Title: An empirical case study of the transfer of GHG mitigation technologies from Annex 1 countries to Malaysia under the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM)

Authors: Ulrich Elmer Hansen

Addresses: UNEP Risoe Centre, Systems Analysis Division, Risoe National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark - DTU, Frederiksborgvej 399, P.O. Box 49, Roskilde 4000, Denmark

Abstract: This study assesses what role the CDM currently plays in relation to the transfer of GHG mitigation technologies from Annex 1 countries to non-Annex 1 countries. The study relies on multiple sources of qualitative data and is conducted as a case study of 13 CDM projects implemented in Malaysia. It focuses on the companies involved in the implementation of specific technologies in these projects and the channels that can facilitate the transfer process. In addition, the institutional CDM project approval process in Malaysia is taken into account. An analytical framework is put forward based on which it can be concluded that the CDM only plays a role in one out of the 13 projects examined. The study may contribute to provide a background for adopting future provisions concerning technology transfer in the CDM or other initiatives involving GHG mitigation activities in non-Annex 1 countries.

Keywords: clean development mechanism; CDM projects; firm-level capabilities; technological capabilities; Malaysia; greenhouse gases; GHGs; mitigation technologies; Annex 1 countries; qualitative data; project approval; analytical frameworks; technology transfer; commercialisation; Kyoto Protocol; United Nations; UN; framework conventions; climate change; global warming; treaties; UNFCCC.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2011.038451

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2011 Vol.10 No.1, pp.1 - 20

Published online: 07 Feb 2011 *

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