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Mobilizing private finance for low-carbon innovation – A systematic review of barriers and solutions

Friedemann Polzin

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2017, vol. 77, issue C, 525-535

Abstract: This paper analyses the field of innovation studies regarding barriers to low-carbon innovation and consequences for finance (investment and divestment) and contributes to a more holistic understanding of the underlying mechanisms. A combination of technological barriers combined with economic barriers, institutional and political barriers contribute to sub-optimal low-carbon investment all along the innovation cycle. Policy makers need to take a systemic approach to enable the redirection of diverse private financial sources. Instruments range from cutting ‘dirty’ (R&D) subsidies and support for clean technology innovation and diffusion, levelling the institutional playing field and making risks of high-carbon and low-carbon technologies transparent to providing a consistent but adaptive long-term transition strategy. This would allow financiers to gradually shift their investments away from high-carbon mainstream markets and scale low-carbon technology niche-markets. However financiers also need to sharpen their competencies with regard to new clean technologies and markets.

Keywords: O33; O38; G21; G23; G28; Barriers to low-carbon innovation; Private financing instruments; Government policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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