UN ESCWA // Water-Energy Nexus Operational Toolkit: Technology Transfer Module
This module, implemented within a United Nations Development Account (DA) project on “Developing the capacities of ESCWA member countries to address the water and energy nexus for achieving Sustainable Developing Goals,” tackles water and energy issues from a technology transfer perspective. The aim is to further cooperation between Arab countries across industrial sectors to enhance resource efficiency and the use of renewable energy, for operations such as use and maintenance of water and energy utilities, oil and gas processes, or irrigation. The module also aims to assist authorities in the creation of environments that are more conducive to, and supportive of, technology transfer.
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), as part of its efforts to help member countries find an integrated approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is implementing a United Nations Development Account project to develop the capacity of member States to examine and address the water and energy nexus.
To achieve this, ESCWA is using two parallel and complementary tracks. The first targets high-level officials in water and energy ministries for training on how to incorporate the nexus in national and regional policy by means of a regional policy toolkit. This is comprised of seven modules based on priorities identified during an intergovernmental consultative meeting in 2012. The seven priorities, which were endorsed by the ESCWA Committees on Water Resources and on Energy, are as follows: Knowledge and awareness-raising; increasing policy coherence; examining the water and energy security nexus; increasing efficiency; informing technology choices; promoting renewable energy (RE); and addressing climate change and natural disasters.
The second track targets water and energy service providers by means of three technical interventions addressed through an operational toolkit made up of the following modules:
- Resource efficiency: to improve efficiency during the production and consumption of water and energy resources and services.
- Renewable energy: to assess costs and benefits related to applying RE technologies in the region.
- Technology transfer: for water and energy considerations when pursuing the transfer of new technologies regionally.
This document presents the third module of the operational toolkit, on technology transfer.
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