Promoting the export of environmental technologies: An analysis of governmental initiatives from eight countries
2016 (English)In: Environmental Development, ISSN 2211-4645, E-ISSN 2211-4653, Vol. 17, 73-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Export represents a means for the diffusion of environmental technologies with potential socio-economic and environmental benefits. However, environmental technology providers experience export barriers which stifle export and thus several governments continue to formulate export promotion initiatives towards this sector. Although export promotion is identified as essential in the environmental technology policy literature, it is yet to receive attention as to which initiatives are available in different countries including their potential relevance for environmental sustainability. Such knowledge is fundamental for policy learning and transfer including identification of good practices.
To address this knowledge gap, we use market failure and comparative public policy theories to analyse export promotion initiatives from export promotion and export credit agencies across eight countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. Three major conclusions emerge: (1) governmental initiatives to promote environmental technology export can be categorised under financial aid, information provision, education and training, and trade mobility programs; (2) policy choices regarding promotion initiatives are mediated by the institutional context and interests of policy actors (3) relevant aspects of such initiatives for environmental sustainability include the incorporation of particular environmental technology characteristics in initiative formulation, and the prioritisation between different technology and markets types for implementation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 17, 73-87 p.
Environmental technology; Export promotion, Market failure, Comparative public policy, Technology policy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122234DOI: 10.1016/j.envdev.2015.09.009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-122234DiVA: diva2:864076