Summary: International Technology Diffusion in a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement

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Date period
18 December 2012

This sheet is a Q&A based summary of the issues paper “International Technology Diffusion in a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement,” by Thomas Brewer, produced by ICTSD, in collaboration with the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Global Green Growth Institute.

The issue paper addresses the issues associated with technology transfer used by firms, namely international direct investments, licensing, and trade in services and goods. It examines a wide range of related topics that need to be addressed in designing and negotiating a SETA, especially four key elements: subsidies, government procurement, standards and intellectual property rights.