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Considering technology within the UN climate change negotiations
Bazilian, M.; Coninck, H.C. de; Radka, M.; Nakhooda, S.; Boyd, W.; MacGill, I.; Amin, A.L.; Malmborg, F. von; Uosukainen, J.; Bradley, R.; Bradley, R.
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 24-11-2008
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--08-077 ECN publication
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The treatment of technology within the UNFCCC negotiation process has moved from a relatively marginal subject to one of central importance, and is likely to be critical to ensuring a successful outcome at COP15. The development, deployment and transfer of low-carbon technologies, and overcoming related investment challenges, is, however, an issue considerably wider than the remit and scope of the UNFCCC. Hence there is a need to understand how cooperative action on technology under the Convention can be most effective. The existing UNFCCC technology framework would need to be significantly refined and augmented in order to appropriately address the scale and pace of the low-carbon technology implementation challenge. This paper considers the contours of an enhanced technology framework that could contribute to a future climate change agreement. In doing so, it synthesises aspects of the relevant literature and creates a link to the decision-making process of the UNFCCC.

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