Consumption, innovation and the environment

Environmental Policy and Technological Innovation (EPTI)

 

Technological change is undoubtedly one of the keys to ensuring that economic growth and environmental improvements co-exist. As such it is vitally important that environmental policies and policy instruments provide the right incentives for the development and diffusion of ‘environmental’ technologies. A brochure highlighting this work is available: 2013 (2010)

 

As part of its work on decoupling environmental pressures from economic growth, the OECD’s Environment Directorate has launched a project on the effects of public environmental policy on technological innovation with the aim of improving the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental policies. Drawing upon patent data, bibliometric data and other sources, the links between public policy and technological change are being examined.

 

As a prerequisite for any such work, appropriate indicators need to be constructed. This underlying developmental work includes:

  • Development of the methodological basis for indicators of invention and transfer and the associated programming of extractions from PATSTAT (see an updated report);
  • Development of search strategies for various areas of ‘environmental’ technologies using patent data (see a website dedicated to the ENV-tech indicator) or other data sources.

The indicators are then analysed to study innovation effects of alternative policy instruments (such as emission or technology standards, investment incentives, taxes, tariffs, and tradable permits).

 

‌Innovation in Environmental Technologies, Compared to All Sectors

Innovation in Environmental Technologies - graph for the EPTI website

OECD 2011. OECD Project on Environmental Policy and Technological Innovation.
Based on data extracted from the EPO Worldwide Patent Statistical Database (PATSTAT).

 

International collaboration in development of ‌wind power technologies: 1988-2007

 International collaboration in development of wind power technologies - graph for the EPTI website

OECD 2011. OECD Project on Environmental Policy and Technological Innovation.
Based on data extracted from the EPO Worldwide Patent Statistical Database (PATSTAT).

 

EPTI Publications

 

EPTI Related reports

EPTI Team and Collaborators

 

EPTI Related links

ENV-Tech Indicators

 

EPTI Funding support   

                                                                   

Contact us

For more information regarding this project, please contact Nick Johnstone or Ivan Haščič at: env.contact@oecd.org.

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