At the UNFCCC COP13, the Parties requested the GEF to develop a program to promote investment in technology transfer. Its objective was to help developing countries adopt environmentally sound technologies.
In November 2008, the Strategic Program on Technology Transfer was discussed and approved by the GEF Council and the LDCF/SCCF Council. The UNFCCC COP14 welcomed the GEF’s Strategic Program on Technology Transfer, renaming it to the Poznan Strategic Program on Technology Transfer. It further requested the GEF to consider the program's long-term implementation.
GEF's Technology Transfer Process
GEF supports technology transfer to developing countries, as they move towards a low-carbon development path, following the following process.
- GEF supports developing countries need to identify what technologies are needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This is done through an assessment called Technology Needs Assessment (TNA).
- Once the TNA is completed, GEF finances pilot projects to realize the deployment, diffusion, and transfer of the technologies.
- The GEF also shares experience and environmentally sound technologies that have been successfully demonstrated.
- In the long-term implementation of the Poznan Program, GEF has the following roles:
- Support for Climate Technology Centers and a Climate Technology Network;
- Piloting Priority Technology Projects to Foster Innovation and Investments;
- Private Public Partnership for Tech Transfer;
- Technology Needs Assessment;
- GEF as a Catalytic Supporting Institution for Tech Transfer.
Documents summarizing the most up to date progress on the implementation of the Poznan Strategic Program on Technology Transfer are regularly reported to Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Conference of the Parties (COP). For detailed information on the updates, please refer to the GEF reports to COP and SBI.
GEF at May 2017 Bonn Climate Change Conference
The Bonn Climate Change Conference consisted of the forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46), as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3).
The GEF organized and held the side event, "Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer: innovative financing schemes of the Regional Technology and Financing Centres" during the Bonn Climate Change Conference May 2017 (SBSTA 46, SBI 46, APA 1-3). The objective of the event was to share the experiences and lessons learned from projects and to provide inputs to an update of the evaluation of the Poznan Programme. The speakers included Mr. Duarte da Silva, Asia Climate Partners (ACP); Mr. Abhilash Thirupathy, Gold Farm; Ms. Astrid Motta, EBRD; Mr. Boris Crivoi, JV Glass Container Company JSC; and Ms. Elfriede-Anna More, Technology Executive Committee (TEC).
Follow the link on the right to see more information on the GEF side event, as well as presentations made by the speakers.