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Assessment of first Climate Technology Centre and Network's Advisory Board meeting 14-15 May 2013 with background on the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism

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  1. 1. UN Climate Technology Centre andNetwork Advisory BoardFirst Meeting 14-15 May 2013Summary of Status15 May 2013Arthur LeeAll photos by Arthur Lee.By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  2. 2. The Cancun Agreement (COP16, 2010) wasmade effective with a series of decisions atCOP17 Durban (2011)..In the Cancun Agreement, the TechnologyMechanism is a new United NationsFramework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) structure which consists of twocomponents:• Technology Executive Committee• Climate Technology Centre and NetworkFor the first time, emerging from the UNFCCCis a structure and a process focused ontechnology development and deployment andtransfer issues. Technologies deployed willfocus on reducing emissions or adapting toclimate impact risks.The Technology Mechanism could posepotential longer term adverse impacts orfacilitate deployment of energy technologies.As a very early work in progress, it is yet tooearly to see whether the Mechanism will behelpful or not helpful. At the same time, theTechnology Mechanism will be taking upcriteria and capacity for initial “technologyneeds assessments” for nations. 2Technology Mechanism is Operationalizing
  3. 3. Technology Mechanism: Technology Executive Committee (TEC) andthe Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)The following picture on the left is drawn by the secretariat of the CTCN, describing an equal role of theTEC and the Advisory Board in working with the CTC (secretariat and all the partners). The nationaldesignated entities (NDE), nominated by a developed or developing nation, are critical to deliveringresults to each developing nation. The Network, as envisioned below, consists of national, regionaland international organizations, including companies in the private sector, relevant to technologydevelopment and transfer.- 3 -By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  4. 4. - 4 -Technology Mechanism: Technology Executive Committee (TEC) andthe Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)The following picture on the left is drawn by the CTCN, describing an equal role of the TEC and theAdvisory Board in working with the CTC (secretariat and all the partners). The national designatedentities (NDE), nominated by a developed or developing nation, are critical to delivering results toeach developing nation. The Network, as envisioned below, consists of national, regional andinternational organizations, including companies in the private sector, relevant to technologydevelopment and transfer.What can the private sector do?• Provide feedback on needs, gaps andtechnical/capacity building aspects• Provide advice on viability of policyrecommendations for low-carboninvestment• Participation in activities to bring technicalknow how into identifying drivers and forlow- carbon investment• Bring business views to support effectivecomplementary functioning – technologyexperts, trainers, policy, finance andstrategy• Participate at various levels in ameaningful way to provide technical andpolicy advice• Support/organize information sharing -dialogues, open platformsBy Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  5. 5. Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) in CopenhagenThe CTCN is operated by the United Nations Environment Programme and UNIDO in cooperation witha consortium of 11 regional Annex I and non-Annex I organizations (e.g., Energy Research Institute,India; ECN, Netherlands; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S.)The CTCN Advisory Board consists of equal numbers of non-Annex I and Annex I members, singlemember each from ENGO, RINGO (Heleen de Connick, Radboud University Nijmegen) and BINGO(Jean-Yves Caneill, Electricité de France), and the chair and vice-chair of the Technology ExecutiveCommittee. Other members include one representative of the Green Climate Fund and one from theAdaptation Committee, which is designed to strenghten interactions between the funding mechanismand the adaptation work to be conducted via the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.The facility is hosted by the Government of Denmark at the location called UN City, Copenhagen, for atleast 2 years.The funding for the CTCN is so far short of its projected needs of $44 million for five years. $13 millionhas been secured so far from Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and the European Commissionfor 2013-2015. UNEP is also approaching U.S. and Norway for funding.- 5 -By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  6. 6. Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)Three Main Functions• Managing requests [from developingnations] and responses in thetechnology cycle;• Fostering collaboration to acceleratetechnology transfer;• Strengthening networks,partnerships and capacity buildingfor technology development andtransfer• These three functions will have to beenabled by modalities, supported byprocedures.