Technology transfer in the international climate negotiations – the state of play and suggestions for the way forward

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Facilitating the transfer of climate technologies is one of the main elements of the ongoing climate change negotiations. Despite limited progress overall during COP 15 in Copenhagen, clear progress has been made on the issue of technology transfer. Challenging issues remain for future negotiations, but consensus is evident on several important features, including the establishment of a technology mechanism and a new green climate fund. This article assesses the current state of the technology negotiations and draws lessons from experience and the academic literature to provide recommendations for the implementation of these proposed, new institutional mechanisms.

Christiane Gerstetter, Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Berlin; Dominic Marcellino, Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Washington DC; Elena von Sperber, Transatlantic Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Washington DC; corresponding author: Dominic Marcellino, Ecologic Institute, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC, 20009, United States.

The authors wish to thank Stephen Hylden for research assistance. This article is a result of a project on the assessment of proposals on technology transfer in the international climate negotiations, supported by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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