“Climate Technology – the UNFCCC home for technology”, a new website that showcases UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) support to countries for climate technology action, was launched by the UN organisation’s secretariat on Monday, December 12 2016.
“Just as technology was the main catalyst in the development of fossil fuels, so it is the driver of successful climate friendly solutions, especially low-emissions technologies such as renewable energy and energy efficiency and also including the many solutions to adaptation to extreme climate. It is therefore essential to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement,” says the UN body.
Called TT:CLEAR, the website aims to be a go-to tool for speeding up the development and transfer of climate technologies. It contains easy-to-search databases for fundable technology projects and policies that countries could implement in their drive to shift onto low-carbon and climate resilient development pathways.
Linked to this, the website will function as a key resource for countries as they implement their climate action plans – called nationally determined contributions (NDCs) – to achieve the Paris Agreement’s objectives.
The website is also the home of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism. It contains comprehensive information on its Technology Executive Committee (TEC), including the TEC’s up-coming meetings and relevant documents. It also links to the Climate Technology Centre and Network, the implementing arm of the Technology Mechanism, which provides free technical assistance to developing countries on climate technology issues.
Furthermore, the website showcases developing country technology action plans seeking support for implementation. It also contains information on the technology needs assessments that developing countries undertake to scale up implementation. The website highlights technology activities that developed countries have supported in developing countries.
Finally, the new TT:CLEAR also contains information about support for climate technology activities, including links to finance sources.