Jan 22, 2018
REC Conference Center
The Paris Agreement was adopted at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The agreement sets the global goal to curb the global temperature rise below 2 °C in comparison with the pre-industrial level, while pursuing efforts for 1.5 °C. The second global objective of the Paris Agreement is to make the world economy carbon-neutral after 2050, i.e. to offset the anthropogenic GHG emissions resulting from the removal of sinks in the second half of this century. Tangible actions against climate change are needed more than ever, and a paradigm shift in world technological development towards low-carbon path is the key to the mitigation process. Article 10 of the Paris Agreement highlights the importance of international cooperation and low carbon technology transfer among various climate change mitigation stakeholders as of utmost importance.
Japan pledged significant carbon reductions in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution. One of the instruments of meeting the INDC pledges is technology transfer to least developed and developing countries, as well as to countries with economies in transition, through the bilateral mechanisms of international cooperation.
Information access is among the barriers that constrain effective technology transfer. Private and public stakeholders often struggle with finding reliable information on suitable low carbon technologies, especially given that we live in a world flooded with gigabytes of unfocused and often biased information. On the other hand, innovative technology companies often have a limited understanding of the specific needs of the countries and their technology transfer priorities.
GreenTechTransfer is a web-based neutral platform where Japanese low-carbon business leaders and innovative start-ups can meet public and private stakeholders from South-East and Eastern European countries to initiate fruitful cooperation related to technology transfer.
This web-based technology transfer platform relies on information provided in the Technology Information Clearing House, but will address shortcomings of the UN portal and target specific audiences in Japan and South-East and Eastern Europe.