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Policy Processes for Low Carbon Innovation in the UK: Successes, failures and lessons

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  • Tim J. Foxon

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    (4CMR – Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.)

  • Peter J. Pearson

    (Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ, UK.)

Abstract

This paper analyses recent, current and potential future relations between policy processes and substantive outcomes in UK low carbon innovation policy. It examines the development of policy processes relating to the adoption and implementation of the Renewables Obligation and how these may affect the current and likely future success of the Obligation in promoting low carbon innovation. It looks at the new policy and institutional processes put in place in the 2003 Energy White Paper and argues that these are unlikely to provide the strategic long-term framework needed to realize the ambitious goals for UK energy policy set out in the White Paper. Finally, it outlines some suggestions for further development of policy processes to facilitate improved delivery of these goals, based on guiding principles for sustainable innovation policy processes, developed by the authors and colleagues.

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Paper provided by University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economics in its series Environmental Economy and Policy Research Working Papers with number 16.2006.

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Date of creation: 2006
Date of revision: 2006
Handle: RePEc:lnd:wpaper:200616

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Keywords: Low carbon innovation policy; Renewables Obligation; guiding principles; sustainable innovation policy processes.;

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