Throughout the last year, countries reviewed and updated their Nationally Determined Contributions in order to enhance ambition and fast-track their implementation by strengthening in-country technical expertise and capacity building. They have also sought CTCN assistance to fulfil the implementation of their NDCs, including the development of technology roadmaps intended to serve as pathways for developing the policies, regulations, incentives, and skills necessary to achieving climate change goals in high-impact sectors.

In addition to the Technology Mechanism’s joint work on technology and NDCs to stimulate the uptake of technologies, the CTCN collaborated with its Network member, the University of Michigan, to conduct an in-depth analysis of technology needs identified in updated NDC submissions. As part of the collaboration, an interactive online tool was developed to demonstrate stated technology needs by country and region.

Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, countries’ technical assistance requests to the CTCN have aligned strongly with the goals and technologies reflected in NDCs. Priority areas for both include agriculture, energy-efficiency, water, climate observation and early warning, infrastructure, urban planning, and renewable energy. Technical assistance requests are increasingly cross-sectoral in nature, revealing an interesting focus on technologies such as solar-powered irrigation for agriculture, which bestows a multitude of benefits, including reduced GHG emissions, increased resilience for agriculture, and food security in the wake of climate-induced water scarcity, while also providing benefits to women.

This year, developing countries demonstrated an increased demand for nature-based solutions related to water and agriculture, alongside a steady drive to accelerate the energy transition with renewable energy, circular economy strategies, and sustainable cities. Interest in digital transformation is also picking up steam, permeating all sectors and creating opportunities to revolutionize how we address climate change.