- 6 -Modalities and procedures need to be reviewed andapproved by the Advisory Board (AB). Then themodalities and procedures have to be agreed to by theSubsidiary Body on Implementation. COP19 willreview and formally adopt the final modalities andprocedures.Bottom photo: Kenihiko Shimada (Japan) consultswith Heleen de Connick (Netherlands) representingresearch organizations.By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  7. 7. Climate Technology Centre and Network:Very Early Work in ProgressWhat has been achieved so far by the Climate TechnologyCentre and Network?Deliverables in 2013• Advisory Board formed and met first time 14-15 May• Need to approve the modalities and procedures for thethree primary functions of the CTCN• Need to draft a report to the Subsidiary Body onImplementation (SBI 38) in June, which would bereviewed for adoption at COP19, November 2013.• Advisory Board approved the overall Work Plan of theCTCN at the first meeting.- 7 -UNFCCC Technology Mechanism sets out new structure and process to take actionon the general area of “technology transfer.” Technology Executive Committee hasa strategic and policy planning role. The CTC and its Network (CTCN) need todeliver results to developing nations who request help from the CTCN. Nationaldesignated entities (NDE) in each participating nation will coordinate in-country andmake the request. Oil and gas industry can help shape the NDEs so they becomeeffective organizations and pose barriers to the business.Photo: Like the construction sitenearby the UN City, the CTCN is avery early work in progressBy Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  8. 8. Work PlanLaundry List of Actions to be taken by the CTCN in 2013 (Approved by the AB)Critical Elements ofthe Work Plan• Recruiting CTCstaff• Capacity-buildingfor nationaldesignated entities(NDE)• Mapping existingtools (gap finding)and developing newtools and contentfor a knowledgemanagementsystemColor codes were discussed. Red generally means an action being mandated by the COP decisions.Blue means actions to be taken in that month.By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  9. 9. Work PlanLaundry List of Actions to be taken by the CTCN in 2013 (Approved by the AB)Critical Elements ofthe Work Plan• Modalities andprocedures toSBI38 and approvalat COP19• Prioritization criteriafor NDE requests tothe CTCN needsapproval from theAdvisory Board.• Criteria for joiningthe CTC Networkneeds approvalfrom the AdvisoryBoard.• Status report toCOP19Color codes were discussed. Red generally means an action being mandated by the COP decisions.Blue means actions to be taken in that month.By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  10. 10. CTCN Advisory Board (AB)Rules of ProcedureDiscussion and agreement to these key rules ofprocedure occurred at the first meeting.• At least two AB meetings per year, or morefrequently if needed.• A quorum of the Board must be reached at anAB meeting with 11 members. At least fivemembers from Annex I and five members fromnon-Annex I nations.• Expert observers may be invited from time totime to participate in the meetings.• Observers are allowed to attend the ABmeetings, though the AB can close meetings orportions of meetings from being observed.• The chair will allow at least one time during theAB meeting to invite comments from observers.• Consensus is preferred, though voting with athree-fourths majority would be a standarddecision-making mechanism.- 10 -Both the TEC and the CTCN allowand indeed encourage NGOs toobserve the meetings. This openapproach is positive for potentialcollaborations and buy-in withstakeholders, especially withbusiness NGOs.Photo: Gabriel Blanco (Argentina) . Left, consults with a colleague..By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  11. 11. AppendixWhat is the Technology Mechanism?- 11 -By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  12. 12. Outline (February 2012 Background Briefing)What is the Technology Mechanism?• Technology Executive Committee (TEC)• Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN)• Elements of the TEC Rolling Work Plan 2012-2013- 12 -UNFCCC Technology Mechanism sets out new UN infrastructure to takeaction on the general area of “technology transfer.” Technology ExecutiveCommittee is now established and in very early stage of organizing itselfand its work, including evaluating the bids for the host institution for theClimate Technology Center.By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  13. 13. The Cancun Agreement established the Technology Mechanismand the associated Technology Executive Committee to helptransfer technologies to the developing nations. Decision atCOP17 includes: …“… 4. Notes that the modalities elaborated by the TechnologyExecutive Committee, which are based on the functions of theTechnology Executive Committee as decided by decision1/CP.16, include the following six key elements:(a) Analysis and synthesis;(b) Policy recommendations;(c) Facilitation and catalysing;(d) Linkage with other institutional arrangements;(e) Engagement of stakeholders;(f) Information and knowledge sharing;5. Stresses the importance of engaging a broad range ofstakeholders at the international, regional, national andsubnational levels, including public institutions, the businesscommunity, academia and non-governmental organizations,in conducting its work, and that its work may require theestablishment of institutional interfaces and communicationchannels at different levels, which would allow theTechnology Executive Committee to mobilize and leverage awider range of expertise and resources. …”13Technology Executive CommitteeCancun Agreement is made effective with a series of decisions at COP17 Durban.Technology Mechanism/ Technology Executive CommitteeBy Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  14. 