Luca’s district heating system. The energy strategy supported by the CTCN attracted interest from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in providing a multi-million dollar investment package for new biomas boilers and other efficiency measures.

Mali committed to promote a green economy with emphasis on climate-smart agriculture and renewable energy. The CTCN is identifying technologies and private investment opportunities for solar-powered fruit and vegetable drying and storage facilities.

Bhutan committed to promote low-carbon transport through the use of intelligent transport system. The CTCN facilitated capacity building in Thailand so that Bhutan could learn from the experience of Thailand’s low-carbon mobility planning and intelligent transport system.

How it works: Countries, working through national representatives, convey their technology requests. The CTCN then mobilizes relevant technology experts from a global network of 230 technology institutions to design and deliver a customized solution. CTCN technology transfer spans numerous countries and technology sectors.

About the CTCN:
The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) promotes the accelerated development and transfer of climate technologies for energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient development. As the implementing arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism, the Climate Technology Centre is hosted and managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and supported by 200 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.
Contact:
Karina LARSEN
Knowledge & Communications Manager
Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
Tel: +45 4533 5373, e-mail k.larsen@unido.org
www.ctc-n.org