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Technology Executive Committee (TEC)

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TEC
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Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1 53175 Bonn, Germany
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Knowledge Partner
Type of organisation:
Intergovernmental organisation

Together, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) form the Technology Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Created in 2010, the TEC is the Mechanism’s policy arm. The TEC focuses on identifying policies that can accelerate the development and transfer of low-emission and climate resilient technologies. 
The TEC works closely with key partners and stakeholders to develop inclusive policy recommendations that are up-to-date and cutting-edge. In particular, the TEC works closely with the CTCN to address technology development and transfer issues.

The TEC consists of 20 technology experts representing developed and developing countries. It meets at least twice a year and holds climate technology events to support efforts to address technology-related policy issues. Each year the TEC reports to the Conference of the Parties (COP) on its performance and activities. Specifically, the TEC analyses climate technology issues and develops balanced policy recommendations, supporting countries to accelerate action on climate change. Currently, the TEC’s focus areas are:

•    Adaptation technologies
•    Climate technology financing
•    Emerging and cross-cutting issues
•    Innovation and technology research, development and demonstration
•    Mitigation technologies
•    Technology needs assessments

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    Contributions

    • Catalysing finance for incubators and accelerators

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      Innovation is crucial for implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
      •     Incubators and accelerators can reduce the risk, enhance the impact and speed up the technology innovation process. They do this by building the capacity of entrepreneurs and connecting them to markets, finance and other key innovation actors.

    • Climate technology incubators and accelerators

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      Innovation is the process by which new ideas are developed to respond to societal, environmental and economic needs. By generating new products, services, businesses, organizational models and behavioural changes, innovation speeds up and scales up national efforts to address climate change. It is key to implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Historically, small enterprises have played an important role in technological innovation, often leading to the introduction of paradigm-shifting technologies and changes in the way we live.

    • TEC Brief #7- Strengthening national systems of innovation to enhance action on climate change

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      Technological change is one of the key arms in our arsenal of weapons to combat climate change. A country’s capabilities to drive and enable this change thus take on a critical role. The implications of our ability to manage a climate technology transition are enormous: a recent study suggests that to keep the global rise in temperature to less than 2 °C, the additional cost of deploying energy technologies between 2016 and 2050 is USD 40 trillion (IEA, 2015).

    • TEC Brief #11- Industrial energy and material efficiency in emission-intensive sectors

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      Accounting for 37 per cent of global final energy consumption in 2014, the worldwide industrial sector consumes more energy than any other end-use sector, with China and India having the largest shares in that consumption. Energy is needed for a number of technologies and industrial processes. Nevertheless, the resulting greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced through the application of different energy and material efficiency measures, thereby offering great energy and cost saving potential.

    • TEC Brief #10- Technological innovation for the Paris Agreement

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      In 2015, countries adopted the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, setting out a vision of a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable future for all. The goals of these groundbreaking instruments need to be urgently pursued. 2016 was the hottest year on record, with the average global temperature now almost 1 °C above pre-industrial levels. Climate change effects of growing intensity are being observed with rising frequency in all corners of the world, threatening prospects for sustainable development.

    • TEC Brief #9- South South cooperation and triangular cooperation

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      Based on a mapping of SSC/TrC initiatives, an e-survey ofnational designated entities (NDEs)7 and consortium partners and members of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and recommendations of the Technology Executive
      Committee (TEC), this TEC Brief outlines the challenges for SSC/TrC on technologies for adaptation, reviews best practices and lessons learned, and highlights the roles of different stakeholders in the successful replication and transfer of
      technologies for adaptation in the context of SSC/TrC.

    • Industrial Energy Efficiency and Material Substitution in Carbon-Intensive Sectors

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      This technical paper provides the context and current state of play of measures in the field of industrial energy efficiency, providing an accurate, objective, and up-to-date picture and assessment of the current situation. The paper identifies the various dimensions of, and major themes and issues surrounding industrial energy efficiency and its policies with a global perspective, as well as areas for further consideration for the TEC.

