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NDE Invitation: Training on Emerging Digital Technologies for Climate Policy Implementation (25 August deadline)


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Application deadline: 25 August

The UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) invites its National Designated Entities (NDEs) or one of its nominees to attend a five-week interactive online course focusing on blockchain solutions and other emerging technologies for global climate action. The course will take place from end of September to end of October 2021 and is organized together with the Blockchain & Climate Institute (BCI).

Please apply here  by 25 August 2021, in order to participate in this course. As course space is limited , the CTCN will evaluate applications based on technology knowledge and motivation as well as a fair distributions across regions and gender.

Course Summary

This course aspires to introduce participants to blockchain technology and other emerging technologies as well as showcase their practical value in relation to global climate action.

More specifically, the course aims to highlight blockchain as a technology that has the potential to increase efficiency and security, reduce cost and simplify data management in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation. During the course, discussions will be led around real-world problems related to climate change such as renewable energy, deforestation, carbon markets and green finance. Benefits of blockchain technology will also be framed in the context of the Paris Agreement.

The course is a combination of a 2-hour online class which is delivered live once per week, supported by reading material and simple assignments. A virtual forum will be moderated where learners can discuss their ideas and ask questions. Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will receive a certification.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to understand the basic concepts of blockchain technology. They will be able to talk about the value of blockchain and other emerging technologies in relation to climate action to their peers. Additionally, they will also be able to identify technology opportunities in their country context and be able to request relevant support through CTCN technical assistance.

Course Outline

Week 1 - Introduction to Blockchain: Blockchain 101 – Digital currencies overview, blockchain core concepts, types and benefits of blockchains, smart contracts

Week 2 - The Future is Clean Energy: Smart metering, microgrids, energy markets, prosumers, balancing grids, sustainable mining, blockchain against energy poverty

Week 3 - The Future is Green Finance: Finance market places, green bonds, mitigation finance and emerging technologies in practice, asset backed tokens

Week 4 - The Future is Carbon Neutral: Networked carbon markets, trading of carbon units, carbon accounting, carbon offsets, adaptation finance, parametric insurance

Week 5 - Emerging Technologies and The Road Ahead: Interoperability, blockchain-as-a-service, blockchain governance, regulatory sandboxes, roadmap to implementation

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