Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

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Inducing environmental innovation is a significant challenge to policy-makers. Efforts to design public policies that address these issues are motivated by the fact that innovations can allow for improved environmental quality at lower cost. However, the relationship between environmental policy and technological innovation remains an area in which empirical evidence is scant.  Increased attention should be paid to the design characteristics of public policies that are likely to affect the ‘type’ of innovation induced.  The work presented in this book is brought together in five substantive chapters: environmental policy design characteristics and their role in inducing innovation, the role of public policies (including multilateral agreements) in encouraging transfer of environmental technologies, followed by three ‘sectoral’ studies of innovation in alternative fuel vehicles, solid waste management and recycling, and green (sustainable) chemistry. While particular focus has been placed on the role of environmental policy in bringing about the innovation documented, it is recognised that other factors play a key role in inducing innovation which has positive environmental implications.     

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Annex A: Methodological Issues in the Development of Indicators of Innovation and Transfer in Environmental Technologies

This book presents analyses of the determinants of environment-related innovation – assessing the relative importance of different factors (policy measures, market conditions, scientific capacity, etc.) on the rate and pattern of innovation and the diffusion of these inventions in the world economy. Both of these strands of work depend on the availability of appropriate indicators. This annex reviews the methodological aspects of development of such indicators. It is intended to serve as a reference document for papers arising out of this work.

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