IPS conducts workshop to support Sri Lanka’s Low Carbon Technology Renovation and Climate Technology

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The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) recently held a Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Low Carbon Technology Renovation and Climate Technology Centre Network (CTCN) at the IPS premises in Colombo. The event was conducted as a part of a study carried out to evaluate the progress and identify follow-up actions to the country study on the Technology Need Assessment (TNA) in Sri Lanka. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan in cooperation with the Climate Change Secretariat of the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy. The initiative was funded by the Ministry of Environment of Japan. The objectives of the workshop were to identify short-listed technologies in the context of its application and the potential to promote low carbon technology development in Sri Lanka, raising awareness and the opportunities provided by the CTCN to follow-up the findings of the TNA and providing a platform to discuss and identify specific technical assistance from Japan.    Dr. Athula Senaratne, Research Fellow and Head of Environmental Economic Policy Unit at IPS addressing the workshop       Delivering the keynote address Dr. R.D.S. Jayatunge, Director, Climate Change Secretariat said, “The TNA focused on technologies that support Sri Lanka’s economic development in a sustainable manner in line with National Development Policy Framework of Sri Lanka and the vulnerability to climate change. Through a comprehensive practise, we were able to identify and prioritise eight sectors; five sectors for adaptation as food security, water, coastal, health and bio-diversity and three sectors for mitigation and energy industry and transport.” Dr. R.D.S. Jayathunga, Director – Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development delivering the key-note address   In order to meet the objectives, the workshop focused on Japanese technologies used, challenges faced in the deployment of those technologies, renovation elements needed to overcome those challenges and raising awareness and expectations to apply the draft CTCN request forms to be discussed further workshop to be held in Bangkok in February 2015. Among those present were Dr. D.G.J. Premakumara, Senior Researcher IGES, Kitakyushu Urban Centre, Madoka Yoshino, Researcher IGES, Climate and Energy area, representatives from state and private sectors, civil society and academia. Dr. D.G.J. Premakumara of IGES presenting the introduction to the workshop Participants at the workshop