Low Carbon Innovation Paths in China, India and Europe

Mitigating climate change requires technological innovation. This project analyses the innovation paths pursued in Europe and Asia.

Europe is in a strong position to advance the relevant technologies. However, Europe’s ability to make a difference to climate change depends on involving China and India in the search for and application of technical solutions. This is difficult because the economic conditions and political pressures in India and China are very different from those in Europe.

This is the starting point for this project which addresses three questions:

  • whether and how the emerging technological trajectories in Europe, China and India differ; 
  • what explains the similarities and differences; and
  • what are the implications for strategies of international competition and cooperation at the enterprise and government level. 

The research is being carried out by integrating different disciplines and methods and by concentrating the empirical analysis on two sectors: wind energy and electro mobility.

This research complements the work of the STEPS centre on pathways to sustainability.

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start date
1 Aug 2011
end date
31 December 2013


About this project

Programmes and centres
Business and Development Centre


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Hubert Schmitz

Emeritus Fellow