14. The Climate Technology Centre was agreed as a part of theTechnology Mechanism at COP16 Cancun with these functions“… 123. Decides that the Climate Technology Centre shall facilitatea network of national, regional, sectoral and internationaltechnology networks, organizations and initiatives with a view toengaging the participants of the Network effectively in the followingfunctions:(a) At the request of a developing country Party:(i) Providing advice and support related to the identificationof technology needs and the implementation ofenvironmentally sound technologies, practices andprocesses;(ii) Facilitating the provision of information, training andsupport for programmes to build or strengthen capacity ofdeveloping countries to identify technology options, maketechnology choices and operate, maintain and adapttechnology;(iii) Facilitating prompt action on the deployment of existingtechnology in developing country Parties based on identifiedneeds;(b) Stimulating and encouraging, through collaboration with theprivate sector, public institutions, academia and researchinstitutions, the development and transfer of existing and emergingenvironmentally sound technologies, as well as opportunities forNorth–South, South–South and triangular technology cooperation;”14Climate Technology Centre and NetworkCancun Agreement is made effective with a series of decisions at COP17 Durban.Technology Mechanism/ Climate Technology Centre and NetworkBy Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  15. 15. The Climate Technology Centre and Network …(c) Facilitating a network of national, regional, sectoral andinternational technology centres, networks, organization andinitiatives with a view to:(i) Enhancing cooperation with national, regional andinternational technology centres and relevant nationalinstitutions;(ii) Facilitating international partnerships among publicand private stakeholders to accelerate the innovationand diffusion of environmentally sound technologies todeveloping country Parties; (iii) Providing, at the request of a developing countryParty, in-country technical assistance and training tosupport identified technology actions in developingcountry Parties; (iv) Stimulating the establishment of twinning centrearrangements to promote North–South, South–Southand triangular partnerships, with a view to encouragingcooperative research and development; (v) Identifying, disseminating and assisting withdeveloping analytical tools, policies and best practicesfor country-driven planning to support the disseminationof environmentally sound technologies; (d) Performing other such activities as may be necessary tocarry out its functions;15Climate Technology Centre and NetworkCancun Agreement is made effective with a series of decisions at COP17 Durban.Technology Mechanism/ Climate Technology Centre and NetworkBy Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  16. 16. The Technology Executive Committee (TEC)…Is composed of a geographically mandated diverse set ofmembers: 9 (Annex I) + 9 (non-Annex I) + 2 (SIDS , LDC)Sets out four mandated actions to report to the SBI (SB36,May 2012).The four actions are:Nominate the Evaluation Panel to evaluate the bids ofpotential host organization of the Climate TechnologyCentreEncourage broad stakeholders engagementEstablish linkages to organizations within the ClimateChange Convention and outside the ConventionRolling Work Plan 2012-2013At the Second TEC meeting, the TEC invited a number ofoutside organizations including the ICC, the World ResourcesInstitute, and the World Business Council on SustainableDevelopment to discuss their views about TEC’s potentialwork elements..16Technology Executive Committee Evaluates Bids for Hosting CTCFormative stage February 2012The effectiveness of the TEC and the CTCN to enhanceaction on technology development and transfer inmitigation and adaptation is too early to be assessed. Thekey question is whether there are enough resources andcapacity to carry out its work, even if the work becomesbetter defined.By Arthur Lee, on behalf of IPIECA as observer
  17. 17. Areas for future collaboration at TEClevel Analysis and synthesis Policy recommendations; Facilitation and catalysing Linkage with other institutionalarrangements Engagement of stakeholders;observers, panels, consultativegroups Information and knowledge sharingTEC modalities What the private sector can do•Provide feedback on needs, gaps andtechnical/capacity building aspects• Provide advice on viability of policyrecommendations for low-carbon investment• Participation in activities to bring technicalknow how into identifying drivers and for low-carbon investment•Bring business views to support effectivecomplementary functioning – technologyexperts, trainers, policy, finance and strategy•Participate at various levels in a meaningfulway to provide technical and policy advice•Support/organize information sharing -dialogues, open platforms

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