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Upcoming conference on tracking the adoption of sustainable climate technologies and improving the policy environment, June 2015

The increased deployment of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other low-carbon and climate technologies can bring a range of valuable benefits, including: more effective management of natural resources, enhanced national energy security and, reduced local air pollution and related health benefits. It can also contribute to stimulate sustainable economic development and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

To address the growing need for sustainable climate technology, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has set up its Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change (FINTECC) which is supporting climate technology transfer to markets where these technologies have low penetration.

FINTECC and the International Energy Agency (IEA), in collaboration with FAO and with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, are holding a workshop for national experts and stakeholders from Early Transition Countries-ETC, and countries in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean-SEMED region on 15-16 June in Istanbul, Turkey. The technical workshop will be attended by more than sixty participants including Government officials from countries in the two regions and experts from international organizations. During the workshop, participants will discuss the means of catalyzing the market for low-carbon technologies in the two regions, and the development of capabilities for collecting and assessing data on market penetration and potential.

On the occasion of the workshop, the FAO Investment Centre Division and the EBRD Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Division will take the opportunity to present a draft methodology for tracking the penetration of key sustainable climate technologies in the agrifood sector. Feedback received from this workshop will be considered in the finalization of the final methodology and a pilot will be implemented in Morocco later this year.

Accelerating the deployment of low-carbon technologies is contingent on policies that facilitate innovation and relieve barriers to implementation. In many countries, including those that are the target of this workshop, the uptake of such technologies may sometimes be hindered by a range of barriers, such as: (i) the need for enhanced policy and regulatory frameworks; (ii) capacity constraints; (iii) a lack of reliable baseline information on market penetration and potentials; and (v) limited access to clean energy and climate technology investment opportunities.

On 15 June, discussions will focus on policies for supporting deployment of low-carbon technologies. The four sessions will: (i) launch an IEA Insights paper, which considers policies and enabling conditions for stimulating the deployment of Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficient (EE) technologies; (ii) provide an overview of the intersection of water and agricultural efficiency with energy issues and discuss policies for a more resource efficient agrifood sector; (iii) present direct examples from the perspective of development institutions and investors of the types of policies that can facilitate investment into climate technologies in the regions; and (iv) gather information from regional stakeholders to assist in determining current market status and ability to absorb the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

On 16 June, discussions will be held dedicated to assessing the market penetration of low-carbon technologies and discuss ongoing studies by IEA, EBRD and FAO. The sessions will: (i) provide a rationale for how an assessment of the market readiness for energy technology can be aided by the systematic collection and analysis of data and indicators; (ii) showcase an ongoing FAO/EBRD project on the development of a methodology to track market penetration for key sustainable climate technologies in the agrifood sector; (iii) provide an understanding of specific elements of the IEA RE and EE methodologies, with inputs on the agrifood sector from the FAO.

The workshop will be held in the Dedeman Istanbul Hotel, Yildiz Posta Caddesi. No: 48 Esentepe 34340.

This event is by invitation only. For further information regarding the event, please contact TechPlatform@iea.org.

For more information regarding FAO/EBRD collaborative work on climate technologies, please contact Arianna Carita at arianna.carita@fao.org. The EBRD’s FINTECC programme is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF).

For more information on FINTECC, click here

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