Turning Project Ideas into Reality Editorial by Zitouni Ould-Dada, Head of Technology Unit, UN Environment
Developing countries carry out Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) in order to identify their priority technology needs and develop the Technology Action Plans necessary to help meet these needs, i.e. accessing environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), and create know-how. Since 2009, more than 50 developing countries have engaged in the TNA process and the development of Technology Action Plans, with 32 of them issuing their TNAs and TAPs in 2013.
Moldova implements Technology Action Plans
to tackle extreme heat impacts
Following the extreme heat experienced this summer, the Government of Moldova, with assistance from UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), implemented key elements of the country’s Technology Action Plan (TAP) for climate change adaptation. Daytime temperatures were sustained above 35 degrees in late July, which were far above the seasonal average. The collaboration between UDP and the Government of Moldova shows how the work conducted within national TNAs can lead to practical, life-saving, solutions.
Enhancing linkages between the TNA and NDC processes
Photo credit: Alex Lang/Flickr At the 13th meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) to the UNFCCC, held on 6-9 September, 2016 in Bonn, Germany, one of the main points on the agenda was the discussion and analysis of the linkages between the TNA and NDC processes. As a starting point for the discussion, UNEP DTU Partnership prepared and presented a paper on the topic.
A three-day global experience-sharing workshop under the TNA project Phase II brought together country representatives from the 26 Phase II countries, plus 4 country representatives from the TNA Phase I in Nairobi, on 20-22 September, 2016. Organised by UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), in collaboration with the UNFCCC, the workshop was an opportunity for participants to showcase best practices and share experiences of implementing the TNA project in their respective countries so far.
Mauritius prioritises energy efficient boilers
for climate change mitigation
Mauritius has prioritised energy efficient boilers using waste heat recovery for climate change mitigation as part of their Technology Needs Assessment process, with the annual CO2 emission reduction calculated at 17.9 ktCO2 for retrofitted boilers. In addition, the Technology Action Plan supports the uptake of boiler economizers through measures such as the provision of energy audits, a rebate scheme on capital investment, training of energy managers, as well as the provision of financial and banking services, energy efficiency promotion services, and consulting services.
Guidance to prepare Technology Action Plans (FRENCH)
This guide book is prepared based on a COP 20 request to the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) to provide guidance to countries on how the results of the technology needs assessments, and in particular the technology action plans, can be ultimately implemented. Click to read the publication.
Stories from the Technology Needs Assessments
This publication provides examples of how countries have used their Technology Needs Assessments, and specifically their Technology Action Plans, to advance implementation of technologies for mitigation and adaptation. It provides country-based examples and covers a range of sectors. Click to read the publication.
Meet Us at COP 22
When and Where
8 November 2016 18:30 to 20:00
Official side event
UDP/Swaziland Implementing Nationally Determined Contributions: Importance of Technology and Capacity Building
9 November 2016
13:15 to 14:45
Supporting the implementation of Technology Action Plans
11 November 2016
12:00 to 13:30
Africa Pavilion side event:
Climate Technology Transfer for African countries through the Climate Technology Centre and Network
14 November 2016
18:30 to 20:00
EU Pavilion side event:
Technology Transfer to the Zero Carbon Economy