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Asia-Pacific GHG mitigating centre set up

11th June 2012

Climate research centre backed by ADB and UNEP will help Asian and Pacific countries develop technologies designed to decouple growth from polluting industries

Global Environment Facility (GEF) will invest USD 11 million in new climate research centre

A new Climate Technology Network will be set up to generate investments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 12 million tons of carbon dioxide in next 10 years in Asia and the Pacific region.

The new Climate Technology Network and Finance Center will expand the availability of low-carbon and climate-resilient technologies in Asia and the Pacific with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with core funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

“The countries of Asia and the Pacific need to rapidly deploy new technologies capable of decoupling their growth from high emissions of greenhouse gases, and they need to build their resilience to climate change impacts,” said S. Chander, Director-General of ADB’s Regional and Sustainable Development Department.

The centre will be set up in Manila, Philippines, and be managed by ADB, while the climate technology network secretariat will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, managed by UNEP.

The new centre will help mobilise financing for clean technology by folding technology considerations into national investment plans and strategies, and by piloting innovative financing mechanisms. The network, meanwhile, will provide complementary technical support and policy advice and be a forum for knowledge sharing.

A pilot technology marketplace to spur transactions in climate-friendly technologies will also be established.

Asia and the Pacific is the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, with emissions from the energy sector alone up 183 per cent since 1990, and has more people at risk who live in the region’s coastal cities, and in rural areas where livelihoods are heavily dependent on agriculture and other climate-sensitive sectors.

GEF is providing a grant of roughly USD 11 million to support the centre. "The project shows GEF's commitment to technology transfer and innovative approaches that encompass both mitigation and adaptation.

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