8/10/14 - 10/10/14
Fourth Meeting of the Advisory Board of the UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
The fourth meeting of the CTCN Advisory Board took place on 8-10 October 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting was co-chaired by the new Chair, Fred Onduri of Uganda and the new Vice-Chair, Matthew Kennedy of Ireland. New Advisory Board members Niclas Hällström, Ahmed Abdel Latif, and Tanya Morrison representing the ENGO, RINGO, and BINGO communities respectively, were welcomed.
An update on activities was presented to the Advisory Board by Jukka Uosukainen, Director of the CTCN, and his CTCN team. Highlights of the meeting include:
- Over 20 countries are receiving technical assistance from the CTCN at their request. The CTCN also announced that it will now receive requests for assistance in all 6 official UN languages.
- 20 organizations are now members of the Climate Technology Network. The Network will play a significant role in delivering technical assistance and capacity building services.
- The CTCN budget and annual operating plan was presented to the Advisory Board. With initial donor contributions of over $32 million, the CTCN is empowered to deliver on its mandate but seeks funding for future years of operation.
- Recognizing the specific needs of least developed countries (LDCs), the CTCN unveiled a LDC request incubator programme that was fully supported by the Advisory Board.
- The joint annual report of the TEC and the CTCN for 2014 was discussed and the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the TEC and the CTCN were entrusted with finalizing the report.
- Carlos Rossi of Peru, representing the COP20 presidency, presented a statement to the Advisory Board.
- Strengthening of collaboration and synergies between CTCN, the GEF and regional financial institutions were discussed.
- According to the procedural rules of the CTCN Advisory Board, the terms of some Government representatives will expire at the end of 2014 and the names of new Government representatives will need to be submitted by COP20.
Climate Technology Centre and Network highlighted at UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn
A central focus of a side event on the UNFCCC’s Technology Mechanism held 7 June in Bonn was on the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The CTCN promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. The CTCN is fully up and running and has attracted its first eight requests from six countries this year.
Congratulating the CTCN, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said:
“As countries move towards the 2015 global climate agreement, it is comforting to know that the ‘scaffolding’ that needs to be technological basis for the agreement is there.”
She also said that whilst six customer countries is a good start, this number is not yet the critical mass that will send the right message to the top level.
“I challenge you all to very quickly scale up the number of countries seeking services, so that when we arrive in Paris, we can point to such a critical mass of countries that is making use of the CTCN. That’s the demand side. On the supply side, I challenge countries to provide the necessary support to make this work and grow”
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The CTCN is hosted by UNEP in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and 11 independent, regional organizations with expertise in climate technologies. Providing an overview of the CTCN, Jukka Uosukainen, Director of CTCN, said that more institutions need to come on board as part of an expanded network, and that especially adaptation-oriented institutions are encouraged to apply.
- Implementation of the Technology Mechanism: Ensuring coherence and synergy
Mr. Matthew Kennedy, Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the CTCN, and Mr. Kunihiko Shimada, Vice-Chair of the TEC;
- Technology Executive Committee: Recent deliverables and rolling workplan for 2014-2015, including key expected outcomes
Mr. Gabriel Blanco, Chair of the TEC;
- New features of the technology information platform TT:CLEAR
Mr. Asher Lessels, UNFCCC secretariat;
- Introduction to the Climate Technology Centre and Network
Mr. Fred Onduri, Chair of the Advisory Board of the CTCN, and Mr. Jukka Uosukainen, Director of the CTCN;
- Experience of Colombia with requests for technical assistance from the Climate Technology Centre and Network
H.E. Mr. Pablo Vieira Samper, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environmental and Sustainable Development of Colombia.
Bionas Agropolitan Technology Corridor (BATC) Development Bhd becomes first private sector member to join the Climate Technology Network
BATC Development Bhd is a company experienced in the cultivation and processing of Jatropha curcas seed for production of biofuel, biodiesel & glycerol for industrial, energy and transport applications.
The firm has established joint ventures in 40 countries across Asia, North Africa and Latin America for the cultivation, processing and/or storage and distribution of the products.
BATC Development brings to the Network its expertise in investment and technology development and transfer particularly in the area of mitigation in energy and transport sectors.
The Climate Technology Centre's Network members contribute their sectoral and/or regional expertise in a broad range of climate technologies by bidding to provide services in response to individual countries' climate technology requests. In addition, Network members engage with one another and with the National Designated Entities (NDEs), the CTCN's focal points in each country, on technology needs, solutions and climate technology capacity building.
Network membership is open to a broad range of institutions and private sector companies are highly encouraged to apply to the Climate Technology Network. Learn more about CTN membership.
