Climate change mitigation technologies in Europe

Evidence from patent and economic data

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In October 2014, the European Union committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This represents a significant challenge, which can only be met through the development and deployment of new climate change mitigation technologies (CCMTs).

This EPO-UNEP study focuses on Europe, linking patent trends with relevant economic data on investment, trade and technology transfer in CCMTs. The report provides a clear and comprehensive picture of Europe's contribution to CCMT development and dissemination.

It is hoped that this wealth of data, some of which is published here for the first time, can provide useful input for a constructive policy debate on technology.

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