A global effort by National Designated Entities, technology experts and funders, coordinated by the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), now appears to be showing some impact.
In its Five-Year Progress Report launched on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the CTCN announced that 137 technology solutions have been delivered or are under way in 79 countries. It adds that some 2,500 people have been trained and over 10 million tonnes of CO₂eq are expected to be reduced per year with completion of the mitigation-related projects.
With an original investment of $40 million, the CTCN’s technical assistance has leveraged $670 million in anticipated funding for developing countries’ technology implementation, it was gathered.
“Accelerating the deployment of clean and green technologies is crucial for realising the aims of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past five years, the CTCN has served as a powerful example of a UNFCCC mechanism connecting developing countries to the innovative and relevant technologies they seek,” says Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The country-driven nature of the CTCN, with 160 National Designated Entities identifying climate technology needs based upon goals set forth in Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans, is closely aligned with the Paris Agreement.
“Our interventions identify the best possible technology options for climate action, and support policy development and resource mobilisation to enhance their uptake. Experience from the last five years has taught us that pairing technology expertise with local knowledge is essential, scalability is important and that relationships matter,” emphasises Jukka Uosukainen, the Director of the CTCN.
The CTCN promotes the accelerated development and transfer of climate technologies for energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient development. It is the implementation arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and is hosted and managed by UN Environment (UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).