The first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee
(TEC) was held on 1–3 September 2011 in Bonn. The Technology Executive Committee is the policy arm of
the Technology Mechanism, established at
last year’s Climate Change Conference in Cancun to help deploy the technology that developing countries
need to plan and build their own low-carbon and climate-resilient futures.
The TEC is designed to lay the groundwork so that the Technology Mechanism can be fully operationalized in
Aside from the Technology Executive Committee, the Technology Mechanism will also comprise the Climate Technology Centre and Network, which is the
mechanism’s implementation arm.
Key role of technology development and transfer
Opening the Bonn meeting, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres underlined the essential role of the
TEC within the Technology Mechanism, and added that technology development and transfer is key to shifting
the global economy onto a green pathway.
Patricia Espinosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico and President of the Conference of Parties,
delivered a video message to the meeting, in which she described the establishment of the Technology
Mechanism at COP 16 in Cancun as a historical moment, and
said that the TEC is expected to help Parties step up the impact, pace and quality of technology actions
needed to address climate change.
The TEC members unanimously elected Mr. Gabriel Blanco from Argentina as Chair, and Mr. Antonio Pflueger from
Germany as Vice-Chair for 2011-2012, giving them the mandate to collaborate closely in chairing the meetings
and in executing work throughout the year.
Engagement of stakeholders
During the Bonn meeting, the TEC
elaborated ways to engage a wide range of stakeholders at international, regional and national level,
including public institutions, the business community, academia and NGOs.
The Committee also discussed options for the engagement of stakeholders, including through participation in
the TEC meetings as observers or expert advisers, where applicable. This means that there are opportunities
for stakeholder engagement in the work of the Committee, and stakeholders will be informed how to engage in
time for the next steps on the road to an operational Technology Mechanism in 2012.
Members of the TEC expressed their views that the Committee should be able to provide Parties with expert
advice on their strategies and policies, and that any guidance and advice given should be based on the
perspective of developing countries.
Furthermore, it was agreed that the work of the TEC should include: providing policy guidance; analyzing
technology and capacity building needs; developing benchmarks on energy and fuel efficiencies to improve
standards in developing countries; and advising on the development of national low-carbon strategies and
Christiana Figueres praised the “very good progress” made at the meeting, and stressed that the
goal of the Technology Mechanism could only be achieved through a wider and deeper collaboration among all
countries with the active engagement of relevant stakeholders, including the research community, academia
and, importantly, the private sector.
The TEC members agreed that their next meeting would take place in early 2012.