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Book Talk: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Cleantech: A Pathway for Developing Countries (Joy Xiang)
July 1, 2022
In her book, Joy Y. Xiang promotes both global cleantech development and international cleantech transfer for climate action and sustainable development. The author proposes all countries build domestic cleantech innovation wherever possible. The book examines what it takes to build domestic cleantech innovation and outlines a pathway for developing countries to march toward it. The pathway includes international aid, mutually beneficial international cleantech cooperation and domestic cleantech innovation. Xiang proposes that countries build domestic cleantech innovation by, for example, sending clear policy signals indicating the country’s long-term commitment toward cleantech innovation. Xiang also suggests countries employ diverse innovation tools such as customized cleantech IPR regimes, various subsidies such as prizes, innovation commons and competition law and regulations. The author observes that IP protection for cleantech is necessary for attracting international cleantech transfer. Developing countries may use available mechanisms in competition law and IP laws to address anticompetitive use of cleantech IPR.