Technology portfolio

Technology topics cut across almost all of UN Environment's priority areas. A list of related projects is provided below; you can also browse our technology initiatives


  • Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project) - The overall goal of the Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative is to accelerate global commercialization and sustainable market transformation of solar water heating, thereby reducing the current use of electricity and fossil fuels for hot water preparation in residential, private service sector and public buildings and, when applicable, industrial applications.
  • Global Clean Ports Project - The CCAC has funded the first phase of the project, a pilot project in the Port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the second phase that will see clean ports projects in four cities around the world (Valparaíso in Chile, Chittagong in Bangladesh, Tema in Ghana and Aqaba in Jordan) as well as the development of a global clean ports hub that will serve as a repository for advanced ports expertise as well as air emissions inventory data for ports in developing and transition countries.
  • Capacity development for the integration of global environmental commitments into national policies and development decision making - This project deals with the initiative to build new and restore existing air monitoring stations.UN Environment will provide training on the data collection and maintenance of equipment. It has also produced an online database for Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries to store and share the information.The project aims to boost data collection and reporting on the environment for the Framework Convention of the United Nations on Climate Change - UNFCCC, the United Nations Convention on Biological persity - UNCBD, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD. 
  • Pilot Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Network and Finance Centre - This project helped set up a pilot climate technology finance center in Manila (managed by ADB) and a climate technology network secretariat in Bangkok (managed by UN Environment) which aim to accelerate the adoption, deployment, and investment in environmentally sound technologies in Asia and the Pacific to support climate change actions.
  • Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India -  The project was designed to forge a strong link between India’s national climate change policy and efforts to develop and improve transport systems in cities.
  • Dominican Republic LED project - UN Environment’s Dominican Republic LED project is a transformational initiative designed to deliver substantial energy, financial and climate savings to this island economy. The project will enable the Dominican Republic to become the first LED-only country in the world, leapfrogging other lighting technologies to high efficiency LEDs for residential, commercial, municipal and industrial applications.
  • Technology Needs Assessment - Phase I & II - Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) are a set of country-driven activities that identify and determine the mitigation and adaptation technology priorities of countries. 
  • Mediterranean Investment Facility - This project helps in the development and implementation of innovative multi-stakeholder financing initiatives to enhance uptake of clean-energy small-sized technologies.
  • REGATTA (Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean) - REGATTA aims therefore at strengthening capacities in the region to respond to the climate change mitigation and technology transfer.
  • ASEAN SHINE (Promoting Energy efficient Air Conditioning system in ASEAN Region) -
    • Developing the Regional Roadmap for harmonizing the standard for air condition system in ASEAN Region
    • Developing the National Road map for promoting energy efficient Air Conditioning system in 7 ASEAN Countries
  • Vietnam Lighting project - The overall objective of the project is “to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through conversion of incandescent lamps use into energy saving lamps (ESLs) in Vietnam” through the following four components:
    • Local Lighting Industry capacity enhancement program;
    • Improved QA/QC framework;
    • ESL market transformation and consumer education and awareness;
    • National Policy and institutional support program towards phasing out of ILs and ESLs promotion
  • Promoting refrigerant alternatives for high ambient temperature countries (PRAHA-II) - PRAHA-II is designed to address key priorities issues identified from PRAHA-I mainly advancing the technical capacities of local industry and research institutes to design and optimize products with low-GWP alternatives as well as assist countries to build and examine comprehensive risk assessment model for soundly and safely deploy and manage flammable refrigerants in manufacturing, placing into markets and in servicing.
  • Development of national action plans to reduce mercury emission and release from artisanal and small-scale gold mining - The project assists developing and economies-in-transition countries in the development of national action plans to reduce mercury emission and release from artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
  • Reduction of mercury emission from coal combustion - This project involves dissemination of process optimisation techniques for reducing mercury emission to the atmosphere from coal combustion.
  • Madingley General Ecosystem Model - The aim of the Madingley model are two fold. Firstly, to provide decision makers with the knowledge and information that they need in order to ensure global sustainability goals and policies are achieved. Secondly, to provide scientists, academics, and researchers with a new type of modelling tool that can be used to answer questions of fundamental ecological importance that were previously not able to be tackled.
  • Global Forest Watch - Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people everywhere with the information they need to better manage and conserve forest landscapes.
  • Seed Capital Assistance Facility - SCAF's vision is to increase the avilability of investment for early-stage development of low carbon projects in developing countries, contributing to low-carbon sustainable development, economic growth, poverty reduction and climate change mitigation.
  • Ocean Data Viewer - The Ocean Data Viewer offers users the opportunity to view and download a range of spatial datasets that are useful for informing decisions regarding the conservation of marine and coastal biodersity.