The United Nations released stories of successful and concrete examples of developing countries deploying climate technologies to help them mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
“Technological innovation is central to low-emission and climate-resilient development throughout the world,” said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, underscoring its importance in meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which is to hold the global average temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era.”
Through the use of Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) developing countries can identify the climate technology they need, and they then create the technology for concrete application on the ground.
The UN article cites two countries- Ghana and Armenia, who have benefitted from climate technologies with financial support and funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other financial institutions.
In Ghana, their use of the ‘Integrated Climate Monitoring and Early Warning System’ has increased their climate resilience against drought and help their agriculture and water sectors adapt to increasing climate variability.
Armenia’s buildings are facing unsustainable energy use, 24% of its emissions are from its energy consumption, and half of its electricity source is from imported fossil fuels. Through the country’s TNA, they have identified energy efficiency as a high priority to reduce their emissions and dependence of fossil fuels.
Continuing climate change conferences are great avenues for all countries to come together and learn how climate change is affecting them, share learnings, what works, and innovations that can be replicated by other countries facing the same issues.
And with support available from climate funding entities and the United Nations, developing countries who are disproportionately impacted by climate change can access the support they need to fight back and be resilient from climate change.