Climate Technology Centre and Network
The United Nations Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) provides tailored advice and assistance for deploying climate-friendly technologies at the request of developing countries, through a global network of partners. The CTCN’s core services are technical assistance, knowledge sharing and collaboration and networking.
Countries are seeking help in sectors such as energy, forestry, agriculture, water, industry, human health and waste management.
The CTCN consists of a centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, a focal point for each country and a worldwide network of members from more than 380 organizations who deliver CTCN services. The network is composed of many types of organizations from academia and research institutes to the private sector (including the financial sector) and civil society.
Canada was a founding member of the CTCN, contributing an initial $2. 5 million to launch it in 2012 and committing another $2.5 million at COP 22 in Marrakesh in November 2016. The recent funding is part of Canada’s $2.65 billion climate finance commitment. Canada participates in the Advisory Board meetings and actively supports the goals of the CTCN.
Canada has established a Canadian focal point (National Designated Entity or NDE) to help connect Canadian clean technology and services expertise to the CTCN and requests from developing country for technical assistance.
The CTCN has a network of members that form a broad community of climate technology stakeholders, including academic, finance, non-government, private sector, public sector, and research entities, as well as over 150 National Designated Entities (CTCN national focal points selected by their countries).
The CTCN actively seeks members from all geographic regions with an array of sectoral experience. Membership is cost-free.
Global visibility: Broaden your global reach by engaging in new technology projects, presenting tutorials or workshops on your field of expertise to peers and stakeholders, and showcasing relevant experience, reports and tools.
Connections: Network with national decision makers, thought leaders and other network members to expand partnership opportunities and learn about emerging activities and best practices.
Commercial opportunities: Pre-qualified access to competitive bidding for the delivery of CTCN technical assistance services to developing countries.
CTCN projects range in value from US$50,000 to US$250,000 and can be a foundation for future scaling up and replication of climate technologies. It is also seeking in-kind expertise that can be shared globally. Past examples include:
- Assessing and identifying technology needs and best practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector – Mauritius.
- Promoting the sustainable use of solar photovoltaic technology - Tanzania.
- Enhancing watershed capacity management – Indonesia.
- Formulating energy efficiency and energy policies and legal and regulatory frameworks – Mongolia and Uganda.
- Piloting the rapid uptake of industrial energy efficiency and efficient water use – Zimbabwe.
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