TECHNOLOGY FRAMEWORK Enabling environment and capacity-building

The CTCN provides support to establish and enhance enabling environments, which encompass institutional arrangements, stakeholder engagement, and appropriate policies and regulatory mechanisms. A mixture of capacity building activities and trainings, facilitation of private sector involvement and information-sharing on climate technology development and transfer is delivered at global, regional, and national levels.

Facilitating endogenous and gender-responsive technologies

Since 2018, the CTCN has collaborated with the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) to provide capacity development and mentoring support to the winners of the Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards programme hosted by the WGC. This included four Training of Trainer workshops on gender-responsive climate finance over the past year. Online mentoring and South-South knowledge sharing meetings were conducted frequently throughout the year for programme participants from 14 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The 2021 Gender Just Climate Solutions Award was launched in June 2021, calling for applications from leading gender-responsive climate initiatives that foster women’s empowerment. Winners receive a small grant, participation at the Awards Ceremony held at COP26, the opportunity to describe their work at numerous COP events, and access to an intensive Upscaling Workshop on advocacy, finance, and technology as well as a year-long mentoring programme to up-scale and replicate their projects.

A recent impact review of the programme found that 70% of the participants were able to access new funding after programme participation, and all were able to replicate or upscale their projects. Overall, the review suggests that including gender as a vital aspect of climate action lays the foundation for multiple transformative benefits.

Developing policies for enabling environments that incentivize investment and technology deployment

Many countries seek policy, legal and regulatory guidance from the CTCN to foster favourable conditions for investment, new markets and scaled up technology deployment. The CTCN recently supported the Governments of Belize and Kenya to develop an integrated and comprehensive agroforestry policy and build the technical capacity of farmers and relevant institutions on agroforestry practices in order to improve agroforestry management and accelerate the adoption of proven practices to ensure enhanced sustainability.

In addition, the Climate Technology Centre & Network developed minimum energy performance standards, labelling for refrigerators, and procurement specifications for distribution transformers in nine southern African countries. The CTCN also created a financial and market-based mechanism proposal. This policy and regulatory guidance will lay the foundations for increased market stimulation and the uptake of energy efficient appliances.

Finally, the National Circular Economy Roadmaps developed by the CTCN were adopted by the Governments of Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay. This collaboration also resulted in the 2021 launch of the Regional Coalition on Circular Economy for Latin America and the Caribbean, composed of several Latin American countries and eight strategic partners. It is the first regional programme in the Americas to coordinate a government-level intervention in the field of circular economy.

Fostering private sector involvement in climate technologies

The CTCN collaborates with to provide technical assistance and capacity development. Approximately 50% of Climate Technology Network members represent the private sector, comprised mostly of small and medium-sized enterprises. These companies benefit not only from the opportunity to be contracted to deliver technical assistance and capacity development by the CTCN, but also from connecting with national decision makers, thought leaders and other Network members to expand partnership possibilities, learn about new markets, and gain greater visibility through the Centre’s global communication and knowledge sharing channels.

In 2019, the CTCN launched its technology clinic programme for SMEs to generate awareness of the green technologies available to businesses and the new markets that can be established through their use. In 2021, the Centre successfully launched a technology clinic for agro-food SMEs in Thailand.

The CTCN also shared its experience engaging with the private sector on climate change adaptation in two workshops organized by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Bangladesh and Vietnam.

In March, a new CTCN article entitled “Public-private partnerships for climate technology transfer and innovation: Lessons from the Climate Technology Centre and Network,” was published in the journal Sustainability to discuss the role of public-private partnerships for climate technology transfer and innovation. The article provides recommendations on enhancing private sector participation in facilitating technology transfer in technical assistance.

Facilitating information-sharing on technology development and transfer

The CTCN web portal,, contains close to 17,000 information resources and can be viewed in six UN languages. Visitors can access climate technology case studies, descriptions, national planning documents, publications, tools, and webinars. The number of visitors to the CTCN website has increased by 58% over the same period in 2020. The most visited web pages included the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator page, technical assistance descriptions, and technology descriptions.

Among the top 50 countries who spend the most time on the web portal, over 40% are LDCs and one-third are small island developing states (SIDS). Africa represents half of users spending the most time on the site, followed by Latin America & the Caribbean and then Asia-Pacific.

Enhancing public awareness on climate technology development and transfer

The CTCN earned more than 35 million media and social media impressions and appeared 826 times in the national and global press. Forty-two newsletters were shared with over 20,000 subscribers.

The CTCN collaborated with its knowledge partner, UNEP-DHI, on a regional technology brief that provides technical information and insights for policymakers on technologies for nature-based solutions targeting water management in the Asia Pacific region. The CTCN also contributed to a publication by the World Economic Forum that proposes an integrated approach for cities to raise ambition and progress towards becoming net zero carbon emitters.

The CTCN was invited to share its experience on the development and transfer of climate technologies at several global events throughout the year, including the Internet Governance Forum, the 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum (APAN), the Vienna Energy Forum and Green Days Africa 2021. These engagements constitute opportunities to further engage with NDEs or Network Members who are also invited to share their experiences. The CTCN was represented in high-level dialogues on environmentally sound technologies at events organised by the World Economic Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization.

Enhancing the capacities of climate technology stakeholders

The CTCN facilitates the provision of information, training, and support to build and strengthen the capacity of developing countries to identify technology options, make choices, and operate, maintain, and adapt technology. As part of this effort, the CTCN strives to support the identification and development of analytical tools, policies, and best practices for country-driven planning to support the dissemination of environmentally sound technologies. It does this through NDE training, webinars and in-person workshops.

Webinars targeting a variety of technology sectors related to adaptation and mitigation strategies are offered throughout the year, often in partnership with Network members. Over the last year, webinars included a focus on financing mechanisms and business models for energy-efficient technologies, and findings and recommendations from technical assistance cases, such as the launch of Jamaica’s multidisciplinary research and technological development agenda.

Since 2018, the CTCN’s Vision to Concept capacity building module has sought to fast-track countries’ NDC implementation by enhancing the skills of project proponents in preparing GCF concept notes and transforming national priorities into concrete project ideas. In 2021, the Vision to Concept module was rolled out in Sudan in collaboration with the NDC Partnership and UDP.

Capacity-building activities are also integral components of technical assistance. For example, a South-South exchange was organized for Belize and Costa Rica, which facilitated collaboration with regional policymakers involved in developing agroforestry policies who are currently responsible for their implementation.