Welcome to the United Nations climate technology website, TT:CLEAR. Established in 2001, the website has a long history in facilitating the development and transfer of climate technologies. Read below to find out how the website can help you!
TT:CLEAR is one of the oldest UN climate change websites, established in 2001.
Today, TT:CLEAR serves as the web platform for all things climate technology. It houses information on the Technology Mechanism, the Technology Executive Committee and Technology Needs Assessments. Visitors can also discover technology projects from around the world, ranging from an intelligent transport system in Bhutan and solar energy plants in Morocco, and find ways to support and connect with the people behind them.
In addition, they can follow climate change technology negotiations, browse through policy recommendations from the Technology Executive Committee, connect with climate solutions via the Climate Technnology Center and Network (CTCN) and participate in climate-related technology events.
An essential component of the Paris Agreement on climate action, climate technology is crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Climate technologies can include “hard” technologies such renewable energy technologies (e.g. wind and solar power) and “soft” technologies, such as energy-efficient practices and training. Climate technology development and transfer to developing countries (hence the “TT” in “TT:CLEAR”) can perform a vital role in the process of information sharing and encouraging collaboration on climate technology projects. Follow the conversation at #climatetech.
To accelerate and scale-up the development and transfer of climate technologies, in 2010 countries established the United Nation's Technology Mechanism. The mechanism consists of two complementary bodies: the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network. Learn more about the Technology Mechanism here.
Created in 2010, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) is the policy arm of the Technology Mechanism. It focuses on identifying policies that can accelerate the development and transfer of low-emission and climate resilient technologies.
National designated entities serve as national focal points for the development and transfer of technologies. They also act as focal points for interacting with the Climate Technology Centre and Network. You can find your country entity here.
Technology needs assessments are a long-standing process under the United Nations. Since 2001, more than 80 developing countries have undertaken them to assess their technology needs to address climate change. Since 2009, the Global Environment Facility and UN Environment, with the cooperation of the UN Climate Change secretariat, have supported developing countries to undertake technology needs assessments. These may be separated into four phases. Phase I commenced in 2009 and lasted until 2013, Phase II began in 2015 and ended in 2018. Phase II was approved by the GEF in 2016 and runs from 2018 until 2020. Phase IV was approved by the GEF in June 2019 and will be carried out from 2020-2022.
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