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Addressing Barriers to Low-Carbon Innovation

Essays on Structures and Policies to Mobilise Private Finance


Friedemann Polzin

The author analyses how finance flows can be guided towards low-carbon value generation and growth. He investigates the arrangements between actors in the innovation system and policy measures such as technology push, demand-pull and regulation with regard to their influence on private investments. The case studies include innovation intermediaries, energy service contracting for LED lighting and renewable energy project finance. The results show that barriers to low-carbon innovation inhibit the financing for companies, projects and infrastructure. Also, transparent structures which focus on risk and return facilitate private investments and, finally, both science, technology and innovation policies and regulation are needed to spur private finance.
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Zugl.: EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Diss., 2015

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Polzin, Friedemann, 1985- author. Addressing barriers to low-carbon innovation : essays on structures and policies to mobilise private finance / Friedemann Polzin. pages cm. — (Finanzmärkte und Klimawandel ; Band 7) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-66981-5 1. Carbon dioxide mitigation—Economic aspects. 2. Green technology—Finance. 3. Pollution prevention—Economic aspects. 4. Environmental policy—Economic aspects. I. Title. HC79.P55P65 2015 363.738’746—dc23


D 1540 ISSN 2190-3069 ISBN 978-3-631-66981-5 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-06116-1 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-06116-1

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