    • TEC- Background Paper on Technology Roadmaps

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      This background paper reports on the use of technology roadmaps (TRMs) related to climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies. The study is motivated by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (CoP) request to the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) to catalyse the development and use of TRMs as facilitative tools for action on mitigation and adaptation.

    • TEC- Compilation of good practises in climate adaptation and South-South cooperation

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      The focus of the present compilation is the software and orgware components of South–South and triangular cooperation on adaptation technologies. The compilation presents several case studies from different regions focusing on knowledge-sharing, practical peer-to-peer learning and utilization of countries’ practices and technologies, including their indigenous knowledge and technologies.

       

       

    • TEC- Enhancing financing for the research, development and demonstration of climate technologies

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      In this paper, the TEC continues this work by exploring how we may enhance financing for RD&D of climate technologies. It notes that R&D spending for renewable energy and agriculture technologies has been rising broadly, although it only accounts for a small share of global R&D expenditures. In recent years, though, renewable energy R&D finance has plateaued. The paper highlights that the private sector often plays an important role in the RD&D of climate technologies.

    • Enhancing implementation of Technology Needs Assessments- guidance for preparing a Technology Action Plan

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      The enhanced guidance for preparing TAPs is an opportunity to support the new technology framework and the long term vision, shared by Parties to the UNFCCC on the importance of fully realising technology development and transfer in order to improve resilience to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The enhanced guidance for preparing TAPs is designed to assist countries in making informed decisions in their technology choices, and to articulate their own technology actions and formulate appropriate activities.

    • TEC Brief #6- Enhancing access to climate technology financing

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      The increases in global investment that are needed to remain below a global temperature rise of 2 °C are estimated to be of the order of several hundred billion United States dollars (USD) annually between 2010 and 2029 for low-emission power generation technologies and energy efficiency in the buildings, transport and industry sectors (IPCC, 2014). A further USD 28–67 billion per annum is estimated to be needed as additional investment to adapt to climate change in developing countries (UNFCCC, 2008).

    • TEC Brief #8- Facilitating technology deployment in distributed renewable energy generation

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      Distributed small-scale electricity generation from renewable energy sources (distributed renewable electricity generation) has emerged as a technically and financially viable alternative to electricity production from fossil fuels. Distributed renewable electricity generation offers significant promise as a route for decarbonization of the electricity sector, and can help towards achieving the objective of keeping the increase of global average temperature below 2 °C.

    • TEC Brief #4- Technologies for adaptation in the agriculture sector

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      Agriculture represents the single most important sector in the economy of many low-income countries, and 75 per cent of the world’s population is engaged in related activities (UNFCCC, 2006). In acknowledgement of the sector’s vulnerability to climatic impacts (IPCC, 2014), countries have prioritised agriculture as a critical focus for climate change adaptation. Technologies are often highlighted as a crucial resource for ensuring effective adaptation in agriculture.

    • TEC Brief #5- Technologies for adaptation in the water sector

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      Climate change will increase the natural variability of rainfall patterns and is likely to generate more extreme events, such as floods and droughts. These phenomena are expected to have significant effects on water safety and security, altering patterns of availability and distribution, and increasing water contamination (UN Water, 2007). Such changes have caused a multitude of impacts, which, due to future climatic changes, are expected to escalate (IPCC, 2014). Countries have, therefore, prioritised the water sector as a critical area of focus for adaptation, alongside agriculture.

    • TEC Brief #1- Using roadmapping to facilitate the planning and implementation of technologies for mitigation and adaptation

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      Policymakers in developing countries, and other related stakeholders, have at their disposal various planning tools for developing and implementing policies and measures for the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies. One of these tools is technology roadmaps (TRMs). This TEC Brief is aimed at informing national level decision makers in charge of mitigation and adaptation processes about the benefits of using a roadmapping approach in order to facilitate the planning and implementation of technologies.

    • TEC Brief #2- Possible integration of the TNA process with NAMA and NAP processes

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      Policymakers in developing countries, and other related stakeholders, have at their disposal various planning tools for developing and implementing policies and measures for the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs). One of these tools is technology needs assessments (TNAs).