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The challenge of environmental technology: promoting radical innovation in conditions of lock-in. Final report to the Garnaut Climate Change Review

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Smith, KH (2008) The challenge of environmental technology: promoting radical innovation in conditions of lock-in. Final report to the Garnaut Climate Change Review. Project Report. University of Tasmania, Hobart.

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Abstract

How can we sustain global economic performance while reducing and perhaps eliminating
climate impacts? This dual objective ultimately requires the innovation of radically new lowor
zero-emitting energy technologies. But what is involved in such innovation, and why and
how should governments support it? What are the implications for innovation policymakers?
The paper discusses the nati.lre of the innovation challenge of climate change, develops a
framework for analysing modes of innovation, applies the framework to energy technologies
and analyses policies for energy innovation. The overall argument is that we are 'locked in' to
an unsustainable but large-scale hydrocarbon energy system. Despite widespread innovation
efforts and incentives, these are not yet addressing the innovation challenge on an adequate
scale. Addressing these issues will involve new mission-oriented programs, coordinated by
new or modified transnational agencies.
The analytical framework sees technologies not as single techniques but as multi-faceted
technological 'regimes'. Regimes involve production organisations and methods, scientific
and engineering knowledge organisation, infrastructures, and social patterns of technology
use. We live not with individual energy technologies but with a complex hydrocarbon regime.

Item Type: Report (Project Report)
Publisher: University of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2010 23:27
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:12
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