Technology Transfer for Climate Change

Climate Action Network – New Submission on Technology Framework at UNFCCC

The Climate Action Network just put out a submission on the development of the new technology framework at the UNFCCC.  It’s available here:

In the Paris Agreement parties agreed that a new Technology Framework was needed to consolidate the current work and provide further guidance to the technology institutions and parties of the UNFCCC.  Specifically, the Decision adopting the Paris Agreement (1/CP.21) states:

  1. Requests the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice to initiate, at its forty-fourth session (May 2016), the elaboration of the technology framework established under Article 10, paragraph 4, of the Agreement and to report on its findings to the Conference of the Parties, with a view to the Conference of the Parties making a recommendation […] for consideration and adoption at its first session, taking into consideration that the framework should facilitate, inter alia: (a) The undertaking and updating of technology needs assessments, as well as the enhanced implementation of their results, particularly technology action plans and project ideas, through the preparation of bankable projects; (b) The provision of enhanced financial and technical support for the implementation of the results of the technology needs assessments; (c) The assessment of technologies that are ready for transfer; (d) The enhancement of enabling environments for and the addressing of barriers to the development and transfer of socially and environmentally sound technologies;

as always, the work of the SBSTA has been delayed, and nothing was adopted at the 2016 Marrakesh COP.  I hope and believe that it will be adopted at the 2017 COP and parties have made submissions (available at: on what they think should be involved, as have NGO observers.  Setting aside my real worry that by failing to put forward a proposal text themselves, the African group that first proposed this has left themselves at the mercy of the secretariat and the snowballing of input gathering, I think CAN has put forward a really strong contribution to the thinking about technology at the UNFCCC.

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The US-China Clean Energy Research Center’s Intellectual Property Management Framework – A model for the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism?
July 8, 2015, 02:30
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Joint research and development (R&D) is seen as a major element and panacea for rebuilding trust between countries in the UNFCCC regarding intellectual property and for addressing the difficult issues between emerging economies (read: China) and other developed economies.  The issue is especially fraught between the US and China and yet US-China bilateral cooperation on climate mitigation technology is deep and ongoing, especially through the Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC).

The projects under the CERC are run under national consortia collaborating across borders, so that benefits may be shared across all national actors. Funding for research is purely nationally based (each funds own participants and contributes own funds to joint research), so there is no cross-subsidization unless otherwise agreed. The CERC agreement very clearly outlines the intellectual property framework for managing the research produced under the projects and work plan (See This is controlled by the CERC protocol and the attached IP Annex. (See

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What I’m doing
March 16, 2010, 11:34
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This is a blog focused on my work and research on the relationship between Climate Change, Technology and Intellectual Property.  I’ve been an advocate for developing countries and environment for the past 10 years and now I hope to be able to add a new layer to my experience and work on this issue.  Some of you who read this blog will be familiar with my work at CIEL (where I am now Counsellor on Trade and Sustainable Development) and with the Climate Action Network, where  I co-chair the Technology Working Group, and others will be new to it. I am an Assistant Professor of International Economic Law (Intellectual Property) at Maastricht University Faculty of Law teaching Intellectual Property and I am also Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. This blog is meant to begin to disseminate some of the results of my research on intellectual property, technology transfer and climate change and to generate discussion on further issues and research and the right policy interventions in the UNFCCC and other climate and technology negotiation venues.
Dyebo Shabalala