Trade and investment can play a key role in facilitating the worldwide transition to a low carbon economy through creating new market incentives.
Increased trade and investment can also engender stronger ties and promote collaboration on research and development. It can help upgrade existing facilities, foster competition in the host country, bring in new technology and facilitate its dissemination, and provide more know-how in today's more knowledge-intensive production processes.
Much emphasis has been placed on diffusing technologies in the so-called BRIC countries. Whilst this focus remains important, also critical is the need to escalate the diffusion of climate mitigation and adaptation technologies in the agricultural, industrial, transport and household sectors for the poor. Many of these are already available but difficult to diffuse due to high investment costs, a lack of incentives, and a dearth of financial resources, especially in non-BRIC countries. Winning widespread political support for global cooperation on low carbon development will require an expansive vision of the potential benefits rather than costs of the low carbon transition, for developing and developed countries alike.
Supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), this project aims to open up some of the myths and realities around the climate and trade agendas and generate new thinking and creative solutions for policy makers and stakeholders. The project aims to facilitate discussion and debate between both public and private actors and generate new research into the potential barriers and opportunities for low carbon development.
Chatham House organises public forums and strategic roundtables as well as generating new research across areas such as competitiveness and 'carbon leakage', border adjustment measures, standards and labelling, renewable energy finance in emerging markets, innovation and technology/knowledge transfer and the associated intellectual property rights issues.
This project is divided into four thematic work streams:
Piloting Low Carbon Development in the Western Cape Province of South Africa
Aligning Climate and Development Agendas in the Mekong Region: Options for Regional Collaboration between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Heike Baumuller, June 2010
Unlocking Finance for Clean Energy: The Case for 'Investment Grade Policy'
Kirsty Hamilton, December 2009
Private Financing of Renewable Energy: A Guide for Policymakers
Developing Country Perspectives on Carbon-Based Competitiveness, Trade and Climate Change Linkages
Vicente Paolo B Yu III, November 2009
Building a Low Carbon Future for Vietnam: Technological and Other Needs for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Heike Baumuller, October 2009
Who Owns Our Low Carbon Future? Intellectual Property and Energy Technologies
Chatham House Report
Bernice Lee, Ilian Iliev and Felix Preston, September 2009
Trade, Competitiveness and Carbon Leakage: Challenges and Opportunities
Julia Reinaud, January 2009
Intellectual Property and Alternatives: Strategies for Green Innovation
Jerome Reichman, Arti K Rai, Richard G Newell and Jonathan B Wiener, January 2009
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Innovation and Technology Transfer Framework for a Global Climate Deal
Paper by E3G and Chatham House
Mitigating Climate Change Through Technology Transfer: Addressing the Needs of Developing Countries
John H Barton, October 2008
The Future of Technology Cooperation for Climate Change: Innovation, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Rights
Finance Roundtable: Emerging Markets and Renewable Energy
Gemma Green, Programme Manager