Low carbon technology to developing countries

July 2010

Policy recommendations from the Sussex Energy Group have shaped the UK government's position for climate change negotiations, as well as informing the Chilean and Indian governments on technology transfer policies.

Cooling towersHelping developing countries to deploy low carbon energy technologies is a crucial part of any future global deal to tackle climate change. Yet policymakers have struggled to get to grips with how to accelerate the use of low carbon technology at a global level.

Research by the Sussex Energy Group and The Energy Resources Institute, India, has identified the barriers to the transfer of low carbon technology between developed and developing countries. The study explored questions around the development of an international policy framework covering technology transfer not just for one industry, but for the array of low carbon technologies.

Research findings have had an impact at both the national and international level. So far, the researchers have briefed governments in Chile, India and the UK, and the European Parliament.

International organisations have been equally interested in the study, with high level presentations to the UN's climate change body and further research commissioned by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Impact

  • The researchers' recommendations have directly shaped one of the UK government’s priorities for the international agreement on climate change, negotiated in Copenhagen in December 2009.
  • These policies are also likely to feed into the EU position as the UK is taking a leading role in the area of low carbon technology transfer.
  • The researchers were asked to advise the Chilean government on its position toward technology transfer.

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