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JON CLOKE - LOW CARBON ENERGY
FOR DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
(LCEDN)
SMES AND CLEAN ENERGY FOR
EMERGING MARKETS: CHALLENGES AND
OPPORTUNITIES:
HOW CAN ACADEMIC
RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE
SUPPORT THE ACTIVITIES
OF SMES WORKING IN
EMERGING ECONOMIES?
“The expected investment across a wide range of
clean technology sectors, just in the world’s
developing and emerging economies, will exceed
$6.4 trillion over the next decade. Better still, about
$1.6 trillion of that total offers an opening for small
and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)”
(World Bank 2014, Building Competitive Green Industries: The
Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing
Countries)
Why focus on SMEs? World Bank assertions:
“There are important niches for SMEs in established clean
technology value chains”
“SMEs are well positioned to uncover and address
opportunities in local clean technology markets”
What could be the role of Academia/research?
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Mapping the value chains
Researching local markets
Locating niches
Outlining technical/financial barriers and possible
solutions
Researching and mapping markets
Researching business models
Helping to identify these opportunities
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“SMEs play an important role in adapting existing
technology for local conditions”
“Innovative SMEs face different barriers to growth”
Researching local conditions to better understand
necessary adaptation
ii. Technological research into adapting to local conditions
iii. Science and technology studies to aid in adaptation
Research to help SMEs overcome barriers to growth (access
to finance, economies of scale, etc.)
i. Help to overcome asymmetries of information of all
kinds
ii. Helping SMEs put their case to policy-makers for ‘SMEfriendly’ regulation