Explained: The Climate Technologies Progress in 2022

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There is a need for more systematic analytical interrogation into technology “progress” that reflects on local experiences, spillovers, and outcomes beyond facts and descriptions. At the same time, more systematic data collection and knowledge-sharing are lacking across countries for mitigation technologies, especially for adaptation technologies, and are thus sorely needed.

 New Delhi (ABC Live): The UAE city Dubai is currently hosting COP28, an annual global gathering to discuss the climate agenda.

As per UNFCCC released documents there are following Topics of COP 28 with aim to limit global warming to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels by 2050.

1. Adaptation and resilience

2. Capacity-building

3. Climate Finance

4. Climate Technology

5. Cooperative activities and SDGs

6. Education & Youth

7. Gender

8. Global Stocktake

9. Innovation

10. Land Use

11. Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

12. Market and Non-Market Mechanisms

13. Mitigation

14. Pre-2020 Ambition and Implementation

15. Science

16. The Ocean

The ABC Research team working on Climate change considered Climate Technology as a crucial vehicle to achieve the mandated goal by the Paris Agreement therefore refers a curtains raiser information on Climate Technology.

What are climate technologies?

Technologies that we use to address climate change are known as climate technologies. Climate technologies that help us reduce GHGs include renewable energies such as wind energy, solar power, and hydropower. To adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, we use climate technologies such as drought-resistant crops, early warning systems, and sea walls. There are also ‘soft’ climate technologies, such as energy-efficient practices or training for using equipment.

How Climate Technology Supports the Paris Agreement? 

 Article 10, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement established the Climate Technology Framework. The framework provides overarching guidance to the work of the Technology Mechanism in promoting and facilitating enhanced action on technology development and transfer to support the implementation of the Agreement in pursuit of the long-term vision of technology development and transfer referred to in Article 10, paragraph 1.

 The Climate Technology Progress Report 2022 published by UNFCCC concluded as under;

1. While climate technology diffusion has progressed significantly in many African countries, overall there remain large disparities between countries in their ability to deploy technology to meet their climate goals. Efforts to support and accelerate climate technology action in Africa, therefore, must take these differences into account.

2. Data on technology development and transfer is more available for some sectors, technologies, and regions than for others but generally data remains sparse and sporadic.

3. Within mitigation technologies, we see some level of data consistency and availability in some countries, whereas in adaptation technologies, data availability is far less systematic and consistent.

4. There is an important intersection between climate action and development needs where major developmental issues, including access, equitable development, and distributional aspects, need to be addressed alongside the implementation of climate technologies. Addressing the tensions between climate action and development priorities as well as maximizing synergies among them will likely be key to continued and accelerated action towards climate technology progress in the African context (and indeed, more broadly, in other developing countries).

5. There are a wide range of international and national actors involved in technology development and transfer, but they often seem to be operating independent programmes focused on implementing a specific activity, project, or programme by that particular entity. Greater coordination and synergy among the relevant international and national actors, driven by a focus on an issue- or needs-driven approach, will likely enhance the effectiveness of climate action as well as the efficient use of resources.

6. There is a need for more systematic analytical interrogation into technology “progress” that reflects on local experiences, spillovers, and outcomes beyond facts and descriptions. At the same time, more systematic data collection and knowledge-sharing are lacking across countries for mitigation technologies, especially for adaptation technologies, and are thus sorely needed.

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