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International Technology Transfer for Climate Policy

David Popp ()
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David Popp: Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, 426 Eggers Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York USA 13244-1020, https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/cpr_about.aspx?id=6442451693

No 39, Center for Policy Research Policy Briefs from Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Abstract: While the developed world is starting to limit emissions of greenhouse gases, emissions from the developing world are increasing as a result of economic growth. Reducing these emissions while still enabling developing countries to grow requires the use of new technologies. In most cases, these technologies are first created in high-income countries. Thus, the challenge for climate policy is to encourage the transfer of these climate-friendly technologies to the developing world. This policy brief reviews the economic literature on environmental technology transfer. It then discusses the implications of this literature for climate policy, focuing on the Clean Developmenht Mechanism (CDM) ofthe Kyoto Protocol. It concludes by asking whether the current structure of the CDM provides sufficient incentives for technology transfer. Are CDM projects providing real emissions reductions, or are developed countries simply receiving credit for reductions that developing countries could have achieved on their own? What lessons can we learn from recent experience that may guide the development of the CDM (or other similar policy tools) during the next round of international climate policy negotiations?

Keywords: Kyoto Protocol; greenhouse gases; global warming; clean development mechanism; carbon dioxide; GHG emissions; sustainability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D43 F23 K32 L24 L71 O3 Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2008-10
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