14-05-27

Mobilising Private Funds for the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

In September 2013 IPCC reconfirmed that limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. The transition to a low-carbon society at reasonable costs will not be possible without technological change. Society needs to develop and introduce new technologies and see a rapid deployment of existing solutions. The required investments are massive, clearly orders of magnitude beyond what heavily indebted nation states and budget constrained international pubic entities could mobilize. Private capital investments are hence essential. To make effective policies to mobilize and leverage private funding for green tech innovation it is important to understand entrepreneurial investment decisions and to look at policies from the perspective of the investor and entrepreneur respectively.  In this report private investment in green venturing is studied, linking theory, empirics and policy and concluding by suggesting future research.

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