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Two new organizations join the Climate Technology Network
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) are now officially recognised members of the Climate Technology Network (CTN).
Climate Technology Network members engage with the CTCN's national representatives (the National Designated Entities), the CTCN's Consortium members, and other national climate technology stakeholders via information sharing, capacity building, and by participating in bids for technical assistance projects in response to developing country requests.
REEEP serves as a funder, information provider and connector for up-scaling clean energy business models in developing countries and emerging markets. REEEP's International Secretariat is based in Vienna, Austria, with Regional Secretariats in East Asia, Latin American & Caribbean, South Asia and Southern Africa and a West Africa focal point.
REN21 is a global renewable energy policy network that connects a wide range of key stakeholders to facilitate knowledge exchange, policy development and joint action towards a rapid global transition to renewable energy. The REN21 Secretariat is located in Paris, France. Together, REN21 and REEEP established http://www.reegle.info, an information portal on clean energy policy, regulation and financing.
Network membership is open to a broad spectrum of institutions globally. Selection of CTN members is based upon demonstrated capability in development, transfer and deployment of climate technologies as well as a commitment to engage in knowledge sharing and capacity building. Learn more about Network membership or apply to the CTN.
CTCN to officially recognize WIPO as a member of the CTCN Network
On 19 March 2014, Jukka Uosukainen, CTCN Director met with Christian Wichard, the Deputy Director General of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Copenhagen. On this occasion, Jukka Uosukainen signed the paperwork to officially recognize WIPO as a member of the network of the CTCN. The Climate Technology Network supports the CTCN in the delivery of services. . In response to country requests, Network members can be selected to provide technical assistance that matches their expertise. Network members are also expected to participate in CTCN events as well as exchanging information and providing experts for webinars, e-learning courses and other types of trainings through the CTCN Knowledge Management System (KMS).
Jukka Uosukainen Appointed Director of New Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today the appointment of Jukka Uosukainen as the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP, congratulated Mr. Uosukainen and said that CTCN is now ready to fulfill its mandate by assisting developing countries to make informed decisions about mitigation and adaptation technologies that suit their needs. Click here to read the press release
COP 19 Decision on the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
The Warsaw Climate Change Conference 2013 concluded on 23 November. Key decisions adopted at this conference include decisions on further advancing the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). Modalities and procedures of the Climate Technology Centre and Network and its Advisory Board were adopted. Governments completed work on the CTCN so that it can immediately respond to requests from developing countries for advice and assistance on the transfer of technology.
UN Environment Programme (UNEP), announced that the CTCN is officially “open for business"
As of this month 35 countries, 24 of them developing, have nominated their National Designated Entities-focal points who will submit requests on mitigation and adaptation technologies to the CTCN-demonstrating that interest is already strong and uptake of the CTCN's services is expected to be high.
To prepare these focal points to exercise their roles, the CTCN will over the next five months conduct a series of regional training sessions, starting in Thailand in December.
"The CTCN is a product of all parties coming together and creating an operational entity that will support developing countries as they work to accelerate the development and transfer of climate technologies," said Griff Thompson, US State Department, and Chair of the CTCN Advisory Board. "Through the Center we will translate the rhetoric of climate technology into the realities of technology development, transfer and adoption. We are confident that the CTCN will fulfill the promise and potential of its mandate."
The Climate Technology Centre and Network: enhancing the development and transfer of technologies, Room Wroclaw
The CTCN, hosted by UNEP, helps developing countries move to low carbon and climate resilient development by responding to requests made by their national designated entities (NDE). It will be illustrated how the CTCN works with countries, through NDEs, to respond to requests on technology transfer.
Fostering new financial partnerships: Promoting technology transfer and deployment in developing countries, Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel
Following the CTCN’s Regional Expert Dialogue on private sector engagement, held in September 2013 in Washington D.C. the Climate Technology Centre and Network CTCN) will examine and exchange ideas on how to engage the private sector, multilateral banks, and bilateral project organizations in the implementation of projects and investments in technology transfer. The aim of this side event is to show how the private sector would engage with the CTCN in responding to countries' requests to help remove market barriers and create investment opportunities.
