Technology Working Group
Support for the transfer and proliferation of environmentally sound climate technologies is embedded in Article 4, paragraphs 1(c), 3, 5 and 7 of the Convention. Conceived as early as 2001 and embellished and better-defined as part of the 2007 Bali Action Plan, today’s Technology Mechanism (TM) was mandated in 2010 and became fully operational in December, 2013.
The role of the CAN Technology Working Group is to ensure that the Technology Mechanism lives up to its charge to facilitate the transfer of those technologies that are best suited to meeting the mitigation and adaptation needs of developing country Parties. This means that the transfers are implemented in a “no-regrets” manner, where technologies accomplish Parties’ goals without technology-induced, side effects that were not foreseen and are potentially worse than the climate impacts they were deployed to alleviate.
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Just as CAN's approach to mitigation has always been for Parties to focus on the reality of "What the atmosphere actually sees", so CAN's approach to capacity building (CB) in the LCA has always been for Parties to concentrate on the realities on the ground. These realities are four-fold:
1) The vast majority of Parties are mid to small sized developing countries with under-developed economies containing immense potential for human and economic development;
Durban is shaping up as a critical moment in the 20-year history of the climate regime. The world can either build on what has been created in the Kyoto Protocol, raise the level of ambition as demanded by the science, and provide sufficient finance to meet developing countries’ needs for adaptation, mitigation, and REDD. Or it risks relegating the UNFCCC to a side show with little legitimacy to meaningfully address the climate crisis.
Let’s review what’s needed to avoid a train wreck in Durban:
CAN has identified the important submissions, technical expert meetings, workshops etc that should be undertaken to progress work in order that Durban should be successful in establishing the basis for a fair, ambitious and binding agreement.
Head, Energy and Climate Change Programme
Renewable Energy Institute of Thailand Foundation