24 November 2010 | Washington, DC, United States
Climate Innovation Centres: A New Way to Foster Climate Technologies in the Developing World, was commissioned by infoDev in collaboration with DFID and UNIDO to develop practical recommendations on the design of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs)
Climate Innovation Centres: A New Way to Foster Climate Technologies in the Developing World
Accelerating innovation in emerging technologies is essential to help reduce the current and long-term impacts of climate change. However developing countries, which are most immediately threatened by these impacts, lag in their capacity to transfer, develop and deploy innovative climate technologies.
Climate Innovation Centres: A New Way to Foster Climate Technologies in the Developing World explores how Climate Innovation Centres (CICs) can help developing countries accelerate the deployment of climate technologies, companies and industries by:
- Providing an inventory of existing relevant support organizations, including incubators, centres of excellence, multilateral programmes,
- Analysing exsisting centers by geography, technology, innovation, and climate focus;
- Identifying the gaps in the existing institutional capacity
- Exploring the early stage financing landscape for climate technologies;
- Providing detailed advice about the design of CICs and their development as a global network.
Summary: Conclusions and Recommendations
Detailed Case Studies:
- Baoding New & High Tech Industrial Development Zone, China
- UNIDO-UNEP Cleaner Production Programme
- CIETEC, Brazil,
- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
- NVI, India
The report identifies a number of lessons about design and implementation of CICs.
- Climate technology innovation is vital to address climate change, meet growing energy needs, and advance sustainable economic development.
- The barriers to climate technology innovation in developing countries are more numerous and more challenging than those in the developed world.
- There is a critical need to enhance support for locally relevant climate technology innovation in developing countries.
- While there are up to 70 institutions globally that support climate innovation, their geographical distribution is patchy, their technical focus biased towards mitigation rather than adaptation, and there are large gaps in the services they provide compared with what is needed.
- Although the design of each CIC will need to reflect local conditions to have the greatest chance of success, common functional areas will include: facilitating technology development and demonstration; helping develop markets; providing support services to firms; enhancing access to finance; assisting in the development of appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks; and coordination, networking, and capacity-building.
- Some countries and regions may not have the capabilities or resources to create a successful CIC without significant external help. There may be countries where CICs are only viable as part of a combined regional effort.
- CICs should concentrate resources and expertise by specializing in the technologies most appropriate to local conditions rather than spreading their efforts too thinly.
- CICs could be developed individually, but there is much greater benefit in building a network of connected centres.