A way forward for climate technology transfer and sustainable development goals

Whijin Kim, Cholho Song, Sue Kyoung Lee, Gayoung Choi, Rywon Yang, Inhye Bak, Woo Kyun Lee

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The 2015 Paris Agreement, which was a global effort to address climate change and meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), established the Technology Mechanism Initiative as the key to facilitating technology transfer; however, the target SDGs of this initiative have not been identified. This study reviewed technical assistance (TA) project documents of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), an organization under the Technology Mechanism Initiative, to analyze the general status of climate technology implementation, identify the targeted SDGs using sectoral classification, and examine the current national SDG statuses of TA-participating countries. While sectoral classifications have specific relationships with certain goals, SDGs 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry Innovation and Infrastructure), and 13 (Climate Action) were primarily referenced as they focused on energy and cross-sector applications. The evaluations also revealed that countries should prioritize poverty- and food-related SDGs. Therefore, expanding TA contributions to SDGs by better grouping sectoral classifications based on regional and local needs was essential because SDGs were linked to both sector-specific and climate technologies. Thus, a climate technology package based on sectoral classifications was proposed to bridge the gap between SDG attainment and the climate change objectives proposed by the Paris Agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-41
Number of pages13
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Green Technology Center Grant ( C2120203 ), the OJEong Resilience Institute (OJERI) at Korea Universtiy as the Core Research Institute Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) ( NRF-2021R1A6A1A10045235 ), and Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) grant funded by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Grant 22UMRG-C158194-03 )

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  • Climate Technology Centre and Network
  • Climate technology
  • Climate technology package
  • Sustainable Development Goal
  • Technical assistance
  • Technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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