Patents and clean energy: bridging the gap between evidence and policy

Brussels, Belgium, 30 September 2010


UNEP, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) presented the results of the joint study entitled “Patents and clean energy: bridging the gap between evidence and policy” at a high-level policy dialogue and technical meeting in Brussels on 30 September 2010. Enhancing technology transfer to developing countries has been an integral part of the global climate change regime since the inception of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The role of intellectual property (IP) in the transfer of climate change mitigation technologies has emerged as a particularly contentious issue.

In 2009, UNEP, EPO and ICTSD joined forces to undertake an empirical study of patents and climate change technologies in the field of energy generation in order to understand better the role of IP in the transfer of such technologies and to inform the policy debate. The project consisted of three main parts: a mapping study of key climate change technologies; a patent landscape based on selected technologies (solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, geothermal, hydro/marine, biofuels, carbon capture and storage, and integrated gasification combined cycle); and a survey of related licensing practices.

The 30 September event featured addresses and presentations by representatives from various stakeholder organizations, including the partner organizations, the UNFCCC, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the European Commission. Link to the final report of the joint UNEP/EPO/ICTSD study is now available for download: Patents and clean energy: bringing the gap between evidence and policy


Contact: benjamin.simmons@unep.org