CRIBs (Climate Relevant Innovation-system Builders): policy recommendations on fostering national systems of innovation under the UNFCCC

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Ockwell, David ; Byrne, Robert (2014)
  • Publisher: The STEPS Centre

National systems of innovation (NSIs) provide the context within which all processes of technology development, transfer and uptake occur - they refer to the network of actors (e.g. firms, universities, research institutes, government departments, NGOs) within which innovation occurs, and the strength and nature of the relationships between them. Nurturing NSIs in relation to climate technologies provides a powerful new focus for international policy with potential to underpin more sustained and widespread development and transfer of climate technologies. This working paper builds on an invited presentation by one of the authors at a workshop on NSIs convened by the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It identifies policy recommendations for consideration of the TEC. The intention is both to inform possible recommendations by the TEC to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) and to highlight potential areas for future work that the TEC could undertake on this issue.
  • References (5)

    1. The project 'Pilot Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Network and Finance Center', which is being implemented with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNEP.

    2. The project 'Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change' by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

    3. The project 'Pilot African Climate Technology Finance Center and Network' by the African Development Bank (AfDB) (which includes regional partners who are part of the CTCN consortium).

    4. The regional project 'Climate Technology Transfer Mechanisms and Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)' by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) (which is currently in preparation; again, with regional partners who are part of the CTCN consortium).

    Leach, M., Scoones, I. and Stirling, A. (2010) 'Governing epidemics in an age of complexity: Narratives, politics and pathways to sustainability', Global Environmental Change - Human and Policy Dimensions 20: 369-377

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