As the EHA, as network partner of the UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN, see photo)),  is finalizing its contribution to the  first CTCN Technical Assistance action of Brazil and the first on Hydrogen, the need to accelerate the engagement of emerging economies to rapidly integrate hydrogen in several sectors of their economies becomes urgent. The last FCH  JU call includes the following reference “Collaboration with developing world countries supported by the UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN),  is also encouraged.” The question remain how?

As Germany is phasing out its coal plants by 2038 since last week publication what does the developed world exactly have to offer on insight in accelerating the integration of new climate happy technologies?  The CTCN Technical Assistance program with its 137 currently running projects, has proofed an excellent instrument to introduce the concept and potential of the use of hydrogen in greening industrial, electrical and transport sectors in emerging economies. Mobilizing its Network of National Designated Entities of technical experts appointed by their governents, the CTCN provides seed funding to  facilitate visits to key events or  industrial locations to gather first hand information of the latest developments in the climate technologies sector.

The last COP24 “encourages the CTCN to enhance its engagement with the Green Climate Fund with respect to utilizing the Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme and the Project Preparation Facility”. It also ” encourages the enhanced engagement of the CTCN  with the Green Climate Fund, including through the strengthening of the collaboration between national designated authorities for the Green Climate Fund and national designated entities for technology development and transfer”.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. It was set up by the 194 countries who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010, as part of the Convention’s financial mechanism. It aims to deliver equal amounts of funding to mitigation and adaptation, while being guided by the Convention’s principles and provisions. It has set a goal of $100 bln of annual funding as of 2020.

As a follow up of the first experiences with the Techncial Assistance for Brazil the EHA is exploring the utilization of EU funding under the new Horizon Europe, FCHJU program and the Green Climate Fund to enhance the support for developing countries to stay up to speed with FCH developments and potential solutions for their countries.