Technology is key in addressing the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation and has long been recognised as one of the essential pillars of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Technology Mechanism, established in 2010, was an important milestone in operationalising the technology transfer provisions of the UNFCCC, and its two bodies – the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) – are now up and running. However, the Technology Mechanism is still a work in progress and could be further strengthened to accelerate the development and transfer of climate technologies, particularly to developing country parties.
Against this background, the objective of this side-event was to shed light on a diverse range of proposals, options and initiatives relating to technology matters in the context of deliberations towards the 2015 Paris Agreement and beyond.
Heleen de Coninck (Radboud University Nijmegen) presented a draft paper she co-authored with Ambuj Sagar (Indian Institute of Technology) for ICTSD on different proposals for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, and its implementation from 2016 onwards, in order to help strengthen the climate technology development and transfer arrangements under the UNFCCC.
Zitouni Ould Dada (UNEP) presented the outcome and key messages from a UNEP workshop on technology issues in the 2015 Paris Agreement which was held in Paris in March.
Ged Owens (EPO) introduced key findings of the EPO-UNEP-ICTSD studies on patents and clean energy technologies and officially launched the new section of the EPO clean energy patent classification YO2W for waste.
These presentations were followed by an open discussion. The event was moderated by Michael Grubb (Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at UCL and member of the ICTSD-WEF E15 Initiative).