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Towards A Competitive Low-Carbon Economy: On Firms’ Incentives And The Role Of Public Research

  • Annette Bongardt

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    (Universidade Moderna and IEEI)

  • Isabel Cabrita

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    (Universidade Moderna and INETI)

This paper considers the prerequisites for implementing a competitive low-carbon economy in the European Union from the point of view of firms’ incentives, the role of policy and the contribution of public research. It suggests that the reduction of the environmental impact of energy can be a new competitiveness factor. Rather than being treated as a constraint and cost-aggravating factor, addressing climate change can offer economic opportunity and contribute to growth. The paper looks at both static (energy efficiency) and dynamic (innovation – new products, processes, technologies or sectors and consumption patterns) dimensions of competitiveness.

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Paper provided by Departamento de Economia, Gestão e Engenharia Industrial, Universidade de Aveiro in its series Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) with number 49.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ave:wpaper:492007
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  1. Juan Delgado & Hans W. Friederiszick & Lars-Hendrik Röller, . "Energy: choices for Europe," Blueprints, Bruegel, number 14, 5.
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