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Faster adoption of cleaner and more efficient technologies and standards is crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change, and is particularly important to developing countries, which face the most immediate climate challenges.

There is an urgent need for climate-related technology development and diffusion capacity development in developing countries in order to meet the climate challenges effectively and efficiently.

For these reasons, in recent years the concept of climate technology centres has come to the fore in academic literature and climate change discussions. The need for augmented and networked global climate technology centres has also been underlined by parties at the UNFCCC climate negotiations. Such centres need to be shaped by local needs and tailored to country and regional specific conditions.