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Policy options for green regional development: applying a production and application perspective

Franz Tödtling, Michaela Trippl and Alexandra Frangenheim

PEGIS from Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Abstract: Green and sustainable development has received increasing attention in recent years due to challenges emanating from climate change and worsening environmental conditions. Although these are problems of global nature, actions have to be taken often at lower spatial scales, such as local and regional ones. In this paper we focus on innovation and industrial policies and on the regional level, since green development often emerges here and can be supported by respective policies. However, effective policies have to consider that individual regions face different kinds of industrial and environmental challenges for moving towards a ‘greener’ future. This article develops a framework that allows taking such differences into account. Furthermore, we distinguish between the production and application of ‘green technologies’ and consider their spatial nature. We investigate factors and challenges for green regional development and we explore the potential role of policies for different types of regions.

Keywords: Green regional development; innovation policy; place-specific challenges; production of green technologies; application of green solutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O33 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2019
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