UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee Reports on Technology Needs Assessments
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The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the 'Guidance on enhanced implementation of the results of technology needs assessments: interim report by the Technology Executive Committee' (FCCC/SB/2015/INF.3).

The report contains recommended improvements to the existing guidance on technology needs assessment (TNA), technology action plans (TAPs) and project ideas for the enhanced implementation of priority technologies for development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

UNFCCC23 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the ‘Guidance on enhanced implementation of the results of technology needs assessments: interim report by the Technology Executive Committee’ (FCCC/SB/2015/INF.3). The report contains recommended improvements to the existing guidance on technology needs assessment (TNA), technology action plans (TAPs) and project ideas for the enhanced implementation of priority technologies for development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The guidance was prepared by the Technological Executive Committee (TEC) following the recognition by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC of the need for improvements to the TNA process to facilitate the implementation of the project ideas emanating from it, and the COP’s request that the TEC should provide relevant guidance on how this can be achieved.

The report reviews: existing non-TNA guidance for preparing prioritized technology options for implementation; existing guidance within the global TNA project for formulating TAPs and project ideas for implementation; and TAPs and project ideas within the global TNA project. It makes several recommendations based on these reviews, including that a “slim” guidance document should be prepared for accelerating the implementation of priority technologies in a TNA and should contain, inter alia, enhanced guidance on how to attract funding for actions in TAPs. It recommends that the improved guidance document should be made available to earlier TNAs (before 2009 and during phase I of the global TNA project) for enhanced implementation of their results.

The report further recommends improving the guidance by: specifying the role of key stakeholders, including identifying actors and specifying their roles; extending the UNFCCC technology portal or the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) Tech-Action portal with lessons learned from the implementation of TAPs and project ideas, success stories and factors for success; and elaborating the potential role and capacity needs of nationally designated entities (NDEs) as contact or focal points in countries, and of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) for supporting the implementation of priority technologies in the countries concerned.

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) will be invited to consider this report during their 43rd sessions taking place in Paris, France, in December 2015, with a view to determining further actions arising from it, as appropriate. [Publication: Guidance on Enhanced Implementation of the Results of Technology Needs Assessments: Interim Report by the Technology Executive Committee]


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