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On 10 March, the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC) will convene experts to identify how countries can enhance the supply of sustainable clean energy to communities which lie off the main power grids.

The TEC thematic dialogue on distributed renewable energy aims to highlight policies that can enhance the share of distributed renewable energy in national energy profiles, supporting sustainable development and greater access to clean electricity.

The TEC invites interested stakeholders to follow the thematic dialogue through a live webcast and participate in the discussions via social media. Participants may send questions to the TEC and the dialogue experts by using the Twitter hashtag #climatetech. Further information on the dialogue, including the agenda, information on the webcast and a background paper, may be found here

At a global level, through the thematic dialogue the TEC aims to support countries to enhance their national-driven efforts to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions before and after 2020, when a new, universal climate agreement is due to come into force.

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Growing Global Interest in Off-Grid Solutions

Countries are expressing growing interest in using distributed or off-grid renewable energy to provide clean electricity to energy poor communities. Recently, Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province announced plans to supply solar power to 5,800 off-grid households in 200 villages.

Across the border, a Goldman Sach’s report published in February highlighted the potential of distributed renewable energy to accelerate clean energy access in India. Nearly 80 million households in India’s rural communities have little or no access to grid-based electricity.

The TEC will hold the thematic dialogue as part of its 10th meeting, which it will convene on 9-12 March in Bonn, Germany. At this meeting, the TEC will continue to implement its 2014-2015 workplan with the aim of addressing key policy issues to support enhanced technology action on climate change. Issues on the meeting agenda include: technology needs assessments; climate technology financing; enabling environments and barriers; and mitigation and adaptation technologies.

The two components of the UNFCCC’s Technology Mechanism are working together to enhance climate technology action. The TEC addresses policy issues to enhance climate technology development and transfer. The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is currently responding to 23 developing country requests to enhance technology action on the ground.

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