Recently, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published a joint study showing that inventions in climate change have seen a fivefold increase between 1995 and 2011. The study also establishes Europe as a leading region for low-carbon inventions.
“Climate change is one of today’s truly global challenges, affecting all aspects of socio-economic development in every region of the world,” Achim Steiner states, Under Secretary General of the United Nations. “This report provides a clear and comprehensive picture of the contribution of Europe to CCMT development and dissemination. It is hoped that this wealth of data can provide useful input for a constructive policy debate on technology.”
EPO President Benoit Battistelli continues, “New technologies are urgently needed to tackle the global challenge of climate change. The report shows that in combination with clear legislation and policies to promote climate-change mitigation technologies, the patent system can support research, development and innovation in this field, as well as boosting trade and investment flows, and the transfer of these new technologies to other regions.”