This page will provide access to downloadable papers and documents relating to the field of ESTs and Technology Transfer.

Technology Transfer: The Seven “C”s for the Successful Transfer and Uptake of Environmentally Sound Technologies

This report is motivated by the recognition that the uptake of technologies that support sustainable development has been disappointingly slow, despite many major international and other initiatives to support sustainable development through increased and more effective transfers of technology. The information presented here complements a parallel initiative by UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre, namely the studies and other activities culminating in publication of the report “Environmentally Sound Technologies and Sustainable Development” (Below).

ESTs for Sustainable Development

This document has been prepared to highlight the importance of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) in achieving sustainable development objectives. It provides a foundation for the UNEP Initiative on ESTs. The initiative arose from Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and has subsequently evolved in support of the implementation plan of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). In launching this initiative, UNEP is seeking to promote the application of ESTs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.