About TNA

Project Background

Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) are a set of country-driven activities that identify and determine the mitigation and adaptation technology priorities of countries. TNAs are central to the work of Parties to the Convention (art. 4.5 UNFCCC). They present a unique opportunity for countries to track their needs for new equipment, techniques, services, capacities and skills necessary to mitigate GHG emissions and reduce the vulnerability of sectors and livelihoods to climate change. TNA development is a key component of the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer, supported by the GEF.

UNEP, on behalf of the GEF, is implementing TNAs, with the objective of going beyond the identification of technology needs. Specifically, the TNAs facilitated the development of national Technology Action Plans (TAPs) that prioritised technologies, recommended enabling frameworks for the diffusion of these technologies and facilitated the identification of technology transfer projects and their links to relevant financing sources. Importantly, the TAPs systematically address practical actions necessary to reduce or remove policy, finance and technology related barriers to the uptake and scaling up of investment in low-carbon and climate resilient technologies.

UNEP DTIE in collaboration with the UNEP DTU Partnership (formerly UNEP Risø Centre) provided targeted financial, technical and methodological support to assist 36 countries in Africa and the Middle East, Asia and CIS, and Latin America and the Caribbean to conduct TNAs, between 2010 and 2013. Starting in late 2014, UNEP and UNEP DTU Partnership is providing similar support to a second phase of 25 new countries, also funded by the GEF.




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