The technology framework adopted at the Climate Change Conference in Katowice provides overarching guidance to the work of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC) while serving the Paris Agreement and recognizes that there is a pressing need to accelerate and strengthen technological innovation so that it can transfer environmentally and socially sound, cost-effective and better-performing climate technologies on a larger and more widespread scale. It also indicates that fostering innovation could be done inter alia through new collaborative approaches to climate technology research, development and demonstration (RD&D).
Responding to this mandate, the TEC, which has been working on technology innovation and RD&D since 2013, agreed to produce a compilation of good practices and lessons learned on countries' RD&D.
This compilation analyses selected bilateral and multilateral projects and programmes in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America in sectors such as energy supply, agriculture and water management.
It elaborates on case studies’ collaborative designs, policy and financial drivers, inclusiveness, intellectual property rights, approaches to communication and outreach, inter alia.
The outcome is to extract good practices and lessons learned, aiming to facilitate the sharing of information on international technology RD&D partnerships and initiatives as well as the effective participation of developing countries in collaborative RD&D initiatives on climate technologies.
[The list of the international collaborative RD&D initiatives considered for the selection of the case studies is available here]