Reposting this video from UNIDO, not really working for UNIDO at the moment but working on a project related to the Kigali Amendments of the Montreal Protocol. Ozone depletion has been one of the most complicated international agreement next to the climate change agreements. But the Montreal Protocol would always remind everyone that it is one of the most successful international environmental agreements ever…
In studying environmental economics…oh my God 20 years ago, we would match the city in which the global agreement was signed with the corresponding environmental requirement:
Montreal —> Ozone Depleting Substances
Its been seven years already since I came across my first technology transfer project on climate change mitigation. Anaerobic biodigesters at that time, was seen as a major force in methane capture and waste to energy as part of the Clean Development Mechanism or CDM. The Philippines was seen as having a very large potential due to the widespread practice of microscale pig farmers which is embedded in our Filipino culture. Also, the concept and projects have taken off in Thailand and had been earning enough from emission trading schemes.
So what happened after seven years? Not much really but of course there was the camaraderie developed among the trainers and project implementers. Though the funding from the US EPA has somewhat died down.
When a technology is transferred, how do you sustain it? How do you localize it, how do you make it a point everyone will work on it with a common goal in mind?
I didnt expect this topic would crop up in Daniel Goleman’s Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Nuclear safety and CO2 emissions. There is a lot to learn, yet so little time.