Innovations for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development

Economic development overusing such natural resources as the global atmosphere is unsustainable. Environmental costs need to be systematically internalised and models of economic growth need to incorporate resource productivity. This will affect competitive advantages. Developing countries may lose certain advantages but gain others. For the more advanced developing countries, leapfrogging into low carbon technologies may be a viable option.

The framework conditions for environmental innovations in developing countries differ widely from those in developed countries. Economic growth and improved access to affordable energy are political imperatives, leaving less scope for the internalisation of environmental costs into investment decisions. At the same time, developing countries may have resource-efficient production opportunities that are not available in rich countries, because existing infrastructure and network effects lock the latter into less efficient patterns.

By integrating different research strands (such as innovation systems research, political economy and environmental and behavioural economics) and conducting empirical case studies in developing and developed countries, we create new insights in effective and efficient green industrial and innovation policymaking.

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Green industrial policy in emerging countries
Pegels, Anna (2014)
London: Routldege

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Sustainability-oriented Innovation Systems in China and India
Altenburg, Tilman (2016)
London: Routledge

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Cover: Discussion Paper 28/2014

Green industrial policy: managing transformation under uncertainty
Lütkenhorst, Wilfried / Tilman Altenburg / Anna Pegels / Georgeta Vidican (2014)
(Discussion Paper 28/2014)

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Cover: The human factor in energy Efficiency

The human factor in energy efficiency: lessons from developing countries
Pegels, Anna / Aurelia Figueroa / Babette Never (2015)
Bonn: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) / Pretoria: National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA)

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