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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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Worldwide

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 #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.

  • 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 #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).

  • TEC Brief #3- Results and Success Factors of TNA's

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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). This TEC Brief is aimed at informing policymakers about the results, success stories and lessons learned of the TNA process, with a view to improving the process and enhancing the implementation of its results.