The UNFCCC launched the Technology Mechanism’s first joint work program for 2023-2027, solidifying a long-term collaboration between the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) to increase the impact of the Technology Mechanism. The market launch is followed by a dialogue with innovation leaders.
The joint work program will focus on “high potential sectors and actions” in water, energy, food, industry and other systems.
During the November 9 launch event at the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27), Daniele Violetti, UNFCCC Secretariat, emphasized that innovation is key to increasing energy efficiency, decarbonizing industry and enhancing public-private partnerships (PPP) is. Omedi Moses Jura, CTCN, said climate innovation labs in Africa, Latin America and other regions are investigating how to develop and scale up innovative thinking on climate solutions. Ambrosio Yobanolo del Real, Chair of the TEC, noted the TEC’s engagement with state and non-state actors to establish national innovation systems.
Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Foundation, emphasized in his keynote that climate protection is too often wrongly seen as damaging to economic growth. He recalled circumnavigating the world in the all-solar-powered Solar Impulse and how the world that flew beneath the plane had lived in the past and still relied on wasteful technology and energy systems.
A panel discussion on the importance and dynamics of innovation, focusing on:
- Transformations required for the transition to clean energy and sustainable development, such as “deep demonstrations” that create amplifying cycles of progress by finding and making connections between things like forests, buildings, carbon sinks, health and urban planning to create integrated solutions ;
- technological interventions related to adaptation to local conditions; and
- Efficiency as a key element in saving the planet and money that can then be reinvested in innovative and efficient technologies.
The event was organized by the TEC and the CTCN.
There was also an event on the Small Grants Program (SGP) of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The SGP, which celebrates 30 years of empowering civil society and local communities to address environmental and sustainable development issues, has more than $720 million in funding for over 27,000 community-based projects in 136 countries provided.
That Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) reports on selected side events of the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference in Egypt, which runs until November 18, 2022.