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Knowledge Partners

Knowledge partners support CTCN’s mandate to foster collaboration and access to information and knowledge in order to accelerate climate technology transfer. Through its knowledge partner network, the CTCN generates, manages and shares knowledge, experience and good practices at the national, regional and global level, taking into account traditional knowledge and practices. Knowledge partners include Consortium partners, Network members, UN agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector and other reliable sources of climate technology information. 

Knowledge Partners

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration: Canada

    UNU-INWEH is a member of the United Nations University family of organizations. It is the United Nations Think Tank on Water created by the UNU Governing Council in 1996. The vision of the institute is a world free of water problems where sustainable human development and environmental health and security are assured for all. The mission is to help resolve pressing water challenges that are of concern to the United Nations, its Member States, and their people, through i) synthesis of existing bodies of scientific research; ii) cutting edge targeted research that identifies emerging policy issues; iii) application of on-the ground, science backed scalable solutions; and, iv) targeted public outreach.

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration: Canada

    Viresco Solutions is a consulting firm based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Its core business is greenhouse gas offset policy development and implementation, greenhouse gas emissions quantification, sustainable supply chain development, environmental offset methodology development, and providing technical assistance to others undertaking carbon offset project development. Its clients include industry and non-governmental associations, large private sector companies, and local, provincial and federal governments. Viresco Solutions´ mandate is to work to ensure that green projects grow and flourish worldwide ("Viresco" is a Latin term meaning "To grow, become green, flourish"). Specifically, Viresco´s product and service offerings include: 1. Policy and Program Implementation: Assisting governments and regulatory bodies in developing comprehensive and credible programs or policies on carbon offsets and other environmental assets. 2. Greenhouse Gas Quantification: Providing technical expertise to clients (e.g. project developers, grant applicants, governments or other clients) for GHG quantification or carbon offset projects. 3. Standards Development: Developing offset quantification protocols/methodologies, insetting guidance documents and other environmental asset market documents (e.g. water, conservation). 4. Sustainability Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement: Building competitive strategic plans for organizations 5. Sustainable Supply Chain Assessments: Assessing upstream and downstream impacts in agri-food supply chains and bringing rigour to the process

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration: Belgium

    Climate change, food security, resource scarcity, sustainable energy, ageing population… VITO’s research agenda focuses on the major societal challenges we are facing today. The fields of expertise of VITO initiate a societal transition. That is why VITO combines sustainability and transition throughout its research programs, and is committed to maximize the valorization of VITO’s research results.

    As an independent and customer-oriented research organization, VITO provides innovative technological solutions and offers scientifically based advice and support to encourage sustainable development and to reinforce the economic and social structures in Flanders. VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organization in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today.

    VITO provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage, and advises industry and governments on determining their policy for the future. VITO has 750 highly-qualified employees who work on international projects all around the world. VITO’s headquarters are located in Mol, Belgium, and the company has a subsidiary in China. The total turnover of VITO amounted to about 140 million euros in 2014.

    VITO focuses on five different research programs: sustainable chemistry, energy, health, materials management and land use.  Each programme builds up a strong base of knowledge and skill, with added value for industry and society. The result is new and innovative research and a comprehensive range of scientific services. In VITO's five areas of expertise, a societal transition is taking place or is urgently needed. Smart grids, intensive re-use of resources, a bio-based economy, all these developments require new and better sustainable technologies, as well as a change in mindset. That is why VITO is working hard on sustainability and transition thinking as binding factors between the five research programs.

    More and more companies are finding their way to eco-efficiency: they combine environmental profits with company profits. They achieve that by, among other things, re-evaluating their product design, optimizing their processes, and re-using their waste products. Independent advice from VITO supports them in all these domains. As an expert in energy, environment and materials, VITO (co-)developed important innovations and follows up on all international innovations. VITO combines profound knowledge with a multi-disciplinary approach. Collaboration among different research fields often leads to unique solutions that would otherwise never become visible from a one-sided approach.

    VITO is an important research partner for local, Flemish, federal, and European governments. It delivers the necessary input for scientifically sound decisions by governmental decision takers. It gives government institutions the resources to put their policies in place in an efficient and goal-oriented way. It also develops barometers that measure the results of a policy and that quickly reveal where adjustments are necessary.

    VITO works closely together with companies, governments, universities and other research institutions, both in Belgium and abroad. This leads to various common international research programs, publications and communications at international conferences and symposia. VITO also plays an active part in Europe such as in the Framework Programs of the European Union. In this way, VITO brings the most authoritative scientific position of Flanders into the entire European knowledge economy. Besides all this, VITO carries out its own strategic research in different technological fields.

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration: United States

    Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) is an independent research institute founded in 1985 where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change in order to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the world. WHRC collaborates with colleagues from many countries around the world in order to prevent and reverse deforestation and apply remote sensing and other advanced analytical methods to measure progress towards these goals. Staff scientists currently have active programs collaborating with Government agencies, civil authorities, NGOs, universities and research institutions in Africa, Latin America, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, providing technical assistance to partner organizations in developing countries to build capacity to use and interpret results of data, analyses and methods derived from remote sensing technology including a wide variety of satellite-based instruments to contribute to national strategies for climate mitigation, adaptation and REDD+.

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration: Kenya

    The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a centre of scientific excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.

     

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration: United Kingdom

    World Coal Association is the global industry association formed of major international coal producers and stakeholders. The WCA works to demonstrate and gain acceptance for the role coal plays in achieving a sustainable and lower carbon energy future. World coal organization's regular policy analysis, workshops, media updates and strategic research provide access to  the highest level of information on the global coal industry and its role in energy, climate and sustainable development issues. 

     

  • Knowledge partner

    WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 187 member states. WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. The mandate of the organization, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration: Mongolia

    XacBank is one of Mongolia’s largest systemic banks, serving clients ranging from individuals to SMEs to the largest Mongolian corporations with a range of inclusive banking, investment services and other financial products. The Bank aims to create a sustainable value for its shareholders and institutional investors, while promoting a triple-bottom line vision and mission built around Planet, People and Profit. In line with this mission, the XacBank Eco Banking Department is the first and only private banking unit in Mongolia dedicated solely to providing environmentally sustainable financial solutions for both businesses and consumers. It has vast experience in providing business loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, and has implemented and financed climate change mitigation projects since 2009.

     Established in 2001, XacBank has an extensive reach throughout the country with 96 branches, units and business service centers, 1,700 specialized personnel, more than 1,800 merchants and EASY Mobile bank agents who swiftly service more than 700 thousand customers with complex financial services using latest state-of-art technology. XacBank’s audited yearly financial statements and annual reports for every year since 2001 are readily available on its website.

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