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Lessons from China: building technological capabilities for low carbon technology transfer and development

Watson, J; Byrne, R; Ockwell, D; Stua, M; (2015) Lessons from China: building technological capabilities for low carbon technology transfer and development. Climatic Change , 131 (3) pp. 387-399. 10.1007/s10584-014-1124-1. Green open access

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Abstract

Using case study analysis across three sectors in China (cement, electric vehicles and coal fired electricity generation) and theoretical insights from the innovation studies literature, this paper analyses the development of China’s technological capabilities in low carbon technologies and the ways in which public policies have contributed to developing these capabilities. It finds that China has developed significant capabilities via a strategic approach. The paper’s findings have significant implications for international policies designed to support low carbon technology transfer to developing countries and broader processes of low carbon technological change and development. Such policies should go beyond the traditional focus on the transfer of technology hardware to focus on the development of low carbon technological capabilities in developing country firms.

Type: Article
Title: Lessons from China: building technological capabilities for low carbon technology transfer and development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1124-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-014-1124-1
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Electric Vehicle, Clean Development Mechanism, Technological Capability, Chinese Firm, Clean Development Mechanism Project
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071696
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