Set up in 1975, three years after UNEP began, the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) provides solutions to decision-makers and helps change the business environment by offering platforms for dialogue and cooperation, innovative policy options, pilot projects and creative market mechanisms.
Like UNEP as a whole, DTIE addresses environmental issues at global and regional levels, provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
DTIE has four main branches: Economy and Trade; Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry; Energy, Climate and Technology; and Chemicals and Waste. The International Environmental Technology Centre in Osaka, Japan, is also part of the Division.
DTIE plays a leading role in three of UNEP’s seven strategic priorities: climate change, chemicals and waste, and resource efficiency. The Division is a leading contributor to the Green Economy Initiative, launched by UNEP in 2008, as well as to the UNEP Finance Initiative, the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, and TEEB - The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. UNEP, through DTIE, also hosts the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) in collaboration with UNIDO and with the support of a consortium of partners.
The Division also hosts the secretariats of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the International Resource Panel, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Life Cycle Initiative, and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform.
DTIE is also home to OzonAction, which since 1991 has been working to implement the Montreal Protocol to protect the earth’s ozone layer.