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An exploration of options and functions of climate technology centres and networks
Coninck, H.C. de; W├╝rtenberger, L.; Cochran, J.; Cox, S.; Benioff, R.
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 9-12-2010
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-O--10-042 Other
Number of pages: Full text:
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This paper responds to a request to UNEP from the UNFCCC Expert Group on Technology Transfer to examine operational modalities for climate technology centres and networks. The paper first discusses possible dimensions for the climate technology centre and network, and it reviews a number of existing networks and centres. It then distinguishes five options for the organizational structure and describes potential operational characteristics for each of these options. All options examined seek to build from existing climate and non-climate-related public and private technology centres, networks, and initiatives. Consistent with the UNFCCC negotiating text and draft technology decision, the paper evaluates potential implementation options and outcomes for each of the functions tentatively assigned to the climate technology centre and network, as well as selected functions of the technology executive committee. Approaches are offered for integrating delivery of these functions through coordinated programmes, and hypothetical examples are given to explain how the technology mechanism might add value in practice. The options presented in this paper are not an exhaustive treatment of potential structures or implementation approaches, and other approaches can be considered.

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