- Heinz Leuenberger, Director of Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO
- Mark Radka, Interim Director, CTCN; Head of Energy Branch, UNEP
- Griff Thompson, Chair, Advisory Board, CTCN
- Jeanne Chi Yun Ng, Director, Group Environmental Affairs, CLP Group
- Jorge Soto, Director, Sustainable Development, Braskem
- Representative, Tata Cleantech Capital Limited
- Franck Jesus, Sr. Climate Change Specialist, GEF
9/09/13 - 11/09/13
Second CTCN Advisory Board Meeting, Bonn - Germany
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The second meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) was held on 9-11September in Bonn, Germany back-to-back with the 7th meeting of the Technology Executive Committee. It attracted about 40 observers from various organizations including IGOs, NGOs, UN organizations, and Parties to the UNFCCC.
The Advisory Board – whose role is to guide the operations of the CTCN –discussed key policy documents to enable the CTCN to start its work.
What was achieved at the meeting?
- The CTCN Programme of Work was discussed and approved. This is a five year rolling programme (2013-2017) which describes how the CTCN will deliver on its activities and targets, including the budget required to meet these targets. The delivery of these activities and targets will depend on the availability of funds to the CTCN and the nature of demand expressed from developing countries through their NDEs. The Advisory Board agreed to review this Programme of Work annually as the CTCN becomes fully operational to allow for refinement and revision as needed.
- The CTCN Modalities and Procedures were approved. These are based on the terms of reference of the CTCN which explain its roles and responsibilities in managing requests from developing countries through their National Designated Entities (NDEs) and delivering responses.
- The criteria for prioritizing requests from developing country Parties were approved. These took into account discussions at the first Advisory Board meeting, recommendations provided by the Technology Executive Committee, based on its meeting reports, information obtained from the Regional Experts Dialogues in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and from reports on Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) prepared by 35 countries.
- The guiding principles and criteria for establishing the Climate Technology Network were approved. This would enable the structure of the Network to be established. The Network will provide most of the technical assistance to developing countries. Given the wide range of adaptation and mitigation expertise required across sectors, regions and technologies, a diverse Network of regional and national institutions will be needed to respond effectively and efficiently to developing countries’ requests. The approach envisaged is one of gradual expansion and increasingly sophisticated structuring of the Network, reflecting the expected build-up of demand and underlying financing for activities as well as experience and learning within the CTCN.
- The CTCN Modalities and Procedures approved by the Advisory Board will be submitted for adoption at COP19 in Warsaw on 11-22 November.
- UNEP will prepare a note for NDEs by COP19 explaining the process by which CTCN will handle requests from developing countries.
- The CTCN Advisory Board will review the criteria and the Programme of Work annually as the CTCN becomes fully operational to allow for experience and lessons learned as needed.
- The next Advisory Board meeting of the CTCN is tentatively scheduled for early 2014 in Copenhagen Denmark.
Regional Experts Dialogue in Dakar, Senegal
Regional experts from Francophone Africa met from 3 to 4 September in Dakar, Senegal. This consultation was part of a a series of Regional Expert Dialogues held by UNEP with selected regional experts having deep knowledge of country needs regarding climate technologies and familiarity with the UNFCCC. These dialogues will generate information on barriers, needs and priorities, and on how the CTCN can best support countries in the region. At the conclusion of these regional expert dialogues, UNEP will be able to provide relevant information to support discussions and decision making for the CTCN Advisory Board.
CTCN- Side Event at the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn
UNEP, as the host of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and some of its consortium partners provided an update on the arrangements being made to make the CTCN operational, including outcomes of the first meeting of the CTCN Advisory Board.
14/05/13 - 15/05/13
First CTCN Advisory Board Meeting, Copenhagen - Denmark
The First Advisory Board Meeting of the CTCN, held on 14 and 15 May 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark, was an important step to complete the so-called operationalisation of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism. The Advisory Board provides strategic direction and advice to the CTCN and reports to the UNFCCC COP.
What was achieved during the meeting?
- The Chair and Vice-Chair were agreed. Griffin Thompson of the United States will serve as Chair and Fred Onduri of Uganda as Vice-Chair.
- The Advisory Board's Rules of Procedure were discussed and the Chair and Vice-Chair authorized to finalize them before the deadline of 23 May.
- An outline was agreed for a report by the Advisory Board to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies at their June 2013 meeting.
- Mark Radka of UNEP gave a summary of the activities taken to date and CTCN finances.
- A brainstorm on criteria for prioritization of requests for CTCN assistance was held.
- Main elements of the CTCN programme of work for 2013 were presented by UNEP and discussed by the Advisory Board.
- The next meeting of the CTCN Advisory Board was proposed to be conducted back-to-back with the7th meeting of the Technology Executive Committee in September. The agenda is expected to contain the following items: finalization of the CTCN modalities and procedures, approval of the criteria for prioritization of requests, approval of the criteria for the Network, and the joint TEC CTCN report to COP19.