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Technology Transfer Deal Likely in Cancun, but Nitty Gritty Missing

Still up in the air are critical elements: how financing will flow, who will govern the scheme and intellectual property rights

By Stacy Feldman

Dec 9, 2010

The "disagreement should not hold up the important decision of creating the technology mechanism," he added.

Key Mechanisms Missing

More pressing this week than IPR is how the program would work.

High-level ministers now have two days to decide on the structure and composition of  the two core institutions — the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Center. These bodies would determine which technologies to deploy and how they will be shared or accessed, among other fundamental issues.

Delegates are also stuck on how tech transfer would link into the future climate fund that will deliver money to poor countries, and who would be in charge.

Rich nations prefer existing multilateral groups like the World Bank. Developing nations want finance and tech transfer handled by the UN climate convention, where they claim to have more of a say.

Absent UN control, cutting-edge clean energy technologies may lose out, warned Tirthankar Mandal, a program coordinator for .

"Countries could actually divert all of the money to nuclear program research, and then claim that it is green because it doesn't release carbon dioxide, instead of focusing more on the renewable sources," Mandal told SolveClimate News. "Anything would be possible."

As the UNFCCC stalls, some of these issues are already being hammered out between countries and firms, experts say.

According to Weischer, the "real issues" are "much more in the nitty gritty."

These include "capacity building" in poor countries to make protected technology more accessible by helping them them negotiate deals with companies in rich states in ways that "wouldn't undermine the IPR regime," he said.

Whether businesses are willing to license their technologies, and if they're willing to do so at reasonable conditions and prices, is at the heart of the battle.

It's a trillion-dollar market, said Mandal. "It's big enough and deep enough that everybody can get a piece of the pie."

See Also

India's Green New Deal Making Progress, but Low-Carbon Path is Steep

Ideological Foes Assail UN Forest Scheme from Two Sides

Climate Deal Failure Could Devastate World's Poor, IPCC Chief Says

U.S. Call to Preserve Copenhagen Accord Puts Climate Conference on Edge

Si se puede!


This is not complicated! Share the technology. It is that simple. Plant trees. Invest and subsidize the cost for Solar, wind and Geo-thermal projects and implement this technology. Give it away. 

The problem is money, or simply put economics. There is no profit in saving the planet and this is unfortunate. I have the designs and ideas globaly but there is no interest because it makes no money. 

For 10 years I have tried to get funding. Not until now, is there interest. I hope it is not to late. 

The choice we have to make is:

Life on this planet or profit.

What good is profit if we are all dead, the trees are all gone, the air is poison. There is a special quote from an indigenousness tribe.  

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.  ~Cree Indian Proverb


Juan Jose Cervantes, CEO



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