Stabilization of atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to safe levels will require, at least in the longer run, some kind of technological revolution. This new volume “Innovation under Uncertainty”, edited by FEEM researchers Valentina Bosetti and Michela Catenacci, presents original research and insights on the uncertain future of carbon-free energy technologies.
A focus on mobility, the kilometres travelled using light duty vehicles, and climate policy is motivated by the persistence of strong demand for personal mobility. This article discusses recent research conducted at FEEM on the future of private vehicle travel and the achievement of different climate policy targets, with a particular focus on non-OECD regions.
Does the interaction of diverse cultures hamper or facilitate the creation of new ideas? The article summarizes the results of a study investigating the role of ethnic heterogeneity of the labour force in the creation of new knowledge.
The article briefly reports the information collected through an expert elicitation protocol on the future costs of biofuels, the potential role of RD&D (Research, Development and Demonstration) programs and what non-technical barriers to diffusion should be considered when designing renewable energy policies.
The recent economic crisis has brought to light the importance of opportunities that lie in the newly emerging markets (South). The article introduces the notion of global innovation networks and presents policy options to gain from challenges faced from the internationalisation of innovation activities.
This article discusses the results of an expert elicitation survey on solar technologies carried out within the ICARUS project on innovation in carbon-free energy technologies. Leading European experts from the academic world, the private sector and international institutions took part in this survey on Photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power technologies.
A key policy question when discussing REDD is how to balance low-cost forestry emission reductions, available in the near term, with investments to drive technological innovation in energy, industry, and other sectors over the longer period. Here we report a research effort showing that linking REDD to an international carbon market is, as expected, economically efficient.
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Water and Sewerage Industries
European Monetary Union
EU Energy Policy
Foreign Direct Investment