The Rio Plus 20 Meeting held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 included the “Green Economy” as one of its two main pillars of activity. It is increasingly recognized that the key to the solution of many of the most intractable problems of sustainable development at the global level concern the generation of appropriate technologies, and their diffusion across the developing world. As we see with the ongoing negotiations on climate change, the key to the solution of this problem is reconciling the innovation side of this problem (creating new technologies) with the diffusion side (adoption of existing technologies).
The goal of this project is to investigate:
a) the problem of green growth,
b) the empirical evidence regarding how innovation and diffusion operate, and
c) the policies that might aid in enhancing innovation, diffusion and sustainability.
The combination of the studies aims to provide insights on how growth and diffusion interact across a wide part of the economy and a broad part of the world. The research teams are working together on innovative contributions to the analysis of the problem – working in theory, empirics, and policy to create the bridge by which theory, policy and practice may be discussed. Another objective of the project is to create a valuable research environment for young researchers, where students benefit from the interaction with other institutions. Annual joint seminars and regular workshops are organised to foster these interactions, and to provide a forum for discussion of the results.
The researchers also work with policy partners in Geneva (UNEP, WIPO and OECD) in order to develop a contribution to policymaking on these issues. One of the close policy partner of the project is the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a global community of organisations and experts committed to collaboratively generating, managing and sharing green growth knowledge.
Through the GGKP, the project aims to facilitate international workshops to interact with other leading researchers in the field.