Technology, Markets and Investment for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Development (TEMARIN)

Creating or strengthening markets for low-carbon and climate resilient technologies in Kenya and Uganda

In order to secure investment in low-carbon and climate resilient technologies functioning markets must exist. Where these markets do not exist they must be created and where they are weak, or nascent, they must be strengthened and expanded. Achieving that requires both supply-push and demand-pull actions, involving leadership from governments in the form of clear policies, legal frameworks, incentives and regulations. However, such ‘enabling frameworks’ for investment often require targeted support from development partners, in the form of financial and technical assistance, and by actively connecting private business leaders with Government-led and donor-backed forums, to communicate and help ‘de-risk’ new commercial opportunities.

Since 2010, UNEP DTU has provided technical assistance to approx. 60 counties implementing Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs), mandated by the UNFCCC, which goes some of the way to creating or strengthening the markets. However, more targeted work is needed.  The TEMARIN project fills this need by obtaining a deeper understanding, in partnership with relevant in-country actors, of the specific market and regulatory conditions, and converting this into actionable recommendations in two TNA counties (Kenya and Uganda, both Danida priority countries). Against this background, the aim of the project is two-fold: 1) to strengthen national Technology Action Plans (TAPs) for climate change and spur new technology transfer partnerships in developing countries and 2) to support local access to and upgrading in clean energy value chains. The project thus aims to support the upscaling of technology transfer as well as to ensure that local economies reap the benefits from these investments.

Specifically, TEMARIN will:

  • Conduct in-depth analysis of the mechanisms for market creation, including the role and importance of global partnerships for technology transfer and diffusion. These analytical insights will be converted into recommendations, fed into decision making processes (to affect the enabling framework) and used to facilitate new partnerships
  • Understand how local private companies can increase their share of the global value chain for specific climate technologies – and support them in doing so – in order to maximise local job creation and reduce investment project costs. Recommendations regarding these opportunities will be fed into both public and private sector decision making processes.

This is a 3 year project, starting in early 2019, is funded by Danida and operates in support of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) #7, #8  #9 and #13.

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Focus area: Business Models and Markets, Developing private sector analysis and business plans

Country / Region: Kenya, Uganda

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