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This guidebook should be useful to anyone interested in seeing climate relevant technologies adopted more widely. Acknowledging that most technology transfer and diffusion processes take place without direct government intervention, the guidebook focuses on how governments can accelerate these processes through various policy measures.

The guidebook thus aims to engage analysts and policymakers in the often messy process of technology transfer by suggesting a flexible and participatory approach, one that builds links between international experience and local stakeholder knowledge.The guidebook is structured in eight chapters. First, the guidebook introduces the main concepts to be used. Four generic categories are defined: consumer goods, capital goods, publicly provided goods and non-market goods. These categories are used throughout the book to ease the identification of generic barriers and measures. Thereafter, guidance is provided on how to identify and analyse barriers to the transfer and diffusion of climate technologies. Subsequent chapters describe how to transform these barriers into measures that can be used to overcome them. The procedure builds on the assumption that an exact understanding of the rationale of the barriers, and the relations between them, can lead to a specification of the necessary measures. Following this, all four technology categories are analysed with a view to facilitating a proper understanding of the particular framework conditions for such technologies. Finally, recommendations are provided for governments to facilitate the actual diffusion of new technologies, in particular during the early and most difficult phases of diffusion when early adopters and possible niche markets play a significant role.

In addition to outlining the practical steps for undertaking barrier analysis and identifying measures to overcome the barriers, the guidebook illustrates the various approaches through case studies, covering both adaptation and mitigation examples. One such example shows how a set of complementary measures may be used to enhance impact, and how different sets of measures aimed at the same goal may have different economic and other impacts.

Product Type
Knowledge & Learning
Focus Area
Climate Resilient Development
Low Carbon Development
Screening, Monitoring & Evaluation
Scope / Extension
Sub-national, Project, & Local/Community level
Methodological Steps
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