St. Kitts and Nevis is becoming better equipped for the climate action needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change and deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement through climate technology implementation.
The federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is participating in phase IV of the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project, and recently completed the first stage, where a set of mitigation and adaptation technologies have been prioritized for further assessment and analysis under the project.
Now in the Barrier Analysis and Enabling Framework stage of the TNA project, the country will analyze which barriers exist preventing successful adoption and diffusion of the prioritized climate technologies and identify measures for an enabling framework to overcome these barriers.
The Barrier Analysis and Enabling Framework stage was officially started with a capacity building workshop in July 2023, for key stakeholders involved in the TNA project. The workshop was well attended by key stakeholders from the prioritized sectors, showing a high level of national interest in the project.
During the workshop, experts from UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre and the Regional Centre (The University of the West Indies), in collaboration with the ministry of sustainable development, provided training in identifying barriers and enablers through market mapping and analysis, in accelerating deployment of climate technologies, and in enhancing outreach and awareness to attract funding for implementation.
Needs based technology implementation
Owing to the practicality and robustness of the TNA methodology developed by UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre, the results of countries’ TNAs are recognized under the climate change convention and feature prominently in country reporting to the UNFCCC, as well as in project proposals submitted to climate related donor agencies.
By focusing on country needs for technology and the prioritization and analysis of climate technologies suited for specific mitigation and adaptation needs and circumstances, the TNA project facilitates implementation of technology addressing climate change and its impacts locally.
In St. Kitts and Nevis two sectors have been prioritized for mitigation and adaptation respectively, each with two prioritized technologies that will now be analyzed in the Barrier Analysis and Enabling Framework stage of the TNA project.
For mitigation, these technologies are:
- Solar water heating
- Residential scale grid-tied solar
- Hybrid and battery electric vehicles
- Pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure
For adaptation, the technologies are:
- Water management programmes (including smart metering)
- Leakage detection and repair and pressure management
- Integrated pest management
- Soil moisture conservation monitoring and techniques
Implementation of these technologies will play a big part in St. Kitts and Nevis’ efforts to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis, and shows the linkages created between the TNA project and the ongoing implementation of the country’s NDC.