Director’s Overview

Dr. Rose Mwebaza

The reality, as confirmed by the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, is stark and clear. We are at the tipping point on climate change. Technology will be a critical factor in reversing some of the worst impacts of climate change going forward, as well as a critical enabler in achieving net-zero emissions goals.

Net-zero emission goals are indeed important to reach the long-term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement. The recent increase in net-zero commitments by both countries and non-state actors is encouraging. However, these commitments and their associated targets must be robust and rigorous, consider all greenhouse gases, and build on a foundation of ambitious shorter-term targets. Importantly, they must not preclude ambitious immediate mitigation action. Fortunately, technology is our ally in this battle, as it will help to foster the shifts that are needed.

In this Progress Report, we would like to share with you the trends in climate technology demand that we witnessed in 2021 and the outcomes of our efforts to implement the five themes of the Technology Framework under the Paris Agreement. This year, the Climate Technology Centre & Network served over 50 countries, providing support for implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions, Technology Needs Assessments, Technology Action Plans, and other diverse technical assistance requests on water, agriculture, circular economy, early warning systems and vulnerability assessments, e-mobility, sustainable cities, waste management, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Our versatility enables our support to countries across a spectrum of assistance types, ranging from decision-making tools and feasibility assessments to financing facilitation, research and development, piloting and deployment of technologies, sectoral roadmaps and strategies, and recommendations for law, policy, and regulations.

This year, we have facilitated a wide range of innovations and fruitful collaborations, including providing training to our NDEs on blockchain technologies; continuing our important work on gender and technology with the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency, fostering endogenous technology development through the Youth Climate Innovation Labs, and by helping countries to prepare Green Climate Fund (GCF) technology readiness proposals.

I am pleased to report positive trends in our donor engagement, our growing network, and the successful implementation of technical assistance. In the climate community, there is always a great focus on finance—and rightfully so, as it is crucial to the work we do for member states. We must remember, though, that for financing to be transformational, it must support massive technology deployment and acceleration, underpinned by the enabling environments that make meaningful change possible.

The countries we serve continue to face significant challenges, and we must meet the moment, serving their ambition and empowering them to overcome the ever-increasing impacts of climate change that surround us. The CTCN is ready to provide leadership during these precarious times, and we remain confident that technology holds the key to solutions on all levels.

I am pleased to share the CTCN’s 2021 annual Progress Report, presenting the CTCN’s contribution to global climate action over the last year while giving us a glimpse at the direction we are headed for the next year and beyond.

Dr. Rose Mwebaza
CTCN Director