Technology Needs Assessment Handbook (2010)

Handbook to identify technology options for poverty reduction and climate change

The Handbook for Conducting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate Change (2010) explains the process of prioritising technologies that help developing countries to achieve their environmental, economic and social development goals with low greenhouse gas emissions and high climate change resilience. The concept of TNA, with the handbook, was introduced as part of the UNFCCC work on development and transfer of technologies to developing countries (Marrakech, November 2001). The handbook has now been updated using lessons learnt surrounding TNAs over the past decade and provides a comprehensive step-by-step framework for undertaking a TNA. The Updated Handbook provides guidance surrounding the following:

  • organisational and administrative processes required for TNA implementation
  • the formulation of development priorities in light of climate change
  • the identification/prioritisation of sectors in regards to their contribution to mitigation and adaptation
  • the identification/prioritisation of relevant low carbon technologies with the aim of maximising development goals, reducing greenhouse gases emissions and boosting adaptive capacity.
  • The formulation of sector and national level strategies to support successful implementation of prioritised technologies at the desired scales.

Presently, the TNA Handbook is being used by 36 developing countries under the GEF-funded TNA project, which is managed by UNEP Risoe Centre (see


Approximately 3-5 days of training
Using the tool: US$2000+
Time needed:
Over three months (8-24 months, depending on resources).

Accessing the tool

CD Rom, Online, Paper-based: CD Rom, in hardcopy and on USB-sticks
English, French, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin)
Bert van der Plas, Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC)
Technology Needs Assessments

Survey to provide data to assess the need for technology in specific areas or regions.

Area of focus
Adaptation 3, Mitigation 3, Development 2

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For use in Asia, Africa, Latin America