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Phillips, Jon, Das, Kasturi and Newell, Peter (2013) 'Governance and technology transfer in the clean development mechanism in India.' Global Environmental Change, 23 (6). pp. 1594-1604.

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Abstract

Despite significant technological advances in emerging economies, the further development of clean energy technologies in developing countries remains crucial to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with economic development. In this paper we address two significant gaps in the growing body of literature that has assessed the role of the Clean Development Mechanism in promoting the transfer of clean technologies to developing countries. First, we present a qualitative analysis of the governance of the Clean Development Mechanism in India. This provides a basis for understanding the extent to which and the ways in which governance may impact upon the likelihood that projects promote technology transfer. Second, we provide a novel quantification of the level and nature of technology transfer that has occurred in Indian Clean Development Mechanism projects, based on insights from literature on technological capability building. We find that the Clean Development Mechanism in India has produced a negligible number of projects that promote technology transfer if technology transfer is understood as a process of learning about technology. Together these qualitative and quantitative analyses show how politics and governance have contributed to the current form of the Clean Development Mechanism market in India, in which processes of building indigenous technological capabilities have been neglected.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Technology Transfer, Innovation, India, Clean Energy, Governance
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 09593780
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Global Environmental Change, 2013, v23 (6). pp. 1594-1604.published by Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.09.012 Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.09.012
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 16:39
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/36245
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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