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Long-Term Implementation of the Poznan Strategic Program

Progress achieved under the Poznan Strategic Program on Technology Transfer, particularly in the development of pilot projects and TNAs, has highlighted the need to go beyond current practices to catalyze investments in technology transfer.

At the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, the parties requested the GEF to consider the long-term implementation of the strategic program. (Decision 2/CP.14 of the COP to the UNFCCC) The GEF Secretariat has established the following elements to further scale up investment in ESTs in developing countries and to enhance technology transfer activities under the Convention.

1.       Support for Climate Technology Centers and a Climate Technology Network

GEF is well positioned and ready to support technology centers and networks at the global, regional, and national levels. In December 2011, a regional pilot project titled Pilot Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Network and Finance Center was submitted by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNEP for CEO endorsement and is undergoing revision.

2.       Piloting Priority Technology Projects to Foster Innovation and Investments

The GEF will step up its efforts in promoting the demonstration, deployment and transfer of technologies for both mitigation and adaptation. For mitigation, the GEF will target piloting of low-carbon, innovative options as well as projects for wider deployment and diffusion of commercially viable technologies. In order to further enhance adaptation-relevant technology transfer, the GEF plans to launch the Adaptation Technology Transfer Program under its Long-Term Program, subject to donor contributions to Window B of the SCCF.

Global, regional and country specific projects are approved to promote the demonstration, deployment, and transfer of innovative low-carbon technologies. In addition, a number of projects that address market transformation in energy efficiency, investments in renewable energy, low-carbon transport urban systems, and conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks through sustainable management of land use, land-use change, and forestry have been approved.

3.       Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for Technology Transfer

PPP Programs aims to support businesses that seek to commercialize or scale-up ESTs in developing countries. The GEF Council approved the private sector strategy in November 2011. The GEF Secretariat has developed operational modalities for the private sector engagement. One or more PPP Program proposals are expected to be presented in June 2012.

4.       Technology Needs Assessment (TNAs)

The GEF is funding the preparations and updating of TNAs, especially for countries that have not been supported for TNAs from GEF-4, in accordance with the Convention guidance.  GEF is ready to support additional TNAs focusing on small and medium income countries, taking into consideration the lessons learned from the ongoing Poznan-supported TNA projects.

5.       GEF as a Catalytic Supporting Institution for Technology Transfer

GEF participated in key international discussions to support the development of technology transfer initiatives. Some of the latest meetings include:
-COP 17 side event on GEF “GEF Innovations and Technology Transfer”
-COP 17 side event on TNAs “Technology Needs Assessment Progress”
- COP17 Joint SBI/SBSTA Forum on the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures
-Technology Mechanism-related meeting

GEF reports its progress on the implementation of the Poznan Strategic Program to the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). Further information on the progress report to